Religion and Global Society Program

The Religion and Global Society research focus area examines the dynamics of world politics through the actors, interests, ideas and traditions of religion. The study of religion and politics is one of the fastest growing areas of research in the humanities and social sciences. The Religion and Global Society focus area brings the particularities of the faith tradition that exists at the heart of Notre Dame's ethos into direct research engagement with the field of international affairs.

This research focus area has two streams: Tradition and Political Practice; Religion and International Relations.


A/Prof. John A. Rees

John Rees is Associate Professor of International Relations in the School of Arts and Sciences at Notre Dame's Sydney campus.

John joined the IES team in 2015 to lead a new research initiative exploring the role of religious actors and interests in world politics. He is a published specialist and consultant on the intersection of religion and international policy. His work is included in Religion and Foreign Affairs: Essential Readings (Baylor University Press, 2012) and the Handbook of Research on Development and Religion (Edward Elgar, 2013). John is the author of Religion in International Politics and Development: The World Bank and Faith Institutions (Edward Elgar, 2011) and co-author (with Daniel Baldino et al.) of Contemporary Challenges to Australian Security (Palgrave MacMillan, 2011).

John is the curator and principal contributor to ‘The Religion Gap’, a new IES-sponsored blog to be launched in April on the European website E-International Relations. He is a Fellow of the Centre for Religion, Conflict and the Public Domain at the University of Groningen, and is on the steering committee of the International Development and Religion Group of the American Academy of Religion.

For more on John’s expertise and publications, please visit his Staff profile.


The Religion Gap blog, curated by Dr. John A Rees, is hosted on the E-International Relations platform, the world's leading open access website for students and scholars of international politics.