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Research in the School of Religion

Our academic staff bring their innovative teaching and research to biblical studies, theology, ethics, theory of religion, and international conflict and peace studies as independent but related disciplinary fields.

The School of Religion ranks in the top 100 in the world by QS University Rankings. It is one of the twelve Schools that comprise Trinity College's Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

Across Trinity's campus, our School affiliates with a number of important Research Institutes and Centres. We work closely with the Trinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute, Trinity Research in Social Sciences (TRiSS), and a number of Trinity's Research Themes. Members of our School also run the innovative Trinity Centre for Biblical Studies.

Uniquely, the School of Religion carries out its research on campuses both at Trinity College Dublin and in Belfast. Academics based in our Belfast campus have research interests that focus on: transitional justice, conflict in Palestine, comparative peace processes, sport and conflict transformation, among many other topics linked to conflict transformation broadly defined. Whilst the Northern Irish context is a key focus, ongoing research with an international focus, most notably in Palestine, is being carried out by staff in Belfast. Strong connections have been developed between Trinity Belfast staff and grassroots organisations in the north (as evidenced by consecutive nominations for Trinity's civic engagement award). Therefore, visiting researchers, PhD candidates, and those interested in examining the Irish experience of conflict transformation whilst interrogating broader global 'post-conflict' concerns, will find academic staff in Belfast with a wealth of research experience that reflects these issues.

In our research and teaching, our School clusters around primarily two disciplinary themes. You can explore each of them by clicking on the links below.

Our Disciplines

Peace Studies

Our academic staff, fellows and students who research in Peace Studies specialize in conflict analysis and peacebuilding, conflict and peace in Ireland, local and global peace processes, gender studies, ethics, mediation and conflict resolution, reconciliation and transitional justice, and more.
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Religious Studies

Our academic staff, fellows and students who research in Religious Studies specialize in the theory of religion, biblical studies, theology, ethics, gender and sexuality studies, environmental studies, and are experts on a range of topics in the humanities and social sciences.
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