Reverend Dr Gordon Preece BA, MA, ThL, BD, PhD
Revd Dr Gordon Preece has been appointed Director of the Centre for Research in Religion and Social Policy. An Anglican Priest based in Yarraville, Melbourne, Dr Preece brings an extensive background in leadership and research to the role. His wide-ranging experience has seen him hold positions such as Director of the Centre for Applied Christian Ethics (Ridley College, The University of Melbourne), Executive Director of Urban Seed Melbourne and Director of the Macquarie Christian Studies Institute (MCSI). Currently Dr Preece is Director of Ethos (Evangelical Alliance Centre for Christianity and Society), Chair and Executive of the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne Social Responsibilities Committee, member of the Standing Committee and Board Member of the Theology of Work Project, and Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Divinity.
Dr Preece is a highly regarded scholar, researcher and lecturer with numerous publications, including eleven books on theology of work and ethics to his name. He is a public commentator in media forums (with Compass, Waleed Aly, John Faine, Jon Cleary, The Age, Sydney Morning Herald, Herald Sun) and for articles and reviews in journals, including ABC Religion and Ethics Online, Pacifica, Equip, Interface, Theology Today, International Journal of Systematic Theology and Foreign Affairs Journal. Additionally, Dr Preece’s writing has been featured in hundreds of articles in magazines including Alive, Baptist Witness (Victoria), Southern Cross and The Melbourne Anglican (TMA). He edits the Australasian Religious Press 2013 best publication-winning and peer-reviewed Zadok Perspectives and Papers.
About his appointment, Dr Preece said:
I'm very excited and honoured to be taking on the Director's role for the new University of Divinity (UD) Centre for Research in Religion and Social Policy. The Centre is a key step forward by the University in line with one of its major aims, that of public engagement. I'm looking forward eagerly to working with UD partner institutions and members of our centre in various cross-disciplinary research projects engaging major social policy issues of our time. We aim to make our research timely and of a relatively perennial public nature.