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Dr Martin Wood

Senior Lecturer in Religion, Philosophy and Ethics

My love of religion stems from several years spent with a backpack, travelling through Australasia, East Asia and India encountering Maoris, Buddhists and Hindus, sharing food and exchanging thoughts and experiences. Chevron icon


My love of studying religion stems from several years spent with a backpack on, travelling through Australasia, East Asia and India. I have spent a good deal of time researching in the field since then, working with Maori communities in the U.K. and Aotearoa (New Zealand) and Gujarati Hindu communities across this country, in New Zealand and India. I enjoy teaching the subject enormously and hope that I might inspire students to get out there and sniff the incense.


  • BA (Hons): Study of Religions, University of Chichester, 1996
  • MA: Study of Religions, Bath Spa University, 2000
  • PhD: Theology and Religious Studies, University of Bristol, 2008

Membership of professional bodies

British Association for Study of Religions

Gujarati Studies Association (2009)

Teaching & Research


Hinduism, Buddhism, sociology and anthropology of religion.

Judaism, Christianity, Islam.

Indigenous traditions.


Gujarati Hinduism (Jalaram Bapa tradition) in India and U.K.


More publications from Dr Martin Wood can be found in the Research Repository.

External responsibilities

Alliance of Religions and Conservation (2012-13).

Open University (2010).

Subject for media interview


Indigenous Traditions (Maori)