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 Liam Metcalf-White – Project Officer and Research Assistant.

The work of the CSARS Group is overseen by Prof 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 Associate Professor of 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…

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…

Liam Metcalf-White

Liam Metcalf-White received his BA and MA in Religious Studies from the University of Chester. He is currently an MPhil/PhD candidate in the Sociology of Religion and Graduate Teaching Assistant in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies. He has research interests in religion, spirituality and recovery from addiction,…

Tim Roberts

Tim’s background is in Broadcast Media with an extensive career in Business Development and Project Management at ITV PLC. He began retraining in counselling and addiction in 2011 and took up a post at the Rhoserchan Treatment Centre in West Wales as a Support Worker where he worked for…

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