Lori Beaman

Canada Research Chair in Religious Diversity and Social Change

Tier 1 - 2017-11-01
Renewed: 2023-06-01
University of Ottawa
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

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Research involves

Studying the coexistence of religion and nonreligion in contemporary society.

Research relevance

This research seeks to deepen our understanding of the changes taking place in our religious and social landscapes resulting from the increasing number of people who identify as having no religion.

Research summary

Societies are grappling with a combination of increased religious diversity and growing numbers of people who describe themselves as having no religion. In today’s complex world, how can the religious and the nonreligious live well together? This is the primary question that Dr. Lori Beaman is exploring as Canada Research Chair in Religious Diversity and Social Change.

She and her research team are examining the dramatic growth in the numbers of people with no religion and the implications of this growth for social inclusion, diversity and just societies. One of their main goals is to map the intersections of nonreligion and religion by examining their role in competition and conflict as well as in collaboration and cooperation. Ultimately, their research will inform public policy and practice by mobilizing new knowledge about how the religious and nonreligious can live in harmony.