Richard Gunton has wide-ranging scientific research interests focusing on ecology, environmental policy evaluation, ethical value theory and philosophy of science. He holds a PhD from the University of Leeds and an MA from the University of Cambridge.
Richard is currently Lecturer in Statistics at the University of Winchester, where he also convenes taught courses in the Institute of Value Studies, taking a liberal-arts approach to questions of value and meaning in contemporary culture. He is also an Honorary Senior Research Associate at UCL (London), where he works with Prof. Michael Reiss on ethics and philosophy of science. He is a trustee of the UK-based Thinking Faith Network and coordinator of its project Faith-in-Scholarship, as well as being one of the founders of Church Scientific, a creative place for scientific thinkers motivated by Christian faith to explore all kinds of ideas that influence their work and to develop fresh perspectives on the role of faith in the sciences. He is a member of the All of Life Redeemed committee coordinating its series of webinars.
Richard's academic career started with internships at A Rocha Portugal, where he conducted vegetation surveys that later contributed to the successful legal campaign fought by A Rocha to protect the Alvor Estuary from development. His PhD at Leeds looked at spatial dynamics in a plant population, following which he held postdoctoral positions at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa), the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (France), and the University of Leeds once again. During this period he also worked in Australia, with a period at Charles Darwin University and participation in a project of the Australian Centre for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis.
- Faith-in-Scholarship blog posts on Reformational perspectives in academic work: https://www.thinkfaith.net/user/114/content
- Church Scientific articles on Reformational philosophy of science: http://churchscientific.org.uk/
Selected journal articles
- Gunton RM, Basden A, Hejnowicz AP, van Asperen E, Christie I, Hanson DR, Hartley SE (in review) The Pluralistic Evaluation Framework: towards democratically-accountable joined-up environmental policy-making
- Gunton R. & Gilbert F. 2017. Laws in ecology: diverse modes of explanation for a holistic science? Zygon 52: 538-560
- Gunton R.M., van Asperen E., Basden A., Bookless D., Araya Y., Hanson D.R., Goddard M.A., Otieno G., Jones G.O. 2017. Beyond ecosystem services: valuing the invaluable. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 32: 249-257
- Gunton R.M., Firbank L.G., Inman A., Winter D.M. 2016. How scalable is sustainable intensification? Nature Plants doi:10.1038/nplants.2016.65
- Gunton R.M. & Gilbert F. 2019. Reintegrating biology: nothing in evolution makes sense except in the light of ecology. In: Rethinking Biology: Public Understandings (ed. Reiss M, Watts F, Wiseman H) World Scientific
- Gunton R.M. 2015. Fine-tuning arguments for the existence of God: a shot in the foot? In Laws of Nature, Laws of God? ed Spurway N. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Cambridge.