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Research Interests

Poverty; Food poverty; Holiday hunger; Volunteering; Christianity; Faith-based social action; Affect theory

Biography

Stephanie Denning is a social and cultural geographer, whose research focusses on Christian responses to poverty - faith-based social action, Christianity, volunteering, and holiday hunger.  To keep up to date with Stephanie's research, follow her on Twitter @SJ_Denning.

Stephanie is currently working on the multi-disciplinary ESRC-funded project 'Life on the Breadline - Christianity, Poverty and Politics in the 21st century'.  The project is examining Christian responses to UK poverty in the context of austerity.  It combines ethnography with interviews of national church leaders and an online survey with regional church leaders.  For more information, visit http://breadlineresearch.coventry.ac.uk

Stephanie completed her PhD in Human Geography at the University of Bristol in 2018.  Her PhD research examined Christian responses to holiday hunger through establishing a running a project with the national charity 'MakeLunch' to question how people are motivated by their faith to volunteer, and how they persist in volunteering.  Prior to this, Stephanie completed the MSc Human Geography: Society and Space at the University of Bristol in 2014, and obtained a BSc Geography at the University of Birmingham in 2012.

PhD Project

My PhD research at the University of Bristol was within social and cultural geography, exploring faith-based social action. Using participatory methodologies I established and ran a project through the national charity MakeLunch to tackle children’s holiday hunger. Capturing volunteers’ experiences in diaries and interviews I explored how volunteers are motivated to act in a faith context, and to continue volunteering. I under-took this analysis through the philosophies of affective geographies to see how people’s capacities to act are impacted upon by past action. The research concluded that Christian faith can motivate action, but motivations must be continually re-ignited to avoid in-action. The research contributed to the geographies of religion in understanding the role of religion in people’s daily lives and in society, and to an affect theory approach for faith-based research. Finally the research contributed to the voluntary sector for understanding how people persist in volunteering.

Education/Academic qualification

Human Geography, Doctorate, University of Bristol

20142018

Human Geography, MSc

20132014

Geography, Degree, University of Birmingham

20092012

Keywords

  • G Geography (General)
  • BR Christianity
  • H Social Sciences (General)

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Research Output 2014 2019

  • 4 Other contribution
  • 2 Commissioned report
  • 1 Article
  • 1 Web publication/site

Persistence in Volunteering: An Affect Theory Approach to Faith-Based Volunteering

Denning, S., 19 Jun 2019, In : Social and Cultural Geography. (In-Press), p. (In-Press) 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

faith
persistence
religion
voluntarism
geography
holiday
hunger
faith
persistence
sympathy

Holiday Hunger in Bristol: Scoping Need and Provision

Denning, S., 2018, Feeding Bristol.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

Ingredients for Action: Understanding and Responding to Food Poverty

Denning, S. & Buckingham, H., 2017, London: Church Urban Fund. 16 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

poverty
food
bank
church
commissioned research
File
faith
poverty
food
experience
Group

Activities 2016 2019

  • 10 Participation in conference
  • 7 Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Continuity and change in an era of stability: developing a shared agenda for voluntary action research and practice

Stephanie Denning (Participant)
14 Feb 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

Top-down meets bottom up

Stephanie Denning (Participant)
22 May 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Food Power Annual Conference

Stephanie Denning (Participant)
12 Jun 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Midlands food security workshop

Stephanie Denning (Participant)
2 May 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

Food Action & Research Midlands launch

Stephanie Denning (Participant)
20 Jun 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

Prizes

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coproduction
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Teaching

Royal Geographical Society Fellowship

Stephanie Denning (Recipient), Jul 2019

Prize: Election to learned society

Science Undergraduate prize

Stephanie Denning (Recipient), 2012

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Earth science
student
environmental science
school
geography

WA Cadbury Prize

Stephanie Denning (Recipient), 2012

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

geography
student

Press / Media