Transformative Religion
Religion as Situated Knowledge in Processes of Social Transformation

International Research Training Group

Dr. Philipp Öhlmann

Postdoc Project (2022–2026): Tracing the Impact of Religion in the Post-Covid World: Economy and Ecology in Southern Africa

  • since 2017 Researcher and Head of the Research Programme on Religious Communities and Sustainable Development
  • since 2017 Research Associate, Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Pretoria, South Africa
  • 2016 Visiting Researcher, Department of Agricultural Economics and Animal Production, University of Limpopo, South Africa
  • 2015–2016 Lead Researcher, Project „Are African Initiated Churches Adequate Partners for Future Development Cooperation?“
  • 2013–2017 Desk Officer at Bread for the World – Protestant Development Service, responsible for inter-church cooperation.
  • 2005–2012 Student of Agricultural Economics, Development Studies, History, Economics, and Protestant Theology in Berlin, Marburg and Buenos Aires
  • 2004–2005 Community Service in South Africa

“Inaugural Editorial. A New Journal for a New Space: Introducing Religion & Development“ (with Olufunke Adeboye, Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu, Barbara Bompani, Nadine Bowers-Du Toit, Jennifer Philippa Eggert, Marie-Luise Frost, Wilhelm Gräb, Juliane Stork, Ignatius Swart, Tanya van Wyk & Olivia Wilkinson). Religion & Development 1, 3–24. 2022.

“Religion and Labor Market Performance: Is It What You Believe or How Much?” Religions 12 (2), 102. 2021.

African Initiated Christianity and the Decolonisation of Development. Sustainable Development in Pentecostal and Independent Churches (edited with Wilhelm Gräb & Marie-Luise Frost). London: Routledge. 2020.