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Erin Wilson

Theology and Religious Studies

Erin Wilson (Australia, 1979) studied political science, gained a PhD from the University of Queensland in 2008, and worked for some time at the RMIT University of Melbourne. In 2012 she was appointed director of the Centre for Religion, Conflict and the Public Domain of the University of Groningen.

Wilson stimulates her students to think critically by focusing on the link between theory and social practice. ‘The university is not only an institution for acquiring knowledge, it also has a responsibility to produce good citizens, people who can think critically and are committed to making the world a better place,’ says Wilson. She also sees it as her task to help her students transition from study to work. To this end they are required to practise writing policy papers. Her students appreciate her humour, calm personality and genuine interest in them. ‘She is really open. When she says that we can come to her any time if we have a question or a problem, she really means it, and she actually makes time for us. She also creates a really open atmosphere in her lectures so that everyone feels safe to join in the discussion.’

Erin Wilson
Erin Wilson
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