Coordinator, UNESCO Chair, University of Birmingham
Area of Expertise: Business and Globalization, Civil Society, Development, Religion
Geographical Expertise - Region: Europe
Field of Work: Academia, United Nations
Dr. Josef Boehle is Research Fellow in Globalisation, Religion and Politics at the Department of Theology and Religion, University of Birmingham, UK, and Coordinator of the UNESCO Chair in Interfaith Studies at the University of Birmingham.
Dr. Boehle’s current research project is on Religions, Civil Society and International Institutions and he is a member of the research team that leads a UK government (DfID) sponsored Research Consortium on Religions and Development. He also teaches a seminar on religion in contemporary global politics at the University of Birmingham.
Dr. Boehle has helped to organise major conferences and summits addressing inter-religious and inter-cultural issues, including a Symposium at UNESCO headquarters in Paris on ‘Unity in Diversity. Ethical and Spiritual Visions for the World’ in November 2000. He participated in the Millennium NGO Forum at the UN in May 2000, the Millennium World Peace Summit at the UN in August 2000, the Conference on Interfaith Cooperation for Peace in June 2005 at the UN, the High-level Dialogue on Interreligious and Intercultural Understanding and Cooperation for Peace of the UN General Assembly in October 2007, the First Alliance of Civilizations Forum in Madrid in January 2008, and the annual meetings of the Academic Council on the United Nations System.
Dr. Boehle’s main field of research is inter-civilisational, inter-religious dialogue and co-operation in a global age, focusing on international organizations and movements. He seeks to develop new perspectives and models that will provide humane solutions to the challenges of globalisation, based on respect for the diversity of cultures and religions in our world community.
Dr. Boehle received a postgraduate degree in Theology from the University of Tuebingen, Germany, 1993. He moved to the United Kingdom and received his PhD from the University of Birmingham in 2001 for his thesis on Inter-religious Co-operation in a Global Age.
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