Dr Joel David Moore
Senior Lecturer in Global Studies
School of Arts and Social Sciences
Dr. Joel Moore is a Senior Lecturer in Global Studies in the School of Arts and Social Sciences. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science at Emory University in 2011. His recent book, The Varieties of Capitalism in Southeast Asia, examines the impact that structural and institutional factors have in constraining policy makers and shaping economic governance systems in Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore. His research findings have directly influenced World Bank development strategies.
Ph.D. (Political Science, Emory University)
M.A (Political Science, Emory University)
BA (Major:International Studies, University of Washington)
- American Political Science Association, Member
Dr. Moore has an active research agenda as demonstrated by publication in high impact journals and the successful attainment of grants. His research agenda includes work in political economy and Southeast Asian politics. His political economy work broadly considers the impact of political constraints on the coordinative behaviours of workers, investors, and managers in developing countries.
His 2018 book in Palgrave Macmillan’s Political Economy of East Asia series, The Varieties of Capitalism in Southeast Asia, investigates the political origins of distinct varieties of capitalism in contexts that have been under-examined in the existing varieties of capitalism literature. That is, where power is either highly concentrated or excessively diffuse. The framework developed in this book will help policymakers, activists, and multilateral institutions better understand the real political obstacles that can and do prevent them from achieving meaningful economic reforms.
In a paper in the September 2016 issue of World Development, Dr. Moore and his collaborator identify the factors that led two highly similar Thai provinces to experience wildly divergent poverty outcomes. This project, funded by the Singaporean government and the Social and Economic Transformation in Asia research platform, resulted in findings that can offer policymakers and reformers meaningful to more ensure that the benefits of economic growth are felt by the poorest, leading to a more inclusive society. The findings influenced the World Bank’s development agenda for Thailand in 2017
Dr. Moore was invited to share these findings in an online Asian public policy journal, International Public Policy Review.
Dr. Moore was invited to join a multidisciplinary team of scholars as part of a Green Electronics Multidisciplinary Platform Grant. With this funding, he expanded upon earlier research on the impact of political constraints on industrial coordination and upgrading in the Southeast Asian electronics industry. With the data collected, he contributed a chapter, “From Electrons to Photons: Industrial Policy in the Malaysian High-tech Manufacturing Sector after Mahathir,” to an edited volume, Malaysia Post-Mahathir: A Decade of Change. This chapter examined the degree to which implementation of industrial policy was conditioned by subnational variation in political constraints.
He also used data collected in this research to contribute to a multi-author, multidisciplinary article, “Energy and Economic Benefits of LED Adoption in Malaysia,” published in Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews.
Poverty reduction in rural Thailand with Dr. John Donaldson, Singapore Management University
Why does economic growth lead to rapid poverty reduction in some cases but not in others? In this project, we explore the causes of radically different poverty reduction outcomes in two neighboring provinces, despite similarly impressive economic growth.
Small Farmer Upgrading in the Organic Rice Sector with Dr. John Donaldson, Singapore Management University
What role do various stakeholders (e.g. religious groups, environmental NGOs, and social enterprises) have in helping small farmers upgrade into organic agriculture -a potentially more lucrative segment of the global agricultural value chain? In this project, we explore the varied experiences of small farmers groups in Northeast Thailand to develop a typology of functions provided by these stakeholders.
Certified Sustainable Palm Oil Production
Dr Joel Moore is working on several projects related to voluntary standards certification and the Malaysian palm oil industry. He will be exploring the varied communications strategies of segments of environmental transnational activist networks, the factors that facilitate smallholder adoption of sustainable palm oil certification, and the wages paid on palm oil plantations.
Dr. Moore has created scalable active learning experiences for students, as embodied in his practice-based learning units A World in Crisis and Task Force, both of which have become multi-major capstone units.
In the first, students take on discipline-specific roles for real-world organizations facing a multi-week simulated international crisis. The second is an industry-led, project-based unit that allows students to work in multidisciplinary teams, synthesizing their disciplinary perspectives to formulate solutions to complex real-world problems. Both have the demonstrated ability to help students become more enterprising and develop workplace relevant skills.
He has developed technologies to improve the scalability of dynamic, student-led learning approaches and practices. He has shared his approaches broadly through campus talks, education forums, conference presentations, publications, and disciplinary blogs.
2018 "Varieties of Capitalism in Southeast Asia. Political Economy of East Asia Series. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. ISBN: 978-3-319-53699-6.
2015 “Open Source Pathways to Educational Development.” in Fast Forwarding Higher Education Institutions for Global Challenges - Perspectives and Approaches (Springer).
2015 “From Electrons to Photons: Industrial Policy in the Malaysian High-tech Manufacturing Sector after Mahathir.” Book chapter in Malaysia Post Mahathir (Marshall Cavendish). ISBN 9789814677165.
2015 “Open Source Pathways to Educational Development.” Book chapter accepted for publication in Fast Forwarding Higher Education Institutions for Global Challenges – Perspectives and Approaches (Springer). doi:10.1007/978-981-287-603-4.
2015 “From Electrons to Photons: Industrial Policy in the Malaysian High-tech Manufacturing Sector after Mahathir.” Book chapter accepted for publication in Malaysia Post Mahathir. Marshall Cavendish. ISBN-13: 978-9814677165
2016 “Human-Scale Economics: Poverty Reduction in Northeastern Thailand” Co-authored with John Donaldson. World Development. Volume 85, September 2016, Pages 1–15. doi:10.1016/j.worlddev.2016.04.004.
2015 “Energy and Economic Benefits of LED Adoption in Malaysia.” Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews. Volume 49, September 2015, Pages 629–637. doi:10.1016/j.rser.2015.04.112.
2015 “Leading or Following? International Societies, Southeast Asia, and the Issue of Migrant Workers: A Reply to Linda Quayle.” Global Discourse: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Current Affairs and Applied Contemporary Thought. Volume 5, Issue 3, 2015. DOI:10.1080/23269995.2015.1053245.
2017 “Extending Simulations without Becoming Overextended” in Active Learning in Political Science. http://activelearningps.com/
2016 “Trust but verify: assessing student preparation instead of Participation” in Active Learning in Political Science. http://activelearningps.com/
2016 “Human-Scale Economics: Poverty Reduction in Northeastern Thailand.” International Public Policy Review. http://www.ippreview.com/
Moore. Joel. 2018. Faculty of Arts Teaching Fellowship. “Evaluating the effectiveness of Peer Assessment of Group Based Extended Projects.” AUD 9,000.
Moore, Joel. 2017. School of Arts and Social Sciences Research Strength Seed Grant. “The role of extra-market networks in facilitating adoption of voluntary certification standards” RM 10,000.
Moore, Joel; Donaldson, John. 2013. Singapore Management University and supported by Singapore's Ministry of Education's Tier 1 Grant Programme. “Poverty and Economic Growth in Provincial Thailand, a Comparative Study.” RM 62,385.
2017 School of Arts and Social Sciences Research Strength Seed Grant. “The role of extra-market networks in facilitating adoption of voluntary certification standards” RM 10,000
2017 Monash University Malaysia Strategic Education Funding Grant. “Monash University Malaysia Multimedia Studio.” RM 500,000.
2016 Monash University Faculty of Arts Better Teaching Better Learning Grant. “World in Crisis: Materials Development” RM 6,000.
2015 School of Arts and Social Sciences Research Strength Seed Grant. “Local Responses to Global Alternative Commodity Networks.” RM 7,000.
2014 Social and Economic Transformation in Asia Research Grant. “Poverty and Growth in Rural Thailand.” RM 7,500.
2014 Pro-Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. Monash University Malaysia.
2014 Social and Economic Transformation in Asia Education Grant. “Industry and Community Forum Series.” RM 25,950.
2014 Social and Economic Transformation in Asia Education Grant. “ELGG-Server Assisted Blended Learning Simulation.” RM 5,000.
2013 Social and Economic Transformation in Asia Education Grant. “Monash University Community Engagement Fair.” RM 5,000.
2013 Social and Economic Transformation in Asia Education Grant. “Societal Transformation and Governance in Malaysia Student Competition.” RM 5,000.
2013 Social Transformation in Southeast Asia Education Strength Grant. “Documentary Filmmaker in Residence.” RM 23,000.
2012 Green Electronics Multidisciplinary Platform Grant. “Start-up of Centre for Green Electronics.” RM 500,000.
Areas of Research & Supervision
Political Economy, Development, Voluntary Certification Schemes, Industrial Upgrading.
Postgraduate (Monash University)
Tengku Zahaslan Bin Tuan Hashim (with associate supervisor: Professor Helen Nesadurai)
Intersection of Diplomacy and the Intellectual Property Rights in Malaysia
Mehvar Khan (with associate supervisor: Dr Tan Meng Yoe)
Media and Political Attitudes in Malaysia: Fake news and its impact on the political opinions and attitudes of Malaysians
Nadiah Ahmad (with associate supervisor: Professor Helen Nesadurai)
Assessing the efficacy of gender mainstreaming policies
Alessio Fractticcioli (with associate supervisors: Dr Hah Foong Lian (external))
Demonstrations and Communication: A Study of English-Language Newspaper Discourse Pertaining Political Protest in Malaysia and Thailand frames buried in the text.
Adrian Yao Yong Tat (with associate supervisor: Associate Professor Joanne Lim (external))
Heutagogical learning of Malay as a foreign language in a flipped learning approach
Choong Pui Yee (with main supervisor: Associate Professor Marco Bunte)
The anatomy of Christian mobilisation in Malaysia: Factors, implications and possibilities
- 2017 Pro-Vice Chancellor’s Outstanding Educator Award. Monash University Malaysia.
- 2014 Pro-Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. Monash University Malaysia.