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Understanding changes in religious beliefs and practices around the world and their causes.

Our funding will focus on three main questions:

  • Global religious futures. What are the implications of religion’s decline in the West and the resurgence of historic religions in the Global South? To better understand why some religions flourish and others lose adherents, we will support studies of religious demography and of pluralism in non-Western contexts.
  • Institutional changes in religion via competition. What kinds of innovative religious organizations are helping to revitalize faith traditions and institutions? We seek to focus on innovative religious institutions that update religious models while keeping the core of their traditions. When might competition contribute to increasing the constructive social contributions of religions?
  • Individual changes in beliefs, behaviors, and belonging. The term “religion” pulls together a complex mix of practices, beliefs, identities, and institutions. How can religious identity be fractionated into its components? Why and how do people switch religious identities?

Featured Grants

Human Sciences
Project Leader(s): Lois Lee, Stephen Bullivant
Grantee(s): University of Kent
Human Sciences
Project Leader(s): Alan Cooperman
Grantee(s): Pew Charitable Trusts
Human Sciences
Project Leader(s): Christel Gaertner, Kati Tervo-Niemelä
Grantee(s): Westfälische Willhelms-Universität Münster
Human Sciences
Project Leader(s): Saikou Diallo, Wesley Wildman
Grantee(s): Old Dominion University Research Foundation
Human Sciences
Project Leader(s): John Shaver, Mary Shenk, Richard Sosis, Rebecca Sear
Grantee(s): University of Otago