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Audio interview

19 Feb 2018

When Ireland legalised same-sex marriage in 2015, conservatives were concerned it would impact on religious freedom.


23 Nov 2017

This paper argues that the West cannot remain the West if it becomes indifferent or hostile to its religious heritage.

Briefing paper

5 Oct 2017

Reports new ways that anti-retroviral therapy in Papua New Guinea is being refracted through Christian moral discourses.


20 Sep 2017

This occasional paper sets out to develop an alternative engaged theory of religion and secularity.

Journal article

1 Sep 2017

This study examined the level of knowledge Australian crisis communications officials had about Islam and Muslims. It identified that Media Liaison Officers (n=72) have low levels of knowledge about this religious faith, and that they were aware of their lack of understanding.

Research report

14 Aug 2017

This report examined the impact of religious visibility on social cohesion in two case-study locations in Melbourne.


25 Jul 2017

This guide outlines how the ABC approached research on the Christian church and domestic violence.


CIS Occasional Paper 154
10 Jun 2017

This paper sets out to examine some of the key problems religious violence poses for western, liberal societies.

Research report

A national study on religion, spirituality and worldview trends
10 May 2017

This report from a survey of 1,024 Australians shows that religion in Australia is not dead.


4 May 2017

Law professor, cultural observer and theorist on religion and pluralism, Prof Iain Benson, will offer some insights and guidance on steps he argues are essential for education, justice and politics in our time.


7 Mar 2017

This quick guide provides an overview of Kosher food certification in Australia. It complements the quick guide on Halal certification.

Kashrut is a body of Jewish law that prescribes what foods can and cannot be eaten, and how they must be prepared and eaten....

Briefing paper

7 Oct 2016

In September 2016, the Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria (ECCV) consulted with a small cohort of ‘less visible’ faith leaders innovating within their separate faiths to provide pastoral care to people of diverse sexuality and gender in Victoria. While tensions between faith, ethnicity and sexuality...

Audio podcast

15 Sep 2016

For this episode, Kate spoke with Umar Werfete. Umar is a lecturer and a head of research at the State Islamic University of Jayapura in Papua, Indonesia.

He also researches religious issues in Papua in his position within the Division for Research and Development,...

Research report

1 Aug 2016

The increase in cases of domestic violence in Samoa and the diaspora is slowly raising the public’s awareness of its impacts on the victims, who are overwhelmingly women and children. Because it is such a serious and growing social problem, it is a priority for...

Journal article

15 Apr 2016



Discussion of religion and/or spirituality in the medical consultation is desired by patients and known to be beneficial. However, it is infrequent. We aimed to identify why this is so.


We set out to answer...

Research report

5 Apr 2016

It is argued that more countries restrict women’s ability to wear religious symbols or attire than require women to dress a certain way.

Summary In many countries around the world, women’s choices about their attire and appearance are restricted to some degree by...

Research report

12 Feb 2016


God appears to be resurgent in 21st century societies around the world. As our awareness of the claims made by religion becomes more acute, it is ever more important to understand those claims as well as the challenges and contributions religious belief...


1 Jan 2016

The architecture of the Cook Islands’ coral churches has entangled indigenous and foreign beliefs, social practice and place-making since their instigation by the London Missionary Society in the 1840s. As well as examining the historical significance of their formation, this thesis explores Rarotonga’s churches, now...


1 Jan 2016

An investigation into New Zealand-born Samoan identity in the Congregational Christian Church Samoa.


1 Jan 2016

This thesis offers a reappraisal of Earth as presented in Gen. 1:1-2:4a from a Samoan gafataulima (accomplish/fulfil/capable) hermeneutical perspective. The inspiration for the study arose out of a personal dilemma concerning my religious beliefs and the reality that I am experiencing in the world today,...