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Johan Gärde

The Department of Social Sciences


Associate Professor, Senior lecturer,International Coordinator


+46 766 36 50 03


AdDress: Ersta Sköndal Bräcke University College
Department of Social Sciences, Box 441,
SE-128 06 Sköndal


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Johan Gärde (PhD) is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Social Sciences, Ersta Sköndal Bräcke University College and currently Chairman of the Council for International Academic Coordination at ESUC. PhD in Religion of Sociology (Uppsala University, Sweden) in 1999.

Main interests:

-Civil society and Religion

-Religion and Social Work

-Religion and Conflict

-Religion and Social Change

-International Development Assistance& Social Development

-Islam, Civil Society and Social Change

Johan Gärde has lectured and published with a main focus on issues such as civil society, religion and social work. He has more than 25 years of field experience from Latin America and the Middle East and North Africa region, but also with international development projects in Africa and Asia. He completed a national World Values Survey on Sunnite, Shiite and Oriental Christian values in Lebanon. He was previously a Visiting Assistant Professor at the American University of Beirut and Associate Professor at Notre Dame University in Louaize, Lebanon, responsible for a regional NGO Management and Civil Society Program for social leaders from around ten countries in the MENA-region. He’s lecturing on topics relating to religion, values, culture and social change as well as international development and civil society. Recent publications include “Social Work and Religion”, “Diapraxis- an Interreligious Approach in Social Work”, and “A Collaborative Model to Combat Exclusion of Vulnerable EU- and Third-Country Nationals”. 

Publication List (in selection)

Gärde, J. (2015). “Marginalisation and disappointment: the socio economic conditions of Shiite populations in the Middle East” in “Negotiating Authority in Contemporary Shi‛ite Thought and Practice”, (Ed.) Professor David Turfjell. Forthcoming.

Gärde, J. (2015). Welfare, Wellbeing and Wealth, Concepts on Zakat, Caritas and Diaconia amoung minority populations in Post-secular Europe, i antologin “Welfare and Values in Europe, (WaVE) (Eds.) Anders Bäckström och Grace Davie. Forthcoming.

Gärde, J. (2015). Shrinking Religious Communities, Thriving Social Work. Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Social Work, 34(1). London: Routledge Taylor & Francis Group.

Gärde, Johan (2014). Religion and Social Work. Lund: Studentlitteratur. (Academic Textbook).

Gärde, Johan, Mansour Moaddel & Jean Kors (2014) Correlates of Sectarianism: The Case of Lebanon. Forthcoming in British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies. London: Routledge.

Gärde, Johan (2014). Crossroads, A Methodology Guide, A Collaborative Model to Combat Exclusion of Vulnerable EU- and Third-Country Nationals. Stadsmissionen and The European Union Integration Fund.

Gärde, Johan (2014). Kristna i Libanon och Mellanöstern: klämda mellan arabism och islamism. Uppdrag mission: Lunds missionssällskap.

Gärde, J. & Khashan, H., & (2013). Democratic Values in Lebanon's Segmented Politics. The Arab World Geographer, 16(3), 313-325.

Gärde, J. (2012). Patterns of Religiosity among Sunnis, Shias, and Christians in Lebanon's Multi-confessional Context. Middle East Critique, 21(3), 291-308.

Gärde, Johan (2012). Diapraxis- An Interreligious Approach in Social Work. Stockholm: Stadsmissionen and The European Union Integration Fund.

Gärde Johan, Mansour Moaddel & Jean Kors (2012). Sectarianism and Counter Sectarianism in Lebanon. USA: Easter University of Michigan, Institute for Social Research, Research Reports 12/757.

Gärde, Johan (2012). A Demand-driven and Participatory Process for Peace in Iraq –The Case of Sandö I-V. In: “Human Geography: Explorations in an Iraqi Dialogue Process.” Stockholm: Folke Bernadotte Akademi.

Gärde, Johan (2011). Leadership challenges in the Civil Society Sector of Sweden. European Union Social Fund and Famna.

Gärde, Johan (2009). Faith-Based Organisations and the Configuration of Civil Society in the MENA-perspective. In “Non-Muslims in Muslim Majority Societies”. Ed. Göran Gunner and Kajsa Alhstand. Eugene, Oregon, US: Pickwick Publications.

Gärde, Johan (2008). Watching Muslims on TV – On bonding and bridging social trust. Uppsala: Life & Peace Institute: New Routes, nr. 2/2008.

Gärde, Johan (2008). Faith-Based Organizations and Secular Organizations as Social Providers in a Development Context. Abstract approved and Presented at the Eighth International Conference of the International Society for Third-Sector Research (ISTR) and the Second European Conference of the EMES European Research Network and ISTR. Barcelona, 9-12 juli.

Gärde, Johan (2007). Andliga doktriner –etnicitet, religion och kultur som fiendebilder och identitetsskapare. Stockholm: Utrikespolitiska föreningen Stockholms universitet och Yrkesgrupper mot kärnvapen.

Gärde, Johan (2006). The Clashes within Civilizations - Implosions in the MENA-region. Lebanon: The Millennium Lecture Series, Notre Dame University-Louaize.

Gärde, Johan (2004). Suede: Oui, mais a l’elargissement (Yes to EU-enlargement –No to the EU), in Attention, Europe! Elargir ou pas? Outre-Terre (revue), nr 7, 2004. Edition Eres, Paris, France.

Gärde, Johan (2003). Theocracy and Democracy in the Catholic Church - Examples from the MENA-region. Uppsala, Sweden: April 2003, Swedish Mission Council Journal.

Gärde, Johan (1999). Katolicismen i Sverige – Mångfaldens kyrka. Invandrare och minoriteter (Scandinavian Migration and Ethnic Minority Review), nr. 4, 1999.

Gärde, Johan (1999). From Immigration Church to a Multicultural Church. A Church Sociological Analysis of the Catholic Church in Sweden from the 1970’s to the 1990’s. Doctoral dissertation, Department of Sociology of Religion, Faculty of Theology, Uppsala University, Sweden.


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