Research Programme on Religious Communities and Sustainable Development

Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Gräb

Head of the Research Programme on Religious Communities and Sustainable Development

Curriculum Vitae

  • Extraordinary Professor at the Faculty of Theology, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa
  • Head of the Research Programme on Religious Communities and Sustainable Development, Faculty of Theology, Humboldt University Berlin
  • 1999 to 2016 Chair of Practical Theology, Director of the Institute for Sociology of Religion and Community Building at the HUB and University Preacher
  • 1993 to 1999 Chair of Practical Theology at the Ruhr University Bochum and University Preacher
  • 1991 to 1992 substitute professor (religious education) in Jena
  • 1988 to 1993 Student Parish Office and Private Lectureship for Practical Theology in Göttingen
  • 1980 to 1988 Assistant Professor and Habilitation in Göttingen
  • 1978 to 1980 Vicariate in Bad Gandersheim and parish priest in Göttingen
  • 1979 Doctorate (Dr. theol.) in Göttingen, Germany
  • 1948 Birth in Bad Säckingen on the Rhine
  • Student of Protestant theology in Bethel, Göttingen and Heidelberg


Research Projects

  • 2016 Research project "Are African Initiated Churches Suitable Partners for Future Development Cooperation", funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ); further information on this project can be found here.
  • 2010-2013 Research Project "Religious Orientations and Justification Patterns in the German 'Anti-Nuclear Movement': A Case Study on the Example of Gorleben", funded by the DFG
  • since 2005 interdisciplinary research project "Individuality", funded by the Fritz Thyssen Foundation and since 2009 co-funded by the Metanexus Institute (USA)
    2005 Interdisciplinary Colloquia Identity and Difference between Aesthetic and Religious
  • Experience
  • 2003 Research project "Religion in the Lifeworld of Modernity", funded by the DFG
  • 2002 to 2005 Research project "Media Religion", funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG)

Bodies and Functions

  • Managing Editor of the International Journal of Practical Theology (IJPT)
  • Managing editor of the sermon studies
  • Treasurer of the Schleiermacher Society
  • Dean of the Theological Faculty of the HUB (2005 to 2007)
  • Host of the International Schleiermacher Congress in Berlin 2006
  • Host of the International Congress of the IAPT in Berlin 2007


  • Scientific Society of Theologie (WGTh)
  • American Academy of Religion (AAR)
  • International Academy of Practical Theology (IAPT)
  • Schleiermacher-Society
  • Ernst-Troeltsch-Society