Dr. Jack Hunter

Dr. Jack Hunter is an anthropologist exploring the borderlands of consciousness, religion, ecology and the paranormal. He lives in the hills of Mid-Wales with his family. His doctoral research with the University of Bristol examined the experiences of spirit mediums and their influence on the development of self-concepts and models of consciousness, and is an effort towards a non-reductive anthropology of the paranormal. He is a Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute, and sits on the RAI Education Committee. He has served as a reviewer for the Journal of Exceptional Experiences and Psychology (JEEP), Journal of the British Association for the Study of Religion (JBASR), the Journal for the Study of Religious Experience (JSRE), and as a referree for the Parapsycholoigcal Association. He is also a founding member of the Afterlife Research Centre (ARC). Jack is currently an Access to Higher Education tutor for Health and Social Care (Social Sciences) at North Shropshire College, where he teaches Psychology and Sociology. He completed a Permaculture Design Course at Chester Cathedral in 2017, and is currently working on the One School One Planet project to develop a mainstream permaculture curriculum for schools. He is also a musician and an ordained Dudeist Priest. This website is a collection of his work.

Research Interests:

  • Anthropology of Religion
  • Anthropology of the Paranormal
  • Parapsychology
  • Religious Studies
  • Religious Experience
  • Anthropology of Consciousness
  • Ontological Anthropology
  • Spiritualism
  • Spirit Possession and Shamanism
  • Altered States of Consciousness
  • Anomalous and Extraordinary Experience
  • Spirits and Entity Encounters
  • Religious Education
  • Pedagogies of Religious Education
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Phenomenology
  • Psychedelics
  • Permaculture
  • Ecopsychology
  • Deep Ecology
  • Systems Thinking
  • Animism
  • Magic and the Occult
  • Folklore and Myth...


  • 2017 - Award for Services to Examining,
    3 Consecutive Years, Joint Council for Qualifications.
  • 2015 - Read-Tuckwell Scholarship, University of Bristol.
  • 2015 - Scholarly Incentive Award, Parapsychology Foundation.
  • 2011 - Research Grant, Society for Psychical Research.
  • 2011 - Gertrude Schmeidler Outstanding Student Contribution Award, Parapsychological Association.
  • 2010 - Eileen J. Garrett Scholarship, Parapsychology Foundation.