University of Pretoria - Research Review
University of Pretoria - Research Review
Part 3 - Researchers and research capacity

Faculties and research entities

Professor Johan Buitendag
Dean: Professor Johan Buitendag


The Faculty’s overarching research theme is entitled Oikodome – Life in its fullness. In order to combine interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary perspectives, the theme is approached from three cluster perspectives: the so-called basics (Old and New Testament Studies), beliefs (Dogmatics and Christian Ethics with Church History and Church Polity), and practices (Science of Religion and Missiology with Practical Theology). Important foci include aspects of social justice, human dignity, reconciliation, moral formation and responsible citizenship.

There are three Centres in the Faculty.



Centre for Contextual Ministry (CCM)
Centre for Public Theology (CPT)
Centre for Sustainable Communities (SSC)

Partner liaising offices

Excelsus (Dutch Reformed Church: Centre for Continuing
Ministerial Development)
Hervormde Teologiese Kollege (HTK: Netherdutch Reformed
Church College)