Kim Groop

Kim Groop

Dr. Th. Head of research in Church history


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I am a university teacher, associate professor (docent) and researcher in church history at Åbo Akademi University. Since March 2018, I've has been the Head of Education for Theology at the Faculty of Arts, Psychology and Theology. My original research studies has covered the history and legacy of the Christian mission and European colonialism in Africa; in particular, in Tanzania and Namibia. Lately, I have focused on issues relating to cultural memory and political uses of the past. In this work, I have especially focused on Protestantism, pietism, and the Christian mission in Finland and Africa, as well as on the "re-building" of cultural memory sites in the former GDR.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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