About the Impact Programme

The Impact of Religion research programme is studying the place of religion in society in the light of complex economic, social, political, legal and cultural transformations taking place in Sweden and the Nordic countries.

The basic question concerns how the increased visibility of religion translates into substantive changes in the Swedish or the Nordic society.

These are highlighted in six thematic areas, containing a total of some 60 work packages organized around a strict time table and with appointed research personnel. Religion is studied both as a dependent and independent variable in a rapidly changing and legal context.

The uniqueness of this research programme lies in the rich interdisciplinary approach, the unique choice of issues, and the diverse methodologies or theoretical positions employed to understand the issues at stake. Its results are expected to be relevant for future research on secularization, democracy, law, welfare organisation, stress prevention and identity formation.