Dr Kim Lam



Associate Research Fellow


Faculty of Arts and Education


Alfred Deakin Institute


Melbourne Burwood Campus


+61 3 924 46983


Kim Lam is an Associate Research Fellow for the UNESCO Chair for Cultural Diversity and Social Justice at the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation. She has a background in Sociology of Religion, Buddhist Studies and Youth Studies. Her work focuses on changing patterns of diversity and their impact on religious belonging, identity and participation. Currently she is working on a range of projects relating to religious youth, migrant youth, social cohesion and youth well-being.

She completed her PhD in Sociology in 2017 at Monash University, titled ‘Disindividualisation: theorising the religious identity negotiations of young Australian Buddhist practitioners’. Her thesis focused on the tensions and ambiguities of negotiating Buddhist teachings of non-self, impermanence and interdependence in a de-traditionalised, neo-liberal and multicultural context.

Her research interests include: youth religiosity, lived/everyday religion, Buddhist studies, religious identity, the racialisation of religion, shifts in religious authority, multiculturalism, cosmopolitanism, secularism, social cohesion, and the role of religion in social change.

Kim is a Steering Committee Member for the American Academy of Religion Buddhism in the West Unit (2019-2024). She has been employed at several Australian universities in unit coordination, lecturing, tutoring, research assistant and editorial roles.

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American Academy of Religion Buddhism in the West Unit

The Australian Sociological Association

The Australian Association for the Study of Religion

Association for the Sociology of Religion

Asian Australian Studies Research Network


Australian Postgraduate Award (2013-2015)
Monash University Faculty of Arts Top-Up Award for Highly Ranked Australian Postgraduate Award Applicants (2013-15)
Monash University SPS Graduate Symposium Best Paper Prize (2015)
Monash University Ann Edwards Prize for Best Sociology Honours Thesis (2010)


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Youth participation in 'post-secular' times: young Muslim and Buddhist practitioners as religious citizens

Anita Harris, Kim Lam

(2019), Vol. 70, pp. 627-646, British journal of sociology, Chichester, Eng., C1


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


Self-work and social change: disindividualised participation amongst young Australian Buddhist practitioners

K Lam

(2018), Vol. 21, pp. 853-868, Journal of youth studies, Abingdon, Eng., C1


Disindividualisation: religious identity negotiation amongst young Australian Buddhist rractitioners

K Lam

(2016), pp. 192-197, TASA 2016 : Cities and successful societies : Refereed Proceedings, Australian Catholic University, Melbourne, E1-1


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


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


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