About the RSP

What is the RSP?

The Religious Studies Project (RSP) is an international collaborative enterprise producing weekly podcasts and resources on the social-scientific and critical study of religion.

Since January 2012 we have released over 395 podcasts, along with response essays broadening the conversation, with religious studies scholars on cutting-edge theoretical, methodological, and empirical issues. And, as of August 2021, we have over 1 million unique episode downloads.

On our website, you can also find teaching resources for using our podcasts to learn more about religious studies, and our weekly digest of opportunities (including job postings, journal CFPs, conference announcements, and funding sources).

The RSP is a non-profit charitable organisation supported by the following organisations

But we always need your financial support so we can keep our episodes free. You can contribute by using our Amazon Associates links to shop or with a one-time or monthly donation.

Unless otherwise stated, all RSP material is disseminated under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License and can be distributed and utilised freely, provided full citation is given.

The views expressed in podcasts, features, and responses are the views of their individual contributors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of the RSP or our sponsors.

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Meet the Team

Managing Editor

Editors-in-Chief

Editorial Team

Opps Digest Editor

Features Editor

Features Editor

Transcripts Editor

Asst Opps Digest Ed

Audio Editor

Technical Consultant

Social Media Editor

Transcripts Editor

Audio Editor

Associate Editors

Interviews

Interviews

Interviews

Interviews

Interviews

Interviews

Interviews

Interviews

RSP History

The RSP was launched in 2012 by Christopher R. Cotter (The Open University) and David G. Robertson (The Open University) to bring contemporary issues in RS to a wider audience and provide a resource for undergraduate students of RS, their teachers, and interested members of the public.

Their aim was to provide engaging, concise, and reliable accounts of the most important concepts, traditions, scholars and methodologies in the contemporary study of religion, without pushing a religious or nonreligious agenda or resorting to presenting “fact files” about “World Religions”.

In 2019, Chris and David ushered in a new era of the RSP in welcoming Breann Fallon and David McConeghy as the new Managing Editors of the RSP and moving into their new roles as Co-Editors-in-Chief. In 2021, Breann stepped down from her position—though she remains an integral part of the RSP team—and Andie Alexander joined the ranks of co-editors alongside Dave. We are so very grateful for Bre’s work and leadership during her time as co-editor.

We are eternally grateful for the support of dozens of staff members and hundreds of contributors, and would like to acknowledge the hard work of our former editorial team members:

What's an SCIO?

The Religious Studies Project is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organization (SCIO) devoted to producing engaging and accessible resources for the contemporary study of religion.

In September 2017, The Religious Studies Project Association (the organisation behind the scenes at the RSP) became The Religious Studies Project Association [SCIO]. This meant the production of a constitution, the appointment of trustees, and a whole lot more. 

A pdf version of the constitution of The Religious Studies Project Association [SCIO] is available.

The trustees of the SCIO are: