The People of CSARS Group

The day to day project and research work of the Chester Studies of Addiction, Recovery and Spirituality Group is run by a small executive team: Dr Wendy Dossett – Director (Research), Professor John Stoner – Director (Projects) and Tim Roberts – Project Officer and Senior Research Assistant.

The work of the CSARS Group is overseen by Dr Wayne Morris for the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Chester.

The CSARS Group has numerous formal and informal partnerships with third-sector and recovery organisations, academic departments, individual researchers and policy makers.



Dr Wendy Dossett

Wendy is Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies at the University of Chester, Programme Leader for the MA in Religious Studies and Principal Investigator of the Higher Power Project. She is a former Associate Director of the Alister Hardy Religious Experience Research Centre, and Secretary of the Shap Working Party for Religions in Education. She has research interests and publications in Japanese Buddhism, religious education, religious and spiritual experience outside of

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Professor John Stoner

John Stoner is an experienced environmental scientist and senior manager with interests in the environment and health. He played a prominent part in designing and delivering the organisational and culture changes associated with the formation of the National Rivers Authority and subsequently the Environment Agency. He was formerly Regional Director of the NRA and EA in Wales and was awarded an OBE for services to the environment in Wales in

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Tim Roberts

Tim joined the University of Chester as Senior Research Assistant on the Higher Power Project in November 2013 and took on additional duties assisting in the creation of the CSARS Group and in running the Knowledge Transfer Projects that the newly formed group has generated. Most recently he has been a co-facilitator of the WRAP Project in Wrexham.

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