Institute for Religion, Politics and Society

The Institute for Religion Politics and Society (IRPS) brings together leading researchers from around the world to explore the political, sociological, legal, and economic dimensions of religion.

Through international collaborations and cross-disciplinary research, we address contemporary issues of religion, political conflict, and solidarities, while also examining contributing factors to happiness and wellbeing.

Bridging the great divide

Bridging the great divide

Our research aims to bridge the gap between religion, politics, and law, and address many of the world’s challenges, including violent extremism, global populism, and attacks on religious minorities. Our scholars work with government and industry to frame these challenges and produce research that is above world standard1.

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Featured projects

 ourr esearch institutes IRPS featured projects sharia source


This initiative is a collaboration between our researchers and the Harvard Law School. We aim to create an online portal of credible Islamic law resources.

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our research institutes IRPS featured projects melbourne and detroit

Melbourne and Detroit

We’re collaborating with Wayne State University to examine the impact of the declining automotive industry in Melbourne and Detroit, and the cities’ attempts at revival.

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Our people

We bring together internationally renowned scholars, as well as exciting, emerging researchers from around the world.

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Professor Bryan S Turner

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We welcome enquiries from candidates looking to undertake higher degree research with us in our areas of specialisation.

News and events

1 Excellent in Research for Australia (ERA) 2015 rankings

ACU Institute for Religion, Politics and Society

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215 Spring Street
Melbourne, Victoria, 3000