Research Programme on Religious Communities and Sustainable Development

Journal Religion & Development



Journal description

Religion & Development is a peer-reviewed open access journal of the International Network on Religious Communities and Sustainable Development (IN//RCSD) / the Research Programme on Religious Communities and Sustainable Development at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin in cooperation with the Specialised Information Service in Religious Studies and Theology at Tübingen University. It is be hosted by the Specialised Information Service’s open journals programme.


Aims & Scope

Over the past years, a new interdisciplinary and dynamic research field on religion and development has emerged. A growing corpus of literature has begun to investigate the manifold relationships and interactions of religion and development. The topic is of cross-disciplinary interest, with research spanning from religious studies and theology to anthropology, sociology, politics, economics and development studies.
The journal Religion & Development seeks to contribute to the religion and development research field by publishing original, peer-reviewed research in this field. The journal is interdisciplinary and welcomes contributions from across the social sciences and humanities.
Both religion and development are understood in a wide sense. Religion encompasses all forms of religious institutions, communities, networks, scenes, cultures, and phenomena. Development refers to manifold processes of social, economic, ecological, political and cultural dynamics in all parts of the world. One core frame of reference are the Sustainable Development Goals. Overarching questions are, for example, how religious communities contribute to processes of (sustainable) development, how social, economic, ecological, political and cultural dynamics affect religion and what understandings and notions of (sustainable) development exist in religious communities.


Editors / Editorial Committee

Executive Editor:
Philipp Öhlmann, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany

Academic Editors:
Olufunke Adeboye, University of Lagos, Nigeria
Nadine Bowers-Du Toit, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
Ignatius Swart, University of the Western Cape, South Africa
Tanya van Wyk, University of Pretoria, South Africa

Editors, Policy and Practice Notes:
Jennifer Philippa Eggert, Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities, USA
Olivia Wilkinson, Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities, USA

Editor, Book Reviews:
Barbara Bompani, University of Edinburgh, UK

Editorial Coordinator:
Juliane Stork, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany


Editorial Board

Ayşe Almıla Akca, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany

Emmanuel Anim, Pentecost University, Ghana

Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu, Trinity Theological Seminary, Ghana

Masooda Bano, University of Oxford, UK

Jacques Beukes, University of Pretoria, South Africa

Ezra Chitando, University of Zimbabwe

Thia Cooper, Gustavus Adolphus College, USA

Afolorunso O. Dairo, Redeemer’s University, Nigeria

Musa Dube, University of Botswana and Emory University, USA

Siphiwe Dube, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa

Johannes Eurich, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, Germany

Samson A. Fatokun, University of Idaban, Nigeria

Marie-Luise Frost, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany

Wilhelm Gräb, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany

Simbarashe Gukurume, Sol Plaatje University, South Africa

Meike Haken, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany

Bjørn Hallstein Holte, VID Specialized University, Norway

Carlos Ham, Ecumenical Seminar Matanzas, Cuba

Renee Hattar, Royal Institute for Inter-Faith Studies, Jordan

Andreas Heuser, Universität Basel, Switzerland

Carolin Hillenbrand, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Germany

Chammah Kaunda, Yonsei University, South Korea

Simangaliso Kumalo, University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa

Adekunbi Helen Labeodan, University of Ibadan, Nigeria

Julia Leininger, Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik, Germany

Elisabet Le Roux, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Peter Mandaville, George Mason University, USA

Loreen Maseno, Maseno University, Kenya

Torsten Meireis, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany

Maheshvari Naidu, University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa

Kehinde Obasola, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Nigeria

Damaris Parsitau, Egerton University, Kenya

Marie Juul Petersen, Danish Institute for Human Rights, Denmark

Almut Renger, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

Teddy Sakupapa, University of the Western Cape, South Africa

Jacqueline Service, Charles Sturt University, Australia

Shobana Shankar, Stony Brook University, USA

Nayla Tabbara, Saint Joseph University, Adyan Foundation and Religions for Peace, Lebanon

Josiah Taru, Great Zimbabwe University, Zimbabwe

Gerrie Ter Haar, Afrika-Studiecentrum, Netherlands

Emma Tomalin, University of Leeds, UK

Angelique van Zeeland, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Lutheran Foundation of Diakonia and ACT Alliance, Brazil

Trygve Wyller, University of Oslo, Norway, and University of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa


Peer Review Policy

Religion & Development is committed to publishing high quality research in the field. Each manuscript will undergo a rigorous peer review process. Submissions are first screened by the editors regarding formalities, academic quality and suitability for the journal. They are then sent to two anonymous expert reviewers for their review (double blind). Authors might be asked to revise their contributions based on the reviewers’ comments as well as potential further remarks by the editors.


Manuscript guidelines

The length of an article should be approximately 7000-8000 words. If longer articles are submitted, a brief justification should be provided.

Each article needs to include an abstract and keywords. The abstract should not exceed 250 words. Keywords should be taken from the Library of Congress subject database.

The journal has a strict non-discrimination policy. We kindly ask all authors to use inclusive language. Discriminatory language might lead to the rejection of an article.

Referencing should be done according to the Chicago Manual of Style Author-Date referencing system. Spelling can follow British English or American English, but should be consistent throughout.

To ensure a smooth review process, we kindly ask all authors to make sure that their manuscripts are proof-read before submission and adhere to the referencing style guidelines.