Kim is currently leading research on the role of ideologies and beliefs in areas of conflict, risk and insecurity. At Lancaster, she teaches about religion and other ideologies in public life, and on the relationship between the religion and the secular. She has published recent books on migration and diasporas, and on how the British media represent religion, atheism and secularism.
Her book Hinduism: A Very Short Introduction is widely used by university and school students. From 2005-11, she directed a national research programme on ‘Diasporas, Migration and Identities’ for the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and as part of that produced a website for young people and teachers of Global Education, Citizenship Education, History and Geography called Moving People, Changing Places.
Many years ago Kim went to a comprehensive school in Bristol where she was Chair of Debating. In honour of this she spent her woodwork lessons making a gavel which she used to keep order in debates. Skills learnt then have been put to good use since in university lecturing and chairing meetings.
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"Although 'battle' suggests destruction, these were some of the most constructive debates I've taken part in. This was civilised conflict in the best sense of both words."
Julian Baggini, author, Welcome to Everytown: A Journey into the English Mind, and The Ego Trick