Dr Mark Owen
United Kingdom

Location of Activities

North Europe
Secretary General, European Council of Religious Leaders

Director, Centre of Religion, Reconciliation and Peace, University of Winchester 

Dr Mark Owen holds a BA in Theology and Religious Studies, MA in World Religions, and PhD in Tibetan Buddhism. Mark has extensive experience of working with interfaith and multi-faith organisations, and an academic and practical background in religious peacebuilding. 

Dr Owen has been Secretary General of the European Council of Religious Leaders since May 2017, and is also the Director of the Centre of Religion, Reconciliation and Peace, University of Winchester, UK. Mark has carried out research on religion’s roles in peacebuilding and reconciliation in numerous countries in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Mark's current research focuses on designing innovative and evidence based methods for accurately assessing the potential roles religious actors can play in peacebuilding and reconciliation processes in a given context.  His interests also include religions’ roles in migration and integration, Freedom of Religion or Belief, and Buddhist approaches to Conflict Transformation. Mark is also the founder and trustee of the UK registered charity Freedom to Learn, which works to provide the opportunity of education to children from some of the remotest regions of the Himalayas and South Asia.

Main Publications: 

1.) King, A.S.; Owen, M. 2020. The Promise and Challenge of Multireligious Peacebuilding in the 21st Century: A Myanmar Case Study. Religions, 11(3), 121; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel11030121

2.) Owen, M. & King, A. 2019. ‘Enhancing the Efficacy of Religious Peacebuilding Practice: An Evidence-based Framework for Assessing Dominant Risks in Religious Peacebuilding’. Religions 2019: 10, 641. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel10120641

3.) Frazer, O. & Owen, M. 2018. Religion in Conflict and Peacebuilding: An Analysis Guide. United States Institute of Peace.

4.) 2018. Majbritt Lyck-Bowen & Owen, M. “A Multi-Religious Response to the Migrant Crisis in Europe: An Initial Examination of Potential Benefits of Multi-Religious Cooperation on the Integration of Migrants.” Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/1369183X.2018.1437344

5.) 2018. Katherine Marshall et al ‘Religious roles in refugee resettlement: pertinent experience and insights, addressed to G20 members’. Discussion Paper in Economics, No. 2018-11, January 26, 2018.  http://www.economics-ejournal.org/economics/discussionpapers/2018-11/

6.) 2017. ‘A Buddhist Response to the Theology of Religions’. Thirty Years of Theology of Religions. Koninklijke Brill.

7.) 2014. ‘Preparing for the Future: Reassessing the Possibility of Violence Emanating From Tibetan Exile Communities in India’ 2014. India Review, 149-169.

8.) 2014. ‘Devising a Methodological Framework for Analysing the Potential of Buddhist Peacebuilding’. In Thicht Nhat Tu & Thich Duc Thien Buddhist Contributions to Global Peacebuilding. Religion Press.

Areas of Actions: 
Peace and ReconciliationConflict PreventionConflict AnalysisFreedom of Religion or BeliefInterreligious Dialogue
Forms of Actions: 
ResearchCapacity Building and EmpowermentNetworkingPeace and Conflict Resolution