Dipl Theol., PhD, UNESCO Chair in Interfaith Studies, University of Birmingham
Josef Boehle is research fellow in globalization, religion and politics at the Department of Theology and Religion, University of Birmingham, U.K. and coordinator of the UNESCO Chair in Interfaith Studies at the same university.
Prof. Boehle received a postgraduate degree in theology from the University of Tuebingen, Germany and received his PhD from the University of Birmingham in 2001 for his thesis on inter-religious co-operation in a global age.
Prof. Boehle helped to organize major conferences and summits addressing inter-religious, inter-cultural and inter-civilizational issues, including a Symposium at UNESCO headquarters in Paris on Unity in Diversity. From 2005-2010 he was a member of a UK Government (DFID) sponsored Research Consortium on Religions and Development.
He participated in various international events, such as the Conference on Interfaith Cooperation for Peace in June 2005 at the UN, the High-level Dialogue on Interreligious and Intercultural Understanding and Cooperation for Peace of the UN General Assembly in October 2007, the first and second UN Alliance of Civilizations Forum (in Madrid in January 2008 and in Istanbul in April 2009) and the annual meetings of the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS).