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The Project

The Project

The Grant Application
The Team

The Project

The Religion and Diversity Project was a $2.5 million, seven (7) year Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) funded Major Collaborative Research Initiative (MCRI) housed at the University of Ottawa (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada).

The project addressed the following question:

  • What are the contours of religious diversity in Canada and how can we best respond to the opportunities and challenges presented by religious diversity in ways that promote a just and peaceful society?

Specifically, the project investigated the following questions:

  1. How are religious identities socially constructed? 
  2. How is religious expression defined and delimited in law and public policy? 
  3. How and why do gender and sexuality act as flashpoints in debates on religious freedom? 
  4. What are alternative strategies for managing religious diversity?
The project's main contribution was to identify in detail the contours of religious diversity in Canada and the potential benefits of approaches to diversity that promote substantive or deep equality and move beyond tolerance and accommodation. Our comparative research placed Canada in the context of other Western democracies and identifies global patterns in responses to religious diversity. Our research provides new data and theoretical articulations concerning religious diversity. This research program presented diversity not primarily as a problem, but as a resource and to propose strategies for equality that will advance knowledge and enhance public policy decision-making.

The Grant Application

To consult the Religion and Diversity Project grant application and full project description, please click here.

The Team

In order to achieve its goals, the project brought together 37 team members from over 20 universities across the globe and also included over 100 student team members and postdoctoral fellows. It boasted a number of important partners and stakeholders and has established links with research associates. To find out more about these key players, keep on browsing and visit the following pages:

Team Members
Student Team Members
Postdoctoral Fellows
Research Associates

Events Calendar
March 2023
October 2016  

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Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs

Le Berkley Center at Georgetown University a été créé au sein du bureau de John J. DeGioia, Président de Georgetown, en mars 2006. Le centre a été conçu afin de miser sur les forces de Georgetown: l'excellence académique; son emplacement à Washington, DC; sa portée internationale et sa tradition catholique et jésuite d'ouverture aux autres religions et au vaste monde séculier. Le généreux soutien de William R. Berkley, un membre du conseil d'administration de l'université, a permis la croissance rapide du centre.

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Research Centres

The Project is happy to provide information about research centres, initiatives and projects across Canada and beyond that are focusing on the examination of religion, diversity, pluralism and society through its “Research Centres” page. Led by our Team Member Pamela Klassen and housed at the University of Toronto, the mandate of the Religion in the Public Sphere initiative is to examine how religion manifests in public spaces, institutions, and interactions, and consider the challenges and possibilities of religious diversity in Toronto and around the globe. To learn more about this initiative, please click here.