Andrew Linzey is a member of the Faculty of Theology in the University of Oxford, and Honorary Research Fellow of St Stephen’s House, Oxford. He is also Professor of Animal Theology at the University of Winchester, and Special Professor at Saint Xavier University, Chicago. In addition, he is the first Professor of Animal Ethics at the Graduate Theological Foundation, Indiana.
After earning his PhD from the University of London in 1986 for his work on Karl Barth's doctrine of creation, Linzey was appointed to positions at the University of Essex, the University of Nottingham and the Koret School of Veterinary Medicine at Hebrew University, Jerusalem. From 1992 - 2000 he held the world’s first academic post in Theology and Animal Welfare at Mansfield College, Oxford; he held a similar position Blackfriars Hall, Oxford, from 2000-2006.
Linzey has lectured and broadcast extensively in Europe and the United States. In 2001, Linzey was awarded a DD (Doctor of Divinity) degree by the Archbishop of Canterbury in recognition of his "unique and massive pioneering work at a scholarly level in the area of the theology of creation with particular reference to the rights and welfare of God’s sentient creatures." This is the highest award that the Archbishop can bestow on a theologian and the first time it has been awarded for theological work on animals. In 2006, he was placed on The Independent’s "Good List" of 50 people who have changed Britain "for the better." In 2010, he was awarded the Lord Erskine Award from the RSPCA for advancing animal welfare within the Christian community.
- Reframing of traditional Christian attitudes toward animals
- Advocacy against animal suffering
- Creative liturgies and rites about, for, and involving animals