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Religions and development


Emma Tomalin (University of Leeds)

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Dr Jennifer Philippa Eggert (Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities (JLI))

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Forthcoming meetings


Previous meetings

June 2021, DSA conference, online

The Religious and Development study group convened three roundtables on ‘Decolonisation, Development and Faith’, which brought together researchers and practitioners from Africa, Asia, Europe and North America.

June 2020, DSA conference

The Religion and Development study group convened two panels on ‘Faith Leadership for Global Challenges’ at the DSA Conference 2020. The panels included papers that explored the breadth of faith leadership, including local and ‘a-typical’ leaders who are often marginalised from global decision-making processes due to their sex, caste, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or their traditional or indigenous identity.

June 2019, DSA conference, The Open University

The Religion and Development study group convened a panel on ‘Religions and Climate Action’ at the DSA Conference 2019.

June 2018, DSA conference, University of Manchester

The Religion and Development study group convened two panels:
● ‘Intervention in ‘Chaos Zones’: Humanitarian Assistance and Peacebuilding. This was a joint panel with the NGOs in Development Study Group.
● The Role of Faith Identities and Actors in Combating Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking.

June 2017 DSA conference, University of Bradford

The Religion and Development study group convened a panel on ‘The Increasing Space for ‘Moral Economies’ in the Light of Global Inequality: The Role of Religions and Faith Perspectives’

February 2017, workshop, University of Bath

The Religions and Development Study Group organised a one-day workshop on ‘Methodological Challenges of Researching Religion in Marginalised Development Contexts’ at the University of Bath in February 2017. It saw the coming together of researchers and representatives of faith-based organisations from various faith perspectives including Christian and Muslim traditions.

June 2016, DSA conference, University of Oxford

The Religion and Development study group convened a panel on ‘The Role of Religion in Defining and Realising the SDGs’.

April 2016, launch workshop, SOAS

The DSA Study Group on Religions and Development was launched at a full-day workshop at SOAS University, London. The event reflected on previous research on religions and development and brought together academics, NGO researchers and practitioners from a range of different universities and NGOs, including CAFOD, World Vision, Islamic Relief and the Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities.