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A/Prof. Anna Halafoff

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Position

Associate Professor of Sociology

Faculty

Faculty of Arts and Education

Department

School of Hum & Social Science

Campus

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy, Monash University, 2010
Graduate Diploma of Education, University of New England, 2006
Master of Letters, University of New England, 2001

Contact

anna.halafoff@deakin.edu.au
+61 3 924 43981

Biography

Dr. Anna Halafoff is an Associate Professor in Sociology and a member of the Alfred Deakin Institute at Deakin University. She is also a Research Associate of the UNESCO Chair in Interreligious and Intercultural Relations – Asia Pacific at Monash University. Anna’s current research interests include: religious diversity; interreligious relations; young people and religion; preventing violent extremism; education about religions and worldviews; Buddhism and gender; and Buddhism in Australia.
 

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Career highlights


 

Affiliations

UN Alliance of Civilizations Global Expert
Research Associate, UNESCO Chair Interreligious and Intercultural Relations – Asia-Pacific
 

Publications

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2022

Women, religion, and digital counter-publics: introduction

C Starkey, E Tomalin, A Halafoff

(2022), Vol. 37, pp. 1-8, Journal of Contemporary Religion, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Gender equality and digital counter-publics in global Buddhism: bhikkhuni ordination in the Thai Forest Tradition in Australia

A Halafoff, E Tomalin, C Starkey

(2022), Vol. 37, pp. 71-88, Journal of Contemporary Religion, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Worldview complexity: The challenge of intersecting diversities for conceptualising diversity

G Bouma, A Halafoff, G Barton

(2022), pp. 1-19, Social Compass, London, Eng., C1

journal article
2021

Freedoms, faiths and futures: Teenage Australians on religion, sexuality and diversity

Andrew Singleton, Mary Rasmussen, Anna Halafoff, Gary Bouma

(2021), London, Eng., A1

book

Australia : Diversity, Neutrality and Exceptionalism

Michele Grossman, Vivian Gerrand, Anna Halafoff

(2021), pp. 296-308, Routledge Handbook on the Governance of Religious Diversity, London, Eng., B1

book chapter

Earth unbound: Climate change, activism and justice

M Lobo, L Bedford, R Bellingham, K Davies, A Halafoff, E Mayes, B Sutton, A Walsh, S Stein, C Lucas

(2021), Vol. 53, pp. 1491-1508, Educational Philosophy and Theory, C1

journal article

Worldviews Complexity in COVID-19 Times: Australian Media Representations of Religion, Spirituality and Non-Religion in 2020

Anna Halafoff, Emily Marriott, Geraldine Smith, Enqi Weng, Gary Bouma

(2021), Vol. 12, pp. 1-21, Religions, Basel, Switzerland, C1

journal article

Higher education, exclusion and belonging: Religious complexity, coping and connectedness among international students during the COVID-19 pandemic in Australia

E Weng, A Halafoff, G Barton, G Smith

(2021), Vol. 11, pp. 38-57, Journal of International Students, Monroe, La., C1

journal article

Religion on an ordinary news day in Australia: Hidden christianity and the pervasiveness of lived religion, spirituality and the secular sacred

E Weng, A Halafoff

(2021), Vol. 10, pp. 225-249, Journal of Religion, Media and Digital Culture, Leiden, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Whiteness, Religious Diversity and Relational Belonging: Opportunities and Challenges for African Migrants in Australia

Enqi Weng, Anna Halafoff, Danielle Campbell, William Abur, Gary Bouma, Greg Barton

(2021), Vol. 34, pp. 289-313, Journal for the Academic Study of Religion, Sheffield, Eng., C1

journal article
2020

Religious literacy of Australia's Gen Z teens: diversity and social inclusion

A Halafoff, A Singleton, G Bouma, M Rasmussen

(2020), Vol. 41, pp. 195-213, Journal of beliefs and values, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Religious diversity in Australia: rethinking social cohesion

D Ezzy, G Bouma, G Barton, A Halafoff, R Banham, R Jackson, L Beaman

(2020), Vol. 11, pp. 1-16, Religions, Basel, Switzerland, C1

journal article

Multifaith third spaces: digital activism, netpeace, and the Australian religious response to climate change

G Smith, A Halafoff

(2020), Vol. 11, pp. 1-16, Religions, Basel, Switzerland, C1

journal article

Diverse worldviews education and social inclusion: a comparison between Finnish and Australian approaches to build intercultural and interreligious understanding

T Lipiäinen, A Halafoff, F Mansouri, G Bouma

(2020), Vol. 42, pp. 391-402, British journal of religious education, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

Complex, critical and caring: young people's diverse religious, spiritual and non-religious worldviews in Australia and Canada

A Halafoff, H Shipley, P Young, A Singleton, M Rasmussen, G Bouma

(2020), Vol. 11, pp. 1-12, Religions, Basel, Switzerland, C1

journal article

Methodological challenges of designing a survey to capture young people's (non-binary) affiliations in relationship to religion, sexuality and gender

Mary Rasmussen, Sulamith Graefenstein, Andrew Singleton, Anna Halafoff, Gary Bouma

(2020), Vol. 23, pp. 695-709, International journal of social research methodology, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

Media representations of religion, spirituality and non-religion in Australia

Enqi Weng, Anna Halafoff

(2020), Vol. 11, pp. 1-16, Religions, Basel, Switzerland, C1

journal article

Religion, power, and resistance new ideas for a divided world

Anna Halafoff, Sam Han, Caroline Starkey, James Spickard

(2020), Basel, Switzerland, A7

edited book
2019

InterAction Australia: Countering the Politics of Fear with Netpeace

Anna Halafoff

(2019), pp. 68-86, The interfaith movement : mobilising religious diversity in the 21st century, London, Eng., B1

book chapter

Worldviews education: cosmopolitan peacebuilding and preventing violent extremism

A Halafoff, K Lam, G Bouma

(2019), Vol. 40, pp. 381-395, Journal of beliefs and values, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

A personal and scholarly reflection on sociology of religion, peacebuilding and spaciousness

A Halafoff

(2019), Vol. 32, pp. 234-247, Journal for the Academic Study of Religion, Sheffield, Eng., C1

journal article

The AGZ Study: project report

Andrew Singleton, Mary Rasmussen, Anna Halafoff, Gary Bouma

(2019), Melbourne, Vic., A6

research report/technical paper
2018

Being spiritually educated

R Webster

(2018), pp. 73-85, Re-enchanting education and spiritual wellbeing fostering belonging and meaning-making for global citizens, London, Eng., B1

book chapter

Interfaith youth in Australia: A critical reflection on religious diversity, literacy, and identity

A Halafoff

(2018), pp. 230-251, The critical analysis of religious diversity, Leiden, The Netherlands, B1

book chapter

Whatever? Religion, youth, and identity in 21st century Australia

A Halafoff, Laura Gobey

(2018), pp. 255-277, Youth, religion and identity in a globalizing context: International perspectives, Leiden, The Netherlands, B1

book chapter

Initiatives pour contrer l'anticosmopolitisme dans le contexte australien

Gary Bouma, Anna Halafoff

(2018), pp. 235-247, Dix ans plus tard: la commission Bouchard-Taylor, succès ou échec?, Montreal, Quebec, B1

book chapter

Women and ultramodern Buddhism in Australia

A Halafoff, J Garrod, L Gobey

(2018), Vol. 9, pp. 1-16, Religions, Basel, Switzerland, C1

journal article

Sacred places and sustainable development

A Halafoff, M Clarke

(2018), Vol. 9, pp. 1-12, Religions, Basel, Switzerland, C1

journal article

The AGZ Study: press kit

A Singleton, Mary Rasmussen, Anna Halafoff, Gary Bouma

(2018), [Melbourne, Vic.], A6

research report/technical paper
2017

Religion and development in the Asia-Pacific : sacred places as development spaces

M Clarke, A Halafoff

(2017), London, Eng., A1

book

Spiritual wellbeing in education

Marian DeSouza, Anna Halafoff

(2017), pp. 7-22, Re-enchanting education and spiritual wellbeing : fostering belonging and meaning-making for global citizens, Abingdon, Eng., B1

book chapter

Australia's changing religious profile-rising nones and pentecostals, declining british protestants in superdiversity: views from the 2016 census

G Bouma, A Halafoff

(2017), Vol. 30, pp. 129-143, Journal for the academic study of religion, Sheffield, Eng., C1

journal article

Re-enchanting education and spiritual wellbeing: fostering belonging and meaning-making for global citizens

A Halafoff, Marian de Souza

(2017), Abingdon, Eng., A7

edited book
2016

Governance and Religious Diversity in Australia: Multifaith relations and religious instruction in the State of Victoria

A Halafoff

(2016), pp. 101-117, Politics and practice of religious diversity: national contexts, global issues, Abingdon, Eng., B1

book chapter

Education about religions and worldviews: promoting intercultural and interreligious understanding in secular societies

A Halafoff, E Arweck, D Boisvert

(2016), Abingdon, Eng., A7

edited book
2015

Lagging behind other nations: the religion in schools debate in Australia

A Halafoff, K Lam

(2015), pp. 321-345, Issues in religion and education: Whose religion?, Leiden, The Netherlands, B1

book chapter

Spirituality, religion and youth: an introduction

D Ezzy, A Halafoff

(2015), pp. 845-861, Handbook of children and youth studies, Singapore, B1

book chapter

Multifaith responses to global risks

A Halafoff

(2015), pp. 2965-2982, The Changing World Religion Map: Sacred Places, Identities, Practices and Politics, B1

book chapter

Cyber sisters: Buddhist women's online activism and practice

E Tomalin, C Starkey, A Halafoff

(2015), Vol. 6, pp. 11-33, Religion and internet, Leiden, The Netherlands, B1

book chapter

Religion and contemporary society

A Halafoff

(2015), pp. 300-323, Sociologic: analysing everyday life and culture, Oxford, Eng., B1-1

book chapter

Sakyadhita International: gender equity in ultramodern Buddhism

A Halafoff, P Rajkobal

(2015), Vol. 23, pp. 111-127, Feminist theology, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Education about diverse religions and worldviews, social inclusion and countering extremism: lessons for the Australian curriculum

A Halafoff

(2015), Vol. 36, pp. 362-379, Journal of Intercultural Studies, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

Multifaith societies: editorial introduction

A Halafoff, P Hedges

(2015), Vol. 25, pp. 37-42, Studies in interreligious dialogue, Leuven, Belgium, C1

journal article

Globalisation and multifaith societies

A Halafoff, P Hedges

(2015), Vol. 25, pp. 135-161, Studies in interreligious dialogue, Leuven, Belgium, C1

journal article

Gender and the Cybersangha: Buddhist women's online activism and practice

E Tomalin, C Starkey, A Halafoff

(2015), pp. 115-122, Compassion and Social Justice : Proceedings of the 14th Buddhist Women 2015 Conference, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, E1

conference
2014

Dalai Lama (the 14th)

A Halafoff, P Rajkobal

(2014), pp. 21-34, Great spiritual leaders : studies in leadership for a pluralist society, Canberra, A. C. T., B1

book chapter

Riots, mass casualities, and religious hatred : countering anticosmopolitan terror through intercultural and interreligious understanding

Anna Halafoff

(2014), Vol. 2, pp. 293-312, Controversies in contemporary religion : education, law, politics, society, and spirituality, Oxford , England, B1

book chapter

Introduction to the special issue "Migrant youth, intercultural relations and the challenges of social inclusion"

F Mansouri, A Halafoff

(2014), Vol. 2, pp. 1-4, Social inclusion, Lisbon, Portugal, C1

journal article

Antisemitism and Jewish children and youth in Australia's Capital Territory schools

D Ben-Moshe, A Halafoff

(2014), Vol. 2, pp. 47-56, Social inclusion, Lisbon, Portugal, C1

journal article
2013

The multifaith movement : global risks and cosmopolitan solutions

A Halafoff

(2013), Dordrecht, The Netherlands, A1

book

Encounter as conflict : interfaith peace-building

A Halafoff

(2013), pp. 262-280, Understanding inter-religious relations, New York, N. Y., B1

book chapter

Building community resilience

A Halafoff

(2013), pp. 183-192, Countering extremism: building social resilience through community engagement, London, England, B1-1

book chapter

L'interreligieux en Australie

A Halafoff

(2013), pp. 221-234, Religion et société en Nouvelle-Calédonie et en Océanie, Avignon, France, B1

book chapter

Education about religions and beliefs in Victoria

A Halafoff

(2013), Vol. 26, pp. 172-197, Journal for the academic study of religion, Sheffield, England, C1

journal article

[In]visibility of women in Buddhism in Australia

A Halafoff

(2013), Vol. 6, Seachanges, Ipswich, Qld., C1

journal article
2012

Buddhism in Australia : an emerging field of study

A Halafoff, R Fitzpatrick, K Lam

(2012), Vol. 13, pp. 9-25, Journal of global buddhism, United States, C1

journal article

Muslim participation in multifaith initiatives in Victoria

A Halafoff

(2012), Vol. 89, pp. 115-123, La Trobe Journal, Melbourne, Vic., C1

journal article

Secularism vs resurgence of religion : report on the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Asia Pacific Regional Consultation in Shanghai

A Halafoff

(2012), [unknown], A6

research report/technical paper
2011

Venerable Robina Courtin : an unconventional Buddhist?

A Halafoff

(2011), pp. 148-152, Buddhism in Australia : traditions in change, Oxon, U. K., B1-1

book chapter

Multifaith initiatives in Victoria

A Halafoff

(2011), Vol. 4, pp. 22-25, Gesher, Richmond, Vic., C1-1

journal article

Netpeace : the multifaith movement and common security : 2010 Penny Magee memorial lecture

A Halafoff

(2011), Vol. 24, pp. 127-149, Australian religion studies review, Sheffield, U. K., C1-1

journal article

With guarded optimism? Evidence from focus groups of 'mainstream' Australians' perceptions of Muslims

P Lentini, A Halafoff, E Ogru

(2011), Vol. 22, pp. 409-432, Islam and Christian-Muslim relations, Oxon, U. K., C1-1

journal article

Countering Islamophobia : Muslim participation in multifaith networks

A Halafoff

(2011), Vol. 22, pp. 451-467, Islam and Christian-Muslim relations, Oxon, U. K., C1-1

journal article
2010

Introduction - misplaced risks and common security

D Wright-Neville, A Halafoff

(2010), pp. 1-5, Terrorism and social exclusion : misplaced risk - common security, Cheltenham, England, B1-1

book chapter

Civic integration for religious community leaders new to Australia : a multifaith approach

A Halafoff, P Lentini, G Bouma

(2010), pp. 155-173, Terrorism and social exclusion : misplaced risk - common security, Cheltenham, England, B1-1

book chapter

The impact of religious diversity and revitalization on inter-religious education for citizenship and human rights

G Bouma, R Ling, A Halafoff

(2010), pp. 1053-1069, International handbook of inter-religious education, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, B1-1

book chapter

Netpeace and the cosmopolitan condition : multifaith movements and the politics of understanding

A Halafoff

(2010), Vol. 11, pp. 717-737, Political theology, Sheffield, England, C1-1

journal article
2009

A missing peace? The role of religious actors in countering terrorism

A Halafoff, D Wright-Neville

(2009), Vol. 32, pp. 921-932, Studies of conflict and terrorism, Philadelphia, Pa., C1-1

journal article

Multifaith education and social inclusion in Australia

G Bouma, A Halafoff

(2009), Vol. 57, pp. 17-25, Journal of religious education, Ballarat, Vic., C1-1

journal article

Perceptions of multiculturalism and security in Victoria : report to the Department of Premier and Cabinet, State Government of Victoria

P Lentini, A Halafoff, E Ogru

(2009), Clayton, Vic., A6-1

research report/technical paper
2008

Developing a peace education curriculum for Vietnamese primary schools : a case study of participatory action research in cross-cultural design

M Conley Tyler, D Bretherton, A Halafoff, Y Nietschke

(2008), Vol. 7, pp. 346-368, Journal of research in international education, London, England, C1-1

journal article

Multifaith movements in ultramodernity

A Halafoff

(2008), pp. 1-18, Re-imagining sociology : the annual conference of the Australian Sociological Association 2008, 2-5 December 2008, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Vic., E1-1

conference
2007

Managing the impact of global crisis events on community relations in multicultural Australia

G Bouma, S Pickering, A Halafoff, H Dellal

(2007), City East, Qld., A6-1

research report/technical paper

Advancing Australian 'shared security' : secular-religious peacebuilding networks

A Halafoff

(2007), pp. 1-7, TASA 2007 Conference Proceedings : Public Sociologies : Lessons and Trans-Tasman Comparisons, Auckland, N. Z., E1-1

conference
2006

UnAustralian values

A Halafoff

(2006), pp. 1-18, UNAustralia : Cultural Studies Association of Australasia annual conference., Canberra, A. C. T., E1-1

conference

Civic integration for religious community leaders new to Australia : a multifaith peacebuilding approach

A Halafoff

(2006), pp. 1-9, Sociology for a mobile world : TASA 2006 : annual conference of The Australian Sociological Association, University of Western Australia &​ Murdoch University, 4-7 December 2006., Perth, W. A., E1-1

conference

Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

Australian Young People's Perspectives on Religions and Non-religious Worldviews

A/Prof Mary Louise Rasmussen, Prof Gary Bouma, Prof Andrew Singleton, A/Prof Anna Halafoff, Dr Paul Myers

ARC - Discovery Projects

  • 2018: $36,169
  • 2017: $161,611

Religious diversity in Australia: Strategies to maintain social cohesion

Prof Douglas Ezzy, Prof Gary Bouma, Prof Greg Barton, A/Prof Anna Halafoff, Dr Lori Beaman, Prof Robert Jackson

ARC - Discovery Projects

  • 2019: $59,208
  • 2018: $38,040

Other Public Sector Funding

Buddhism in Victoria ref:01341-0

Mr Petr Svoboda, A/Prof Anna Halafoff

VMC Grant - Strengthening Multicultural Communities Grant - Victorian Multicultural Commission

  • 2014: $6,000

Views of Prison Chaplaincy among Buddhist Organisations in Victoria

A/Prof Anna Halafoff, Dr Edwin Ng

DPCGV Grant - Research - Department of Premier and Cabinet, Government of Victoria

  • 2014: $2,400

Centre for Resilient and Inclusive Societies (CRIS)

Prof Michele Grossman, Prof Fethi Mansouri, Prof Shahram Akbarzadeh, Prof Anita Harris, Dr Vanessa Barolsky, Dr Amanuel Elias, Prof Greg Barton, A/Prof Anna Halafoff, Dr Vivian Gerrand, Prof Amanda Keddie, Prof Yin Paradies, Dr Matteo Vergani, Dr Jessica Walton, Prof Chad Whelan, Dr Ana-Maria Bliuc, Dr Philippa Collin, Dr Hass Dellal, Dr Nida Denson, Prof Kevin Dunn, Dr Liam Magee, Dr Liam McGarty, A/Prof Amanda Third, Dr Michael Ungar, Dr Sherene Idriss

Department of Premier and Cabinet Vic

  • 2019: $1,824,753
  • 2018: $1,065,362

Industry and Other Funding

Evaluation of Regional Participation Project

A/Prof Danny Ben-Moshe, A/Prof Anna Halafoff, Prof Yin Paradies

Centre for Multicultural Youth Issues

  • 2014: $50,000
  • 2012: $50,000

Buddhist Life Stories of Australia

A/Prof Anna Halafoff

Pozible Pty Ltd

  • 2014: $10,323

Faith Communities Supporting Healthy Family Relationships.

A/Prof Anna Halafoff

Buddhist Council of Victoria

  • 2021: $3,500
  • 2020: $3,500

Conspirituality' and science in Australia: Material and Digital Practices, Activism and Risks

A/Prof Anna Halafoff, Prof Cristina Rocha, Prof Andrew Singleton, Dr Alexandra Roginski, Dr Enqi Weng

International Research Network for the Study of Science and Belief in Society Research Grant

  • 2021: $26,172

Other Funding Sources

Centre for Resilient and Inclusive Societies (CRIS)

Prof Michele Grossman, Prof Fethi Mansouri, Prof Shahram Akbarzadeh, Prof Anita Harris, Dr Vanessa Barolsky, Dr Amanuel Elias, Prof Greg Barton, A/Prof Anna Halafoff, Dr Vivian Gerrand, Prof Amanda Keddie, Prof Yin Paradies, Dr Matteo Vergani, Dr Jessica Walton, Prof Chad Whelan, Dr Ana-Maria Bliuc, Dr Philippa Collin, Dr Hass Dellal, Dr Nida Denson, Prof Kevin Dunn, Dr Liam Magee, Dr Liam McGarty, A/Prof Amanda Third, Dr Michael Ungar, Dr Sherene Idriss

Victoria University, Western Sydney University

  • 2022: $77,203
  • 2020: $163,325
  • 2019: $112,204

Supervisions

Associate Supervisor
2020

Samuel Hogan

Thesis entitled: Interfaith Peacebuilding in Regional Australia: Religious Diversity and Its Management in Toowoomba

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Humanities and Social Sciences

2018

Praveena Rajkobal

Thesis entitled: The Sarvodaya Movement: Holistic Development and Risk Governance

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Humanities and Social Sciences