Dr Jonathan Doney
Research Fellow


Jonathan Doney read Theology and Religious Studies at Bristol University and completed both his Masters (educational research) and PhD in Education (funded by an ESRC Studentship) at the University of Exeter. His main research interest is in methodological and analytical innovation, and he is currently a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at the Graduate School of Education working in the area of education policy development.

His Fellowship project (English Religious Education: A story of indoctrination, Instrumentalization and Ideology) focuses on contemporary uses of historical insights, specifically in relation to the policy of compulsory Religious Education in English schools since 1944. Jonathan's recently completed doctoral work investigates the ways in which pedagogical innovation has been undertaken historically. The project is methodologically innovative, setting out an operationalization of methods described in Foucault’s historical work, and has an international purview, considering how the insights from the main study inform histories of RE in other national contexts. The work is being internationally recognised, and he has delivered invited lectures on the methodology in Spain and Norway. 

Jonathan has previously made methodological and analytical contributions to a number of projects,including acting as: Research Fellow on the Novel training through virtual reality research project funded by National Aerospace Technology Programme (NATEP); Research Fellow on the Face to Faith educational programme research project funded by the Tony Blair Foundation; Research Fellow on the Group thinking measures and collaborative learning in mathematics in the UK and Japan (funded by the British Academy); and as a Consultant to the East Devon Character Building Project, funded by DFE.

Formerly, Jonathan has been involved in a number of historical projects including The Hidden History of Curriculum Change in Religious Education in English Schools, 1969-1979, an investigation into the history of the Girls’ Day School Trust, and Exe Libris: on-line Bibliography. He has also been involved in contemporary research projects including RE-Flect, The Art of Narrative Theology and RE-Searchers.


BA(Hons) (Bristol), PGCE (Exeter), PGDip (Exeter), MSc (Exeter), PhD (Exeter), AHEA.


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