Natalia Doran

Research interests

Natalia’s original academic background is in linguistics, and she has been studying philosophy and theology privately (due to family circumstances) for the best part of 30 years. Her specific interests are patristic ontology and epistemology, as well as what the late Metropolitan Kallistos (Ware) termed modern integrated theology, an area of study that considers the position of, and our relationship to, the rest of God’s creation, specifically animals.

Natalia is the founder and director of Urban Squirrels, a licensed wildlife rescue unit that operates as an animal advocacy group as well; a member of the council that runs the national Animal Protection organization Animal Aid; a trustee for Pan-Orthodox Concern for Animals, a charity that promotes the teaching on animal-related issues within the Orthodox Church; a trustee for the national animal charity Farplace Rescue.


Natalia delivered a paper on veganism at the 2023 IOTA conference in Volos in January 2023; contributed a chapter on the conceptual limits of sustainability in the book  “Climate Crisis and Sustainable Creaturely Care”, edited by Dr Nellist and published in 2021 by Cambridge Scholars Publishing; she regularly writes for the Anglican “Animal Watch” magazine.