Department of Religions and Philosophies & Shapoorji Pallonji Institute of Zoroastrian Studies

Gen Z and Beyond: A Survey for Every Generation


What constitutes a Zoroastrian identity and creates a sense of belonging? Is it through a local or global community, a shared history or ethnicity, or religious beliefs and practices? Is it by engaging in community spaces or being a part of an ethnic and religious minority within a non-Zoroastrian majority population?

Gen Z and Beyond: A Survey for Every Generation will answer these critical questions by conducting an in-depth, online survey to explore different views and practices within the current global (Iranian/Parsi/Irani) Zoroastrian community and those close to it.

The Survey will collect and analyse data in three crucial areas:

  • Demographic, including education, employment, language, and domestic life
  • Behavioural, including religious and cultural beliefs and practices
  • Attitudinal, including socio-religious and ethnic identities

By collecting this information, we will be able to look at the Zoroastrian population worldwide for the first time. It will give us greater understanding of the factors that have promoted or inhibited the growth and success of the community in different contexts across the world.

An introduction to the Gen Z and Beyond Survey.

Key information

The survey was launched in August 2021 and will close on 15 January 2023. The project will close on  31 March 2023 allowing for data analysis and the production of a report. 

The project is led by Dr Sarah Stewart and is managed by Dr Nazneen Engineer. The project administrator and data analyst is Joe Turtle. 

The Gen Z and Beyond Survey is open to people aged 18 and over who have:

  • Two (Iranian/Parsi/Irani) Zoroastrian parents, or
  • A (Iranian/Parsi/Irani) Zoroastrian father, or
  • A (Iranian/Parsi/Irani) Zoroastrian mother, or
  • At least one (Iranian/Parsi/Irani) Zoroastrian grandparent, or
  • A (Iranian/Parsi/Irani) Zoroastrian spouse

The survey is available in English, Gujarati and Farsi. 

Learn more

To find out more information on the project, please visit the Gen Z and Beyond website.

To sign up and take the survey, please click here.