CRA Approved Researchers

Introduction

Tuesday, September 11th, 2018

At its 2017 Annual General Meeting, the Board of the Christian Research Association agreed on a proposal to appoint Approved Researchers to assist the CRA to undertake contract research as appropriate. The Approved Researchers will also contribute regularly to Pointers.

The following provides a very brief summary of four of CRA’s Approved Researchers.

Rev Dr Philip Hughes

Tuesday, September 11th, 2018

Philip has spent most of his life in research on the spiritual and religious dimensions of culture and their expression in both religious organisations and schools. For 31 years, he was the senior research officer of the Christian Research Association. He also worked for 11 years at Edith Cowan University, and is an honorary Research Fellow with the University of Divinity and the Catholic Pastoral Research Office. He is now the chief supervisor for post-graduate research at Harvest Bible College. For 30 years, he has served on school councils, and for 10 years chaired the Council of Kingswood College, a Uniting Church school in Box Hill. Philip has written more than 60 books and hundreds of articles. He is ordained as a minister of religion within the Uniting Church in Australia, and had 16 years pastoral experience in three churches: inner city, rural town, and suburban.

Dr Wilma Gallet

Tuesday, September 11th, 2018

Wilma worked in the public service for many years before being asked by The Salvation Army to establish E-Plus, the Army’s employment services, and became its founding CEO. Since that time, she has worked extensively with other welfare agencies in the various denominations. Wilma has served on a range of government committees and forums, including both the National Council of Drugs and Welfare Reform Consultative Forum. Her PhD from Melbourne University investigated church-administered welfare and government.

Dr Bob Dixon

Tuesday, September 11th, 2018

Bob retired as Foundation Director of the Pastoral Research Office of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (now the ACBC National Centre for Pastoral Research) in 2016, after 21 years in the role. He is an Honorary Professor of Australian Catholic University and an Honorary Research Fellow of the University of Divinity. Bob holds degrees in science, education and theology, and a PhD in sociology. He has authored and co-authored numerous publications about the demography of the Australian Catholic population, aspects of Catholic belief and practice, and Catholic parishes.

Dr Ruth Webber

Tuesday, September 11th, 2018

Ruth is an Honorary Professor at Australian Catholic University (ACU) and holds honorary appointments at the University of Divinity, the ACBC National Centre for Pastoral Research and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Ruth has degrees in sociology, psychology and education, and from 2004 until 2013 was the director of ACU’s Quality of Life and Social Justice Research Centre, conducting research in areas related to social justice, such as intellectual disability, social engagement, youth spirituality, sexual assault and natural disasters. Since formally retiring in 2014, she has undertaken private research for several non-profit welfare agencies.