Taking an intellectually rigorous and fresh approach, the Institute for Religion, Politics and Society is opening new areas of enquiry and engaging in research with practical applications to today’s world.

Research focus areas

To study the interaction of religion with major social structures, the Institute encompasses five main research streams: Law and Religion, Cities and Successful Societies, Asian Societies and their Religions, Religion and Medicine, and Global Catholicism.


Law and Religion

Studying intersections of law and society, including issues of legal pluralism.

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Cities and Successful Societies

Examining the impact of social and economic changes on happiness and well-being.

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Asian Societies and their Religions

Considering the relation of religion to resources, scarcity and economic development in Asian societies.

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Global Catholicism

International concerns of and about the world's largest religion.

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Religion and Medicine

Exploring the development of the medical, biomedical and health fields in relation to religious institutions. 

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