Esmé Lily Katherine Partridge is a writer and consultant working at the intersection of religion, philosophy and politics. She holds a First Class BA in the Study of Religions from SOAS, University of London, and is currently pursuing an MPhil in the Philosophy of Religion at Clare College, University of Cambridge.
Esmé’s research interests include Platonism, Renaissance thought, and perennial philosophy. She is currently writing her dissertation on the 16th Century French jurist Jean Bodin’s philosophy of religious pluralism, with a focus on his Colloquium Heptaplomeres. She is particularly interested in the application of his ideas to modern society, having recently authored a paper on the interfaith ethos of King Charles III.
Esmé’s academic work has also appeared in the Temenos Academy Review and the Journal of the Muhyiddin Ibn Arabi Society. Outside of academia, she is also a freelance writer who has contributed to The Critic, The European Conservative, First Things, Renovatio, the Royal Society of Arts, Theos Think Tank and UnHerd among other publications.
In her role as a Consultant for the Good Faith Partnership, Esmé worked on a range of interfaith and religious freedom initiatives for clients such as the Abu Dhabi Forum for Peace, the International Community of the Holy Sepulchre, and the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office. Most recently, she authored a report on the Marrakesh Declaration and its relevance to UK Freedom of Religion Belief policy. For two years she was also on the secretariat of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Christianity in the Holy Land.
Esmé continues to consult in a private capacity, and applies her interests to a number of freelance projects. Her work has been featured by SOAS, Church Times, Jewish News, The Irish Catholic, The Week, Atlantico, and the Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art.