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.