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Dr. Deborah de Koning works as postdoctoral researcher in the Apocalypse and Climate Change project. She has a passion for Eastern Religions (specifically Hinduism and Buddhism) and focusses in her academic work on contemporary religious practices. She loves being ‘in the field’ to conduct ethnographic research and has a passion for diversity.

The climate crisis affects our world and the ways we look at it. Religious traditions offer specific worldviews – including language – to provide interpretations of crises. Deborah is interested in how religious traditions are reappraised in the climate discourse. In her research she specifically looks at how religious (climate) communities contribute to climate positive living and how they (selectively) employ religious traditions for this. She mainly focusses on practices, for instance climate rituals: meaning-making practices in response to the climate crisis. By looking at people's practices emerging ideas of post-secular sacralitiy within the climate discourse are disclosed.  

External positions

(guest) lecturer Hinduism and Buddhism (Evangelische Theologische Faculteit)

2 Jan 202430 Mar 2027

(guest)lecturer hinduism and buddhism (Theologische Universiteit Utrecht)

1 Jan 202431 Dec 2027

(guest)lecturer Hinduism and Buddhism (Christelijke Hogeschool Ede)

1 Sept 20231 Sept 2026


  • Pilgrimage
  • Identity
  • Inter-Religious Communication
  • Religion And Culture
  • Religious Diversity
  • Southeast Asia
  • Nationalism
  • Sacred Space
  • Buddhism
  • Hinduism


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