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Philomena Cullen

Dr Philomena Cullen

Senior Policy Adviser UK Poverty


Office Location: London, UK

Dr Philomena Cullen is a Senior Policy Adviser at Oxfam GB advising on UK poverty issues. She believes in the integration of theory and practice across disciplinary boundaries to find the best solutions to make a difference to the lives of people experiencing the complex injustice of poverty.

Philomena began her career as a statutory social worker, before moving into the voluntary sector where she has held a number of policy and management posts over the last fifteen years, including at the House of Commons, with Save the Children, adviser at the Catholic Bishop's Conference of England and Wales, as well as four years as the chief executive of a frontline anti-poverty charity serving vulnerable Irish emigrants.

A pastoral theologian with a feminist specialism, Philomena is also trained in the Social Sciences, and has held lectureships at Cambridge University, Anglia Ruskin University, and at St Mary's University, Twickenham. Her publications include Catholic Social Justice (Continuum, 2008), and she remains a visiting lecturer at the Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology in Cambridge.

In her spare time she is trustee of the Plater Trust and the academic Centre for Catholic Social Thought and Practice. She is currently an executive member of the British and Irish Association of Practical Theology (BIAPT).