Ruth Slatter is Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Hull, where she is the Human Geography Programme Director and Deputy Director of Geography, Geology and Environmental Science Admissions. Her research interests lie in the contemporary and historical geographies of religion, faith and spirituality. She has published research on participatory approaches to religion, faith and spirituality; historical experiences of sacred spaces; and the materiality and design of church buildings.
Completing her Wolfson Foundation funded PhD in 2017, Ruth has subsequently been the recipient of external funding from the British Academy, the Royal Geographical Society, the Oxford Centre for Methodism and Church History and the Caxton Club.
Ruth is currently the Principal Investigator of 'Jumpers, Umbrellas and Plastic Bags: material culture and women's everyday experiences of Methodism since 1945', an 18 month British Academy funded project exploring how material has contributed to women's experiences of Methodism over the past 75 years. Working with the newly formed Methodist Women's collected at Epworth Old Rectory and Methodist Women in Britain, this project is demonstrating how material approaches to religion can provide insights into women's previously overlooked contributions to Methodism and society more generally.
In 2019, Ruth was awarded at Royal Geographical Society Small Grant, which facilitated research into the Pre-Raphaelite and Methodist artist James Smetham. Now a Visiting Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Methodism and Church History, she is collaborating with them to develop a programme of public events exploring the intersections of art, faith and wellbeing.
Ruth is the Communications Officer for the Royal Geographical Society's Historical Geography Research Group, and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and Higher Education Academy.