The Desmond Tutu Centre’s research areas are divided into five main thematic foci: Religion, Gender and Sexuality; Religion, Environment and Economy; Religion and Media; Religion, Politics and Race; and Religion and Education. The thematic foci do not function as discrete categories but rather as guidelines for illustrating the depth and breadth of the Centre’s undertakings.

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Professor Sarojini Nadar

Prof Sarojini Nadar is the Desmond Tutu SARChI Research Chair in Religion and Social Justice under a bilateral cooperation agreement between the National Research Foundation SARChI initiative and the Lund Mission Society. The purpose of the Desmond Tutu Research Chair in Religion and Social Justice will be to develop and promote advanced research that examines the ways in which religion and faith …


The Desmond Tutu Centre for Religion and Social Justice aims to promote transdisciplinary research-led community engagement that focuses on the critical intersections between Religion and Social Justice.

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Economies of Violence

Recognising the multiple factors which shape access to justice such as gender, religion, race and class, the Desmond Tutu Centre for Religion and Social Justice annually convenes a public lecture on the theme of Economies of Violence.

Religious “Software” Supporting and Maintaining the Occupation in Palestine

  On 15 June 2021, Sarojini Nadar, the Director of the Centre, moderated an international webinar that focused on the ways in which selected Christian beliefs […]

American Academy of Religion

From the 23rd to 26th of November 2019, Prof Nadar and Dr Scharnick-Udemans attended the 2019 Annual Conference of the American Academy of Religion (AAR) in San Diego.

#MeToo Tweets the Pastor

Dr Evelyn L. Parker discussed Research Methodological Concerns about the project, “The Role of Religious Leaders in Preventing and Intervening in Youth Partner Violence”