Professor Michael Northcott

Professor (Emeritus) of the University of Edinburgh

Professor Michael Northcott was educated at Durham University (1973-77), where he took degrees in Theology (BA Hons) and Systematic Theology (MA); and Sunderland Polytechnic (PhD). He was ordained priest in the Church of England in June 1982 at Manchester Cathedral.

In his career he has worked as Research Assistant at Sunderland Polytechnic (1977-80); Assistant Curate at St Clement’s Church, Chorlton-cum-Hardy in the Diocese of Manchester (1981-84); Mission Priest for USPG, and lecturer at the Seminari Theologi Malaysia in the Diocese of West Malaysia (1984-89); Honorary Priest in the Diocese of Edinburgh (1989-2017); Lecturer, Reader, Professor in the University of Edinburgh (1989-2017); Guest Professor in the University of Heidelberg, Germany (2018); and Visiting Professor at the Indonesian Consortium of Religious Studies, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, (2019-20). He has also held visiting positions at universities and churches in North America, Australia, Malaysia and Indonesia.

He is now Professor Emeritus of Ethics of the University of Edinburgh and continues to be in demand as a speaker and preacher at ecclesiastical venues and events. Most of his invited speaker engagements are in England.

Virtual lectures

Michael is available to deliver his lectures online, via Zoom or streaming. Please ask about this option when making your booking.


Systematic Theology and Climate Change, edited with Peter M. Scott (London: Routledge 2015)

Diversity and Dominion: Dialogues in Ecology, Ethics, and Theology, edited with Kyle Vanhoutan (Eugene, ON: Cascade Books, 2010)

Theology After Darwin, edited with R. J. Berry (Carlisle: Paternoster Press, 2009).

Urban Theology: A Reader (London: Continuum, 1998)

Aids, Sex and the Scottish Churches (Edinburgh: Centre for Theology and Public Issues, 1993)

Professor Northcott has also published over 100 journal articles and book chapters.

Lecture titles

  • Brexit, Trump and the Common Good
  • Christianity and Care for Creation
  • Economic and Social Ethics