Cathy Cantwell

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Present Position

Research Officer, Grade II, and Member of the Buddhist Studies Unit, Oriental Institute, University of Oxford (2002-date); Member, Wolfson College, Oxford.

Career Profile

Cathy has worked widely in Buddhist and Tibetan Studies, especially focusing on Tibetan tantric ritual, including both contemporary and historical sources of different periods. Her career began with a degree in Social Anthropology (Kent 1978), progressing to doctoral research on the ritual practice at a Tibetan monastery in Northern India. In the past decade, she has principally worked on Tibetan textual research projects, combining this with teaching at a number of Higher Education institutions (Oxford, Open, Lampeter, Sunderland, Kent and others). She has supervised and examined PhD research in Buddhist studies, refereed for publishers, academic journals and Research Councils, and is currently working on two university level textbooks as well as her research contributions. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a Committee Member of the U.K. Association for Buddhist Studies, and a member of the International Association for Tibetan Studies, the International Association for Buddhist Studies, and the Association of Social Anthropologists, U.K.

In 2008 she was elected Secretary of the U.K. Association for Buddhist Studies.

Research Interests



Book Chapters and Refereed Journal Articles:

Current Projects

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Previous Projects:

At Cardiff University

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At the University of Kent:

Additional Information

Cathy also works as a researcher at the Oriental Institute, University of Oxford.

She is a committee member of the UK Association for Buddhist Studies.

Page revised 6 September 2010
by Geoffrey Samuel.