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Revd Dr Roger Abbott

Email: rpa24@cam.ac.uk

Roger is Senior Research Associate in ‘Natural’ Disasters (though he is persuaded there are no disasters that are actually natural, just human). He has carried out projects in Haiti, following the devastating earthquake in 2010, which explored how survivors’ Christian beliefs influenced their response to and recovery from that catastrophic event. Since 2015 to date, he is working on projects in New Orleans, the Philippines, and in Somerset, exploring the influence of faith beliefs on survivors’ relationships (with God, with their community, and with the natural environment). Following over thirty years of pastoral experience, Roger gained his Ph.D. in a practical theology of disaster response, from the University of Wales, Trinity & St. David. He has taught a university of Chester validated MA module in the pastoral response to trauma, has run a consultancy on pastoral care of trauma, and has been an active responder to traumatic incidents in the UK since 1989. He is a member of the British and Irish Association for Practical Theologians and of the Society for the Study of Theology.
 
He currently working on the religious and cultural impacts of natural disasters upon Christian communities, with special reference to vulnerability and resilience in Haiti in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake. He has also commenced a longitudinal study in the Philippines following the response to and recovery from typhoon Yolanda. He holds a PhD in the practical theology of disaster response in the UK, which he gained from the University of Wales, Trinity and St David, following over thirty years in church pastoral ministry. He runs a consultancy in pastoral care of trauma, and he teaches University of Chester validated MA and DMin modules in the pastoral response to trauma at the Wales Evangelical School of Theology, Bridgend. He is a member of the British and Irish Association of Practical Theology
 
Publications:
"Sit On Our Hands, or Stand On Our Feet?"
Oregon: Wipf & Stock, 2013.

“Trauma, Compassion, and Community: Reconciling Opposites in the Interests of Post-traumatic Growth.” Practical Theology. 5.1 (2012): 31-46. doi: 10.1558/prth.v5i1.31

Abbott, Roger and Robert (Bob) White: “Haiti – An Unnatural Disaster: Ethics in Brief."
The Kirby Laing Institute For Christian Ethics. Volume 18 Number 3 (Spring 2013).