Chris Shannahan is a Research Fellow in Faith and Peaceful Relations at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations at Coventry University. An urban theologian who seeks to marry activism with academia and research with practice, Chris was a Lecturer in Religion and Theology at the University of Manchester before moving to Coventry University in 2015. Prior to his doctoral research at the University of Birmingham Chris served as an inner city Methodist Minister and worked as a community organiser and R.E teacher in London. His publications include Voices from the Borderland (2010) and A Theology of Community Organizing(2014). Chris’ research focuses on the relationship between urban theology and racism/multiculturalism, youth social exclusion and hip-hop and theology and poverty in the UK. He is currently developing a three year ethnographic urban theology project focusing on the impact that the ‘age of austerity’ has had on Christian engagement with poverty in the UK and a further project exploring the impact that Coventry’s self-description as a city of ‘peace and reconciliation’ has on social cohesion in the city.