Religion – Knowledge – Discourse

Philipp Öhlmann

PhD project:

Religion and Development. Studies on African Initiated Christianity and the economic impact of religion


Philipp Öhlmann (born 1984) studied agricultural economics, development studies, history, economics, and protestant theology in Berlin, Marburg and Buenos Aires. He heads the Research Programme on Religious Communities and Sustainable Development, jointly with Wilhelm Gräb. Öhlmann is currently completing his docatoral dissertaion on religion and development at the Institute for the Study of Christian Social Service (Diakoniewissenschaftliches Institut) of Heidelberg University. In 2016, he was the leader of the Livelihoods, Religion and Youth Survey in South Africa visiting researcher at the University of Limpopo. Philipp has conducted extensive research on African Initiated Churches and development cooperation. Since 2017, Öhlmann has been research associate at University of Pretoria. He has teaching experience in microeconomics, international trade, market and policy analysis, religion and economics, African Initiated Christianity at Humboldt University Berlin, Agricultural University Novosibirsk and Universidad de la Habana. Prior to his academic career, Philipp worked as a programme officer for inter-church aid at the German Protestant Churches' Development Agency, Brot für die Welt.

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