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Cambridge Interfaith Programme


Jörg Haustein, Associate Professor in World Christianities, leads this project examining how religion interacts with ethnicity and other parameters in inter-communal conflict. Working for the Rift Valley Institute, this is part of a larger research facility on conflict in Ethiopia.  The work is funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) and aims to help foreign diplomats and policymakers understand the current conflict landscape in Ethiopia. 

Four Ethiopian scholars are active carrying out fieldwork in four Ethiopian towns and in the capital, Addis Ababa. Findings were presented to the UK Embassy in Addis Ababa in March 2023. The outputs include a comprehensive literature review, reports from each fieldsite and a synthesis. Findings will also be the subject of discussion in a podcast and published in peer-reviewed articles.  

About the researchers

Dr habil. Jörg Haustein joined the University of Cambridge in 2019.  He previously taught Religions in Africa at at the School of Oriental and African Studies (2013–2019), and Religious Studies and Intercultural Theology at the University of Heidelberg (2003–2013). He earned his PhD at Heidelberg with a study of Ethiopian Pentecostalism (2009), and completed his habilitation at the University of Heidelberg with a study of German colonialism and Islam in East Africa (2020). He is an active member of the Interfaith Research Forum and sits on CIP's Management Committee.

View more information about Dr Haustein and his research (Faculty of Divinity website)

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