20142019

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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

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, Volunteering and Holiday Hunger: Questioning Action and Persistence through Affect Theory

    Denning, S., 2018, University of Bristol. 266 p.

    Research output: Thesis (awarded by external institution)Doctoral Thesis

    Open Access
  • 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

  • Activities

    Top-down meets bottom up

    Stephanie Denning (Participant)
    22 May 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

    Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) (External organisation)

    Stephanie Denning (Member)
    2019

    Activity: MembershipMembership of council

    Royal Geographical Society IBG Annual Conference 2019

    Stephanie Denning (Speaker)
    29 Aug 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

    Prizes

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  • Science Undergraduate prize

    Stephanie Denning (Recipient), 2012

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • WA Cadbury Prize

    Stephanie Denning (Recipient), 2012

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Press / Media

    A benefit that harms, not helps

    Stephanie Denning

    27/09/19

    1 media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    How is the Church responding to austerity?

    Stephanie Denning

    16/09/19

    1 media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment