United by a common question: What is essential for a thriving society – past, present and future?

Who we are: A dynamic, global research centre.

The Institute for Religion, Politics and Society engages eminent scholars from around the globe. As an interdisciplinary hub, the Institute draws on each researcher’s specific area of expertise to examine how religion interacts with principal social structures, and how public religions respond to globalisation and social change.

Truly international in its focus and reach, the Institute’s many collaborations involve scholars from Wayne State University, Harvard University, the Graduate Center at the City University of New York, Diego Portales University in Santiago, Chile, and the University of Potsdam in Germany.

Our mission: The Institute for Religion, Politics and Society examines religion as a dynamic political and social force shaping the world around us. Looking at the interplay between religion and major social structures — including the economy, politics and law — the Institute pursues the big questions: what makes societies succeed? How can societal success be translated into individuals flourishing ? What are the essentials for happiness?


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