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Philipp Öhlmann

Research Programme on Religious Communities and Sustainable Development
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Philipp Öhlmann is a scholar in the field of religion and development. He heads the Research Programme on Religious Communities and Sustainable Development at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany, and is a Research Associate at University of Pretoria, South Africa. Philipp is also the lead editor of the Journal Religion & Development.


Philipp Öhlmann (born 1984) studied agricultural economics, development studies, history, economics, and theology in Berlin, Marburg and Buenos Aires. He heads the Research Programme on Religious Communities and Sustainable Development, jointly with Wilhelm Gräb. In 2016, he was the leader of the Livelihoods, Religion and Youth Survey in South Africa and visiting researcher at the University of Limpopo. Philipp has conducted extensive research on African Initiated Churches and development cooperation. Since 2017, he has been research associate at University of Pretoria. Prior to his academic career, Philipp worked as a programme officer for inter-church aid at the German Protestant Churches' Development Agency, Brot für die Welt.

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Philipp's research focuses on religion and economics as well as African Initiated Christianity and sustainable development. Important publications include African Initiated Christianity and the Decolonisation of Development: Sustainable Development in Pentecostal and Independent Churches (ed. with Wilhelm Gräb and Marie-Luise Frost, London: Routledge, 2020), "Religiosity and Household Income in Sekhukhune" (with Silke Hüttel, Development Southern Africa, 2018,) and “Religion and Sustainable Development: The ‘Secular Distinction’ in Development Policy and Its Implication for Development Cooperation with Religious Communities” (with Stefan Hunglinger, Wilhelm Gräb and Marie-Luise Frost, in Religion in Motion. Rethinking Religion, Knowledge and Discourse in a Globalizing World, ed. by Julian Hensold, Jordan Kynes, Philipp Öhlmann, Vanessa Rau, Rosa Schinagl and Adela Taleb, Cham: Springer Nature, 2020).



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Development Southern Africa

Religiosity and household income in Sekhukhune

Published: Jan 24, 2018 by Development Southern Africa
Authors: Öhlmann, Philipp; Hüttel, Silke
Subjects: Economics, Finance, Business & Industry, Religion

This paper aims at investigating effects of religiosity on rural household income using survey data from Greater Sekhukhune in the Limpopo Province of South Africa. While church membership per se does not reveal a significant effect on household income, the results show a positive and robust relationship for membership in the Zion Christian Church and the practice of African traditional religion.