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Dr Martin Poulsom SDB

Dr Martin Poulsom SDB Head of Theology, Lecturer
Telephone: 020 7795 4268


Martin Poulsom became Head of Theology at Heythrop in September 2015 and has been a Lecturer in Systematic Theology at Heythrop since 2006. He is a member of the Salesians of Don Bosco, a Roman Catholic religious congregation that specializes in youth work. As a Salesian (since 1987), he has lived in various places in England and Ireland and has experience of running residential retreats, youth work, leadership training for youth ministers, parish and ecumenical work, and various forms of music ministry. He has been a presbyter since 1997. He is a member of the Youth Ministry network of the Salesian Province, focussing particularly on young adult work and advocacy in the area of Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation. He is also a member of the Province Formation Commission. He lives in the Salesian community in Battersea, from which he usually walks to work.

He has first degrees in Biochemistry and in Philosophy & Theology (the latter from Heythrop). He also holds a Heythrop MTh in Pastoral Theology, a Cambridge MPhil in Philosophy of Religion and an Oxford DPhil in Philosophical Theology.

Current teaching


Creation, Grace and Resurrection (TH303)
Belief and Unbelief (ST311)


Central Themes in Modern Christian Theology (CTH412)
Theology of Religious Life (PAS520)

Martin is Programme Convenor of the BA in Theology and the MA in Christian Theology

Research Interests

Additional Areas of Interest

  • Nature and grace; Edward Schillebeeckx; Creation and the structre of theological discourse; Atheism and Theism


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Other information

Martin has recently undertaken theological consultancy work for CAFOD, Progressio, Operation Noah and various other organisations involved in Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation. He is Chair of the livesimply Coordinating Group in England and Wales. He visits Secondary Schools and Sixth Forms to talk about theology and philosophy of religion, and does INSET and ethos work with school staff.

He enjoys getting out of the city, walking, and landscape and garden photography. He is also a singer-songwriter, and you can hear his music online at