A/Prof. Anna Halafoff



Associate Professor of Sociology


Faculty of Arts and Education


SHSS Arts & Ed


Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus


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


+61 3 924 43981


Dr. Anna Halafoff is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology and a member of the Alfed Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation at Deakin University. She is also a Research Associate of the UNESCO Chair in Interreligious and Intercultural Relations – Asia Pacific at Monash University and of Canada’s Religion and Diversity Project. In 2011, Anna was named a United Nations Alliance of Civilizations' Global Expert in the fields of multifaith relations, and religion and peacebuilding. Anna’s current research interests include: religious diversity; cosmopolitanism and anti-cosmopolitanism; interreligious relations; countering violent extremism; education about religions and worldviews; Buddhism and gender; and Buddhism in Australia. Previously, Anna was a lecturer at the School of Political and Social Inquiry, and a researcher for the Global Terrorism Research Centre, at Monash University (2005-2012).

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Research interests

Annas current research interests include: intercultural and
interreligious relations; cosmopolitanism; multiculturalism;
countering violent extremism; education about religions and
beliefs; gender and Buddhism; and Buddhism in Australia.


UN Alliance of Civilizations Global Expert
Research Associate, Religion and Diversity Project, University of Ottawa
Research Associate, UNESCO Chair Interreligious and Intercultural Relations – Asia-Pacific


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Women and ultramodern Buddhism in Australia

A Halafoff, J Garrod, L Gobey

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


Sacred places and sustainable development

A Halafoff, M Clarke

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


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


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


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


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

M Clarke, A Halafoff

(2017), London, Eng., A1


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


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


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


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


Sakyadhita International: gender equity in ultramodern Buddhism

A Halafoff, P Rajkobal

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


Spirituality, religion and youth: an introduction

D Ezzy, A Halafoff

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


Multifaith Responses to Global Risks

A Halafoff

(2015), pp. 2965-2982, Changing world religion map, Berlin, Germany, B1


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


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


Multifaith societies: editorial introduction

A Halafoff, P Hedges

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


Globalisation and multifaith societies

A Halafoff, P Hedges

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


Sociology of religion in Australia

G Bouma, D Ezzy, A Halafoff, A Possamai

(2015), Vol. 25, pp. 377-403, Sociologies of religion: national traditions, Lieden, The Netherlands, B1


Religion and contemporary society

A Halafoff

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


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


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


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


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


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


The multifaith movement : global risks and cosmopolitan solutions

A Halafoff

(2013), Dordrecht, The Netherlands, A1


Encounter as conflict : interfaith peace-building

A Halafoff

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


Building community resilience

A Halafoff

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


L'interreligieux en Australie

A Halafoff

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


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


[In]visibility of women in Buddhism in Australia

A Halafoff

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


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


Muslim participation in multifaith initiatives in Victoria

A Halafoff

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


Multifaith initiatives in Victoria

A Halafoff

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


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


Venerable Robina Courtin : an unconventional Buddhist?

A Halafoff

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


UnAustralian values

A Halafoff

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


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


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, A/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: $44,406
  • 2018: $38,040

Other Public Sector Funding

Buddhism in Victoria ref:01341-0

Mr Petr Svoboda, A/Prof Anna Halafoff

  • 2014: $6,000

Views of Prison Chaplaincy among Buddhist Organisations in Victoria

A/Prof Anna Halafoff, Dr Edwin Ng

  • 2014: $2,400

Centre of Excellence on Resilient Communities and Inclusive Societies (CERCIS)

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

  • 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

  • 2014: $50,000
  • 2012: $50,000

Buddhist Life Stories of Australia

A/Prof Anna Halafoff

  • 2014: $10,323


Associate Supervisor

Praveena Rajkobal

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

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Humanities and Social Sciences