Religion and Global Society Program

A growing number of scholars and policy makers now recognise that 'religion' is an important category for understanding central dynamics of world politics such as international diplomacy, security, development and law. The Religion and Global Society Program of the IES aims to study the impacts of religion in select domains of international affairs through academic scholarship, postgraduate research, international research collaboration and public engagement. The RGAP will foster research outputs in the fields of political science and related areas of applied ethics and religious studies.


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.