Prof. Nebel is Director of the Caritas in Veritate Foundation Chaire Rodhain à l'Institut Catholique de Paris and Senior lecturer in Moral Theology and Public Ethics and the Institut Catholique de Paris, Thelogicum. He has been coordinator of the Doctoral School for Theology of the Universities of Fribourg, Lausanne, Geneva and Neuchâtel (Switzerland).
Mathias Nebel has studied theology in Fribourg, Madrid and Cambridge (UK) and holds a Ph.D. in theology from the University of Fribourg. He has been full time professor of Theology and Ethics in Mexico City (UIA/ITAM) between 2003 and 2008. He came back to Europe in 2008, was Research Associated at the VHI, St Edmund's College, Cambridge and then coordinator of the Doctoral school in Theology of the Universities of Lausanne, Genève and Fribourg. Since 2011 he is Maître de Conférence at the Institut Catholic of Paris, holder of the Chaire Rodhain since 2012. He took up the direction of the Caritas in Veritate Foundation in 2011.
Mathias Nebel's area of expertise is social ethics and moral theology. He has researched and published on topics like structural sin, corruption, governance, development issues, the capability approach, education, etc. He is currently working on the theological notion of diakonia, especially its political dimension understood as the Christian way to exercise social power.
Local Governance for Development
The module analyses the role of local governance in development, starting from the challenge of governing the commons and the necessity of empowerment to give voice and ensure participation to local communities. Some existing community based development programs (CBDs) are introduced and discussed through in class simulations, in order to identify the strengths and difficulties of such initiatives. This makes students equipped with the tools to design common good dynamics for local development projects in a specific intervention.