Dr Kim Lam



Postdoctoral Research Fellow


Faculty of Arts and Education


Alfred Deakin Institute


Melbourne Burwood Campus


+61 3 924 46983


Kim Lam is an Associate Research Fellow at the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation. She is also Research Coordinator for the Centre for Resilient and Inclusive Societies, based in the Youth, Diversity and Wellbeing in a Digital Age Stream. 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, social cohesion and youth well-being.

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

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Steering Committee Member - American Academy of Religion Buddhism in the West Unit

Women's Caucus Representative - The Australian Association for the Study of Religion

Academic Representative - Sakyadhita Australia

The Australian Sociological Association

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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Young Buddhists in Australia: Negotiating Transnational Flows

Kim Lam

(2021), pp. 268-276, Routledge International Handbook of Religion in Global Society, London, Eng., B1

book chapter

Beyond (mis)-recognition: Muslim youth and religiosity in Australia

K Lam, F Mansouri

(2021), Vol. 24, pp. 765-780, Journal of Youth Studies, C1

journal article

Introduction: The new "defenders": Youthful articulations of buddhism in a contemporary age

K Lam

(2021), Vol. 22, pp. 263-272, Journal of Global Buddhism, Luzern, Switzerland, C1

journal article

Enhancing digital capacity amongst diverse youth

Kim Lam, Anita Harris

(2021), Geelong, Vic., A6

research report/technical paper

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

A Harris, K Lam

(2019), Vol. 70, pp. 627-646, British Journal of Sociology, England, C1

journal article

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, C1

journal article

Young Buddhists and the Cosmopolitan Irony of Belonging in Multicultural Australia

K Lam

(2019), Vol. 40, pp. 720-735, Journal of Intercultural Studies, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

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

K Lam

(2018), Vol. 21, pp. 853-868, Journal of Youth Studies, C1

journal article

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

book chapter

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

Funded Projects at Deakin

Other Public Sector Funding

Understanding and Enhancing Digital Participation amongst Young People from Refugee and Migrant Backgrounds

Prof Anita Harris, Dr Kim Lam, Dr Sherene Idriss, A/Prof Amanda Third, Dr Philippa Collin

VicHealth Impact Research Grant

  • 2023: $10,000
  • 2022: $25,561
  • 2021: $90,000


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