Program for Religion & Social Policy Research

The Program for Religion and Social Policy Research (PRSPR) is a research, education, and policy program dedicated to understanding the nexus between organized religion and the provision of social services. Acknowledging the vast literature on the failing of organized religion to support many marginalized groups and its role in local and international conflicts, PRSPR focuses on the positive side of organized religion. We are a group of scholars interested in the ways organized religion supports quality of life, assist people in need, assist in times of crisis, and promotes the well-being of minorities.

What We Do

PRSPR aims to:

  1. Contribute to new knowledge on the scope, nature, and practice methods of religious-based social services;
  2. Develop methods for studying congregations and religious-based organizations;
  3. Equip future social service practitioners and researchers in the integration of social work and religion;
  4. Enhance and support the education of students interested in religion and well-being; and
  5. Research and produce cutting-edge knowledge regarding the role of religion in modern-day society.



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