Michael Burdett: Co-Director
Research Fellow in Religion, Science and Technology, Wycliffe Hall
BA, BS, MPhil, DPhil (Oxford)
Before becoming an academic, Michael worked in the aerospace and robotics industries for several years with a firm that had contracts with NASA and JPL. He holds degrees in engineering, physics, and theology and has been given academic and professional awards in each field.
His academic interests lie at the intersection of science and technology, theology and philosophy. He has published and presented internationally on continental philosophy, transhumanism, the technological society and Christian theology.
He is a series editor for the Routledge Science and Religion Series and is an associate of the Ian Ramsey Centre, Oxford. He has authored the books Beyond Genetic Engineering: Technology and the Religion of Transhumanism (Grove Books 2014) and Eschatology and the Technological Future (Routledge 2015). Currently he leads several research projects. The first, Bridging the Two Cultures of Science and Humanities, provides research opportunities for early career academics and their institutions in science and religion. The second, funded by the John Templeton Foundation, is entitled Co-creating Ourselves?: Deification and Creaturehood in an Age of Biotechnological Enhancement. Central outputs include a symposium, a research monograph and a special issue of a theological journal.