Major social changes, such as religious radicalisation and immigration, have increased – and changed – the need for religious competence and knowledge about different religions. In addition to high-quality research information, the need is increasing for applied knowledge that can answer social questions.

Profound research-based information helps us understand the momentous changes taking place in Europe and worldwide, including multiculturalism, religious extremism, inter-religious relations, diversity and the future of wellbeing.

Several international assessments have found the Faculty’s research to be of a high quality. Our thematic fields of research and teaching include historical theology, global religion, as well as religion and society.

Faculty profile and areas of distinction (pdf).

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Publicly funded research belongs to both the academic community and society at large. At the University of Helsinki, we increasingly make our research openly available to all of society to be used as a shared knowledge base. On these pages, you can explore interviews with researchers to find out what open science can accomplish, get to know our strategy and services for openness, as well as search for open data from different sources.