The University of Divinity promotes the highest standards of scholarship in theology, philosophy and ministry.


In keeping with its vision, the University established a Centre for Religion and Social Policy (RASP). Formally launched on Thursday 8 December 2016 in Melbourne CBD,
RASP actively builds collaboration with the churches and agencies..


The Centre for Religion and Social Policy (RASP):

  • promotes and undertakes research on the interaction between religion and society, and its policy implications

  • encourages public conversation about the implications of religious social thinking, including its socio-economic, environmental, cultural and political aspects

  • adopts an advocacy role about relevant areas of social policy

  • engages in research for peer reviewed journals and monographs

  • draws academic resources within the University of Divinity into closer engagement with current public issues

  • identifies and resources informed spokespeople to engage in public conversation in areas of their expertise

  • develops partnerships among the Colleges of the University of Divinity; the churches, religious organisations and religious orders, their agencies and networks; organisations and individuals who share the Centre’s aims

  • encourages, through collaboration with the Colleges, the teaching of specific units on religion and social policy.