Religion and Development
Investigating and understanding the links between religions and development is reflected in broader socio-political changes that have seen religion emerge as an increasingly relevant factor in public life globally. This raises questions that are central to the development enterprise.
For instance, how does religion hinder or help the pursuit of gender equality; what is the role of faith based organisations in humanitarian aid and development; or should donors adapt their priorities and agendas to accommodate the needs and preferences of ‘faith communities’? These are complex questions that are at the core of this important new area within the study of global development.
Dr Emma Tomalin at the Department of Theology and Religious Studies and has both teaching and research specialisms in ‘religions and development’. She co-ordinates two well established MA programmes taught jointly between Theology and Religious Studies and the Centre for Global Development: ‘Religious Studies and Global Development’ and ‘Theology and Global Development’.
- Pearson, R.; Tomalin, E. (2007) Intelligent Design? A gender sensitive interrogation of religion and development. In: G. Clarke and M. Jennings (eds.) Faith Matters: Development and the Complex World of Faith-Based Organisations, Palgrave.
- Tomalin, E. (2011) Gender, Faith and Development. Oxford: Oxfam and Rugby: Practical Action Publishing.
- Tomalin, E. (2008)‘Faiths and Development’. In Desai and Potter (eds) The Companion to Development Studies (London: Hodder Arnold), pp. 485-489
- Tomalin, E. (2007) ‘Religion, Gender and the Environment in Asia: Moving Beyond the Essentialisms of ‘Spiritual Ecofeminism’? In Resurreccion and Elmhirst (eds) Gender and Natural Resource Management in Asia (London and Sterling, VA: Earthscan) pp. 243-259
- Tomalin, E. (2006): ‘Religion and a Rights-Based Approach to Development’. Progress in Development Studies. 6(2): 93-108