Complexity and Beyond in Studies of Religiosity in the Nordic Countries (CBSR)

The aim of the network is to develop new and more precise understandings of the characteristics and backgrounds for changes religiosity at the individual level in the Nordic countries during the last three to four decades and to create a stronger network for collaboration among Nordic researchers in the field.

Network focus

We aim to:

  • Move beyond established theoretical narratives of changes in individuals’ religiosity by identifying developments in the Nordic countries that these narratives struggle to explain.
  • Study the varying changes for religiosity that may be associated with structural changes (e.g., church–state relationships), social changes (e.g., immigration) and their interaction.
  • Perform mixed-methods comparisons based on existing voluntary organizational and community-based qualitative studies as well as large-scale longitudinal, comparative data.
  • Increase Nordic cooperation and research dissemination in articles in peer-reviewed journals, as well as in an edited volume published by a high-level international publisher.
  • Engage early career scholars in the network’s research activities and dissemination. .
  • Initiate to new research projects based on insights produced by network members.



Funded by the Joint Committee for Nordic research councils in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NOS-HS)

Project period: 1 January 2021 – 31. December 2022

PI: Peter Birkelund Andersen

Network members


UCPH members

Name Title Phone E-mail
Andersen, Peter Birkelund Associate Professor +4551303013 E-mail
Lorensen, Marlene Ringgaard Associate professor, Head of Studies +4535323675 E-mail