Religions and the Sustainable Development Goals

All over the world, religions influence what people values, how they relate, and what they do. This makes religions a central factor in devising and implementing sustainable development initiatives.

With a special focus on the Sustainable Development Goals, this website brings together scholars and practitioners from secular and religious backgrounds alike who are collaborating in research efforts on the theme of Religion and Development.

Building on the pioneering work of the Religions and Development Project at the University of Birmingham (2005–2010), we aim to continue and broaden research and dialogue on this important theme, as the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals progresses.

Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) we have formed an international research network to study the role of religions in the conception and implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals in Ethiopia and India.

Religions and the Sustainable Development Goals

A main hub of our wider exchange activities is our study group “Religions and Development” at the UK Development Studies Association, which meets at least twice a year and is also connected via a mailing list (please email wrcnp@leeds.ac.uk if you would like to join this list).

We invite scholars, practitioners and organisations with a sustained interest in this topic to connect with us. Please contact us for further information.