Centre for Spirituality, Health and Disability

REF 2021

1st in the UK

Divinity at the University of Aberdeen was ranked 1st in the UK for overall quality of research

Centre for Spirituality, Health and Disability

The Centre for Spirituality, Health and Disability is based in the School of Divinity, History, Philosophy & Art History, King’s College, University of Aberdeen. The Centre has access to all of the resources of the university including full computing facilities, extensive research software, as well as access to world class expertise within the areas of theology, medicine, nursing, disability studies and qualitative and quantitative research. It is ideally placed to meet the needs of collaborative research projects, hosting conferences and for the supervision of students at postgraduate and post-doctoral levels.

Purpose and aims

The Centre has a dual focus on:

  • The relationship between spirituality, health and healing and the significance of the spiritual dimension for contemporary healthcare practices
  • The theology of disability

The centre aims to enable academics, researchers, practitioners and educators to work together to develop innovative and creative research projects and teaching initiatives.

The Centre:

  • provides a focal point for developing innovative, action oriented research programs exploring the centre’s two key themes
  • produces research of international standing
  • develops new and innovative educational initiatives aimed at pastoral carers and those working within health and social care services
  • brings together multidisciplinary teams of researchers to develop networks that will produce exciting and innovative collaborative projects
  • encourages formal creative affiliations with other centres, institutions and organisations involved in similar work throughout the world


John Swinton PhD. B.D. RNM. RNMH. 
Professor in Practical Theology and Pastoral Care

School of Divinity with Religious Studies and Philosophy
King's College
University of Aberdeen
AB24 3UB
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0) 1224 27 3224
Fax: +44 (0) 1224 273750
Email:  j.swinton@abdn.ac.uk