A University of Ottawa professor has been awarded $2.5 million to study religious diversity in Canada and identify global patterns in responding to it.

Department of classics and religious studies Prof. Lori Beaman’s project, titled the Religion and Diversity Project, examines religious diversity in Canada and develops strategies to best respond to the opportunities and challenges presented by religious diversity while promoting a just and peaceful society.

The seven-year project assembles a multi-disciplinary team of 36 researchers at 24 universities in Canada, Australia, France, the United Kingdom and the U.S. to study how religious identity is formed by groups and how people outside the group perceive them; how law and public policy defines and limits religion and religious expression; and why gender and sexuality tend to be “flashpoints” within religion.