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Research Programme on Religious Communities and Sustainable Development

Welcome to the Research Programme on Religious Communities and Sustainable Development!


The Research Programme on Religious Communities and Sustainable Development is an interdisciplinary hub for excellent research and policy advice in the field of religion and development. It is based at the Faculty of Theology and headed by Philipp Öhlmann and Wilhelm Gräb.


Current News

Lecture Series African Independent and Pentecostal Approaches to Theology and Development

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The Research Programme RCSD of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin held their anual Lecture Series "African Independent and Pentecostal Approaches to Theology and Development". Prominent Churchleaders from South Africa Uganda, Ghana und Kenia held lectures at the theological fakulty at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin:

  • His Grace the Right Rev. Bishop Dr. Barnabas E. Lekganyane (Zion Christian Church, Südafrika)
  • Rev. Olubunmi Olushola Monye (Redeemed Christian Church of God, Uganda)
  • Rev. Dr. Michael Perry Tettey (International Central Gospel Church, Ghana)
  • Apostle Mangaliso Matshobane (Community Church, Südafrika)
  • His Grace the Archbishop, Most. Rev. Stephen N. Marete (National Independent Church of Africa, Kenia)
  • Rev. Nicta Lubaale (Organization of African Instituted Churches, Kenia)

Mehr Informationen finden Sie hier.

International Conference Between Cosmology and Community: Religion and Sustainable Development

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The conference took place at Humboldt University Berlin from 02 to 06 July. We would like to thank all distinguished church leaders, researchers and participants again for their excellent contributions and the open and lively discussions that made this conference an unique experience of exchange.
Programme and further Informations
Impressions from the Conference can be found on Twitter with the Hashtag 

Reports on the opening lectures as well as on the thematic days on Equality and Ecology can be found here:

European Conference on African Studies (ECAS)

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Marie-Luise Frost and Madlen Geidel orginized a Panel at the European Conference on African Studies (ECAS), from 11. until 14. June 2019. The Panel was held at the Centre of African Studies of the  University of Edinburgh, on the topic: "Continuities or disruptions? The role(s) of women in African Religions".

Permanent Panel on Religion and Development // 5th Joint Nordic Conference on Development Research (NorDev) in Kopenhagen, 27.-28. Juni 2019

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The submitted proposal from Philipp Öhlmann, Wilhelm Gräb, Marie-Luise Frost and Ignatius Swart (University of the Western Cape, Südafrika/VID Specialized University, Norwegen) for a Permanent Panel on Religion and Development was accepted by the Norwegian Assocation for Development Research (NFU). This Panel will be dedicatet to the tematics on Religion and Development at the Joint Nordic Development Research Conferences 2019 and 2021 aswell as the Norwegian Development Conference 2020 aus. Philipp Öhlmann, Marie-Luise Frost and Ignatius Swart moderated the first Panel at the 5th Joint Nordic Conference on Development Research (NorDev) in Kopenhagen from the 27. - 28. June.

International Partnership on Religion and Sustainable Development (PaRD)
The Research Programme RCSD became a Member of the International Partnership on Religion and Sustainable Development (PaRD). PaRD is a international Forum for Exchange and Cooperation on the Topic ov Religion and Development. Philipp Öhlmann participated for the Research Programm at the annual Meeting for Members at the PaRD in Kopenhagen. 

Colloquium fo the Reschearch Programme RCSD
On the  3. of May 2019 the Research Programm held its colloquium. 

Collaboratativ Research with the University of Pretoria, South Africa

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Within the interdisciplinary research seminar (Q-Kolleg) "Religion and sustainable development. Interdisciplinary approaches to the study of an emerging research field" Students, reisten Studierende, Postgraduates ans Researchers from RCSD traveld to South Africa. With our Partner, the  University of Pretoria, we discussed current research Topics from the 27. to the 31. of January 2019. Read the Report