The Desmond Tutu Centre’s research areas are divided into five main thematic foci: Religion and Gender, Religion and the Economy, Religion and the Environment, Religion and Politics, 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 convened a public lecture on the theme of Economies of Violence with keynote speaker, Rev Dr Traci West.

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”

Noise complaint against District Six mosque shows increasing religious intolerance

As part of the centre’s commitment to interrogating the ways in which religion is involved and implicated in a variety of uneven power relations in society, we consciously work to bridge the gap between academia and civil society in productive and thoughtful ways. To that end, Dr Scharnick-Udemans penned a response to the debate about noise complaints against Zeenatul Islam mosque in Cape Town.