The VHI is pleased to welcome Professor Bernard Laurent as a new Senior Research Associate, and Dr Gorazd Andrejč, Dr Gianmarco Contino, Rev Dr Vlado Kmec, and Rev Dr Boris Gunjević as new Research Associates, from February 2017.
Bernard Laurent is an economist, a lecturer at the EMLYON Business School and a Visiting Fellow at St Edmund's College. He represents the French Christian Trade Union (C.F.T.C.) on the board and on the Scientific Committee of I.R.E.S., a research center dedicated to French Trade Unions. He is working on a project on the relationship between Catholic Social Teaching and the market economy.
Gorazd Andrejč is currently an Affiliated Lecturer at the Woolf Institute, Cambridge, and he was previously an Associate Lecturer at the University of Exeter where he taught courses in philosophy of religion. His current research interests includes different modes of interreligious and religious-secular communication and disagreement, epistemological virtues and vices in religious contexts, and comparative environmentalist philosophy. His monograph Wittgenstein and Interreligious Disagreement: Philosophical and Theological Perspectives, has been published by Palgrave Macmillan in September 2016.
Gianmarco Contino is a clinical lecturer at the University of Cambridge, and a cancer geneticist at the MRC-Cancer Unit and a gastrointestinal surgeon at Addenbrookes Hospital. He is also a Honorary Lecturer at Imperial College, London, and was previously a Major Award Fellow of the European Society of Surgical Oncology, University of Illinois, and a Research Fellow at Harvard Medical School. At the VHI he contributed to the 2015 research seminar Navigating Impasses in Bioethics: Rethinking Ill/Health, and is now working on a project focusing on early detection of cancer, over-medicalization of health, and the broadening scope of medicine.
Boris Gunjević is a Tutor in Philosophy of Religion and Christian Doctrine at Westfield House for Theological Studies, Cambridge. He received his PhD in 2012 from the Catholic Theological Faculty in Zagreb, Croatia, and was an Assistant Professor at Theological Faculty Matthias Flacius Illyricus, Zagreb, until 2013. He is an ordained Minister of the Evangelical Luteran Church. He has published several books, including: Everyday Alchemy – Synergy of Weak (2016); God in Pain – God in Pain: Inversions of Apocalypse with Slavoj Žižek (2012); Those who are here are from here – History of Charity (2010); Crucified Subject – without Grail (2010).
Vlado Kmec is a Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Research Fellow at University College Dublin, and a Postgraduate Scholar in Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge. He is an Affiliated Fellow at the Centre for Religion, Conflict and the Public Domain, at the University of Groningen, and has collaborated with the VHI for many years as an affiliated member, most recently for a conference on European Migration and Refugee Crisis. His academic background includes theology, religious studies, peace and conflict studies, migration research, politics, and he is now working on a project on Religious identities of Central-Eastern European migrants.