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Research Programme on Religious Communities and Sustainable Development

Philipp Öhlmann, Head of the Research Programme on Religious Communities and Sustainable Development

Philipp Öhlmann

Head of the Research Programme on Religious Communities and Sustainable Development

Philipp Öhlmann studied agricultural economics, development studies, history, economics, and protestant theology in Berlin, Marburg and Buenos Aires. Since 2017 he heads the Research Programme on Religious Communities and Sustainable Development jointly with Wilhelm Gräb. Öhlmann is working on a doctoral dissertation in economics on religion and economic success in South Africa. He was the leader of the the Livelihoods, Religion and Youth Survey in South Africa and has conducted extensive research on African Initiated Churches and development cooperation. In 2016, he was a visiting researcher at University of Limpopo (South Africa). Öhlmann is a guest researcher at RWI - Leibniz Institute for Economic Research and a research associate at University of Pretoria. He has teaching experience in microeconomics, international trade, market and policy analysis, religion and economics, African Initiated Christianity at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Agricultural University Novosibirsk and Universidad de la Habana.

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Curriculum Vitae

  • 2017- Researcher and Head of Project, Research Programme on Religious Communities and Sustainable Development
  • 2017- Research Associate, Department of Practical Theology, University of Pretoria, South Africa
  • 2016 Visiting Researcher, Department of Agricultural Economics and Animal Production, University of Limpopo, South Africa
  • 2016- Guest Researcher at RWI Essen
  • 2015-2016 Lead Researcher, Project „Are African Initiated Churches Adequate Partners for Future Development Cooperation?“
  • 2013- Desk Officer at Bread for the World - Protestant Development Service, responsible for inter-church cooperation (currently on sabbatical)
  • 2005-2012 Student of Agricultural Economics, Development Studies, History, Economics, and Protestant Theology in Berlin, Marburg and Buenos Aires
  • 2004-2005 Community Service in South Africa

 

Publications

Öhlmann, Philipp; Marie-Luise Frost & Wilhelm Gräb. 2019. African Initiated Churches als Akteure nachhaltiger Entwicklung. In: Herpich, Roland; Schnabel, Patrick (Eds.). Reformation. Globalisierung. EineWelt. Die Verantwortung von Kirche und Religion für die Zukunft.

Marie-Luise Frost, Philipp Öhlmann & Wilhelm Gräb. 2018. "Avoiding ‘White Elephants’ – Fruitful Development Cooperation from the Perspective of African Initiated Churches in South Africa and Beyond". In: Babatunde Adedibu & Benson Igboin (Eds.). The Changing Faces of African Pentecostalism. Akungba-Akoko, Adekunle Ajasin University Press, 103-118.

Öhlmann, Philipp; Silke Hüttel. 2018. "Religiosity and Household Income in Sekhukhune." Development Southern Africa.
doi.org/10.1080/0376835X.2018.1426444

Öhlmann, Philipp; Marie-Luise Frost; Wilhelm Gräb. 2017. "African Initiated Churches and Sustainable Development in South Africa – Potentials and Perspectives." Religion & Development Discussion Paper 01/2017. Berlin: Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

Öhlmann, Philipp; Marie-Luise Frost; Wilhelm Gräb. "African Initiated Churches – Partner für Entwicklungszusammenarbeit?" (forthcoming).

Öhlmann, Philipp; Marie-Luise Frost; Wilhelm Gräb. "You need to change the whole person – African Initiated Churches and sustainable development" (forthcoming).

Öhlmann, Philipp; Marie-Luise Frost; Wilhelm Gräb. 2016. "African Initiated Churches’ potential as development actors." HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies 72 (4). doi:10.4102/hts.v72i4.3825.

Öhlmann, Philipp; Marie-Luise Frost; Wilhelm Gräb; Rolf Schieder. 2016. Sind African Initiated Churches geeignete Partner für zukünftige Entwicklungszusammenarbeit? Wissenschaftliches Gutachten im Auftrag des Bundesministeriums für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung. Berlin: Humboldt-Unversität zu Berlin. doi:10.18452/13675

Contributing author of „ÜberLeben Weltweit“ (Handbook on intercultural learning), edited by Evangelical Lutheran Mission in Lower Saxony, Hermannsburg 2009.

 

Conference contributions

"African Initiated Churches’ potential for sustainable development." Paper presented at the International Conference on African Pentecostalism, Lagos, Nigeria, June 2017.

"The empirics of transformation: measuring social capital in South Africa." Paper presented at the international summer school "Transformative Religion: Religion as Situated Knowledge in Processes of Social Transformation," Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, February 2017.

"African Initiated Churches and Sustainable Development – Potentials and Perspectives." Paper presented at the conference "Does Religion Make a Difference? Discourses and Activities of Religious NGOs in Development", Basel, November 2016.

"Faithful men don’t beat their wives? Measuring religiosity as a determinant of individual actions and social capital." Paper presented at the international summer school "Religion, Law and Justice," Cape Town, South Africa, February 2015.

"Religiosity and Economic Success in Limpopo – Existing Evidence and Outline of Further Research.“ Paper presented at the international summer school "Religious Pluralism and the Common Responsibility for the one World – Perspectives and Characteristics from Different Cultural Contexts," Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, February 2013.

"The Impact of Religiosity on Economic Success in Rural South Africa," Poster presented at Tropentag, Göttingen, September 2012. http://www.tropentag.de/2012/proceedings/node357.html

"The Impact of Religiosity on Economic Success in Rural South Africa. Insights from a Field Study." Paper presented at the international summer school "The Social and Cultural Impact of Religious Communities within Different Religious Traditions," Berlin, June 2012.