Dr. Kim Knibbe

Associate Professor Sociology and Anthropology of Religion


About Kim Knibbe

Dr. Knibbe is the director of the graduate school theology and religious studies at the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, Groningen University. She is responsible for recruiting PhD students and creating the right research environment for PhD research.

The Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies is one of the founding faculties of the University of Groningen. With its combination of approaches from the humanities and the social sciences, the Faculty contributes significantly to the strong scholarly reputation of the University of Groningen, both in Europe and globally.
The Faculty is a leading European institution for the study of religion. The dynamic relationship between religion, culture and society is at the heart of our teaching and research. We are proud to be ranked as the best teaching and research centre for religion in the Netherlands.

Our academic staff includes religious studies specialists, historians, philosophers, political scientists, sociologists, anthropologists and psychologists. Together, we cover a broad and varied field of research, ranging from the study of classic world religions to research into religious developments and normative and ethical questions in today’s multicultural society.

Five thematic centres

The Faculty has five thematic centres of expertise which act as network platforms to facilitate multi- and interdisciplinary research and collaboration with private and public organizations.

  • The Centre for Religion and Heritage bundles expertise in religious, particularly Christian history, and works with partners in museums, church foundations, and government to bring knowledge of material and immaterial heritage to the public.
  • The Centre for Religion, Conflict and Globalization engages in research, policy advice, and analysis with the aim of developing critical conceptual and practical approaches to understanding ‘religion’ and its relationship with politics, peace and conflict, law and human rights, development, migration, sexuality, and gender.
  • The Centre for Religion, Health and Wellbeing offers a multidisciplinary approach to research on health and wellbeing. Its researchers engage in the study of spirituality, ethical issues surrounding the end of life, as well as research on diversity in religious and cultural views on illness and health.
  • The Institute of Indian Studies aims at bridging different disciplines, such as
    anthropology, religious studies, philology, and performative studies in the investigation of Indian religions and cultures.
  • The Qumran Institute is a leading centre for the study of the Dead Sea Scrolls and ancient Judaism in the wider context of the ancient world, with the writings of Flavius Josephus as an important reference point. Research into ancient texts, the people behind them, and the world in which they lived is done using a multidisciplinary approach (literary, history, palaeography, archaeology, numismatics), even making use of such sciences as Artificial Intelligence, Chemistry, and Radiocarbon Dating (C14).

About the University of Groningen

The University of Groningen (UG, www.rug.nl, founded 1614) is one of the largest comprehensive research universities in the Netherlands with about 35 thousand bachelor & master students and more than two thousand PhD candidates. In recent years, UG has consistently ranked among the Top-100 of the world’s best universities (ARWU Shanghai & THE World University). UG has a broad offer of teaching and research programs at eleven faculties, ranging from Health Sciences, Life Sciences, and Science & Technology to the Social Sciences & Humanities.