Kim Le
  • The University of Western Australia (M433), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


Personal profile


As a Research Fellow at The University of Western Australia, I combine design, innovation, and academic rigour to convey social and political impact. I have extensive experience in conducting and leading research projects, publications and workshops on topics like human-centred design, social innovation, creative leadership, and digital transformation since 2017. As a scholar, I find diverse ideological viewpoints in Western and Eastern architecture, art disciplines and culture intriguing, as they enhance our understanding of social and cultural populations in Australia and in the global world. The Australian Government Research Council acknowledged my research in their Excellent Research for Australia (ERA) submission in 2018.

Research interests

I enjoy exploring the traditional inner sentiments of humans as expressed in art and architectural forms across cultures. My exploration revealed the characteristics of symbolic arts to discover the religious conceptions of each ethnicity and to understand the development of how new cultural aesthetics have emerged in societies through their successful establishment of their cultural social and political idealism. The leadership plays a vital and important role in determining the coherence or distruction of a culture or a nation.

My current research aims to examine how intellectual leaders who may be seeking solutions to avoid tense conflicts between internal cultures and intervening cultures - a recuring issue in global history.

I also enjoy collaborating with multidisciplinary teams, and community stakeholders to co-create and implement solutions that address complex social and environmental challenges. My recent achievements include:

  • designing and facilitating a series of workshops on creative problem solving for participants from diverse backgrounds and sections in fostering social change and resilience
  • leading a research project on the impact of digital technologies through cultural changes in the creative industries.

I am passionate about advancing the field design and innovation, and empowering others to develop their creative potential and skills.


The University of Western Australia (UWA) is a leading Australian public research university that is famous for its excellence and impact. As a researcher at this research-intensive public university focusing on academic excellence, I have worked closely with the Chief and the President of the International Common Ground Research Networks (CG) to form a partnership between the CG and the UWA School of Design. In 2021 we created a successful international conference for the Arts in Society and as a result, The UWA School of Design hosted the Sixteenth International Conference on The Arts in Society.

Around two hundred researchers and scholars attended this (online) conference, contributing through their participation and presentations on the focused theme Voices From the Edge. By serving as the chair of this international conference, I could exemplify how my exceptional service, personal skills (phoning, emailing and discussing face to face) and experiences can have a substantial effect on diversity, equity and inclusion at UWA.

The President and The Chief of the Common Ground Research Networks nominated me to be an advisory board member for the Common Ground in the International of the Arts in Society Research Networks in 2023, acknowledging my outstanding institutional service and impactful research contribution.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

External positions

The Arts in Society Research Networks Advisory Board, Common Ground Research Networks

23 Mar 202323 Mar 2030

Research expertise keywords

  • Visual Arts, Aesthetic, Architecture, Culture


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