Dr Nadiah Binti Ahmad

Research Assistant
School of Arts and Social Sciences

+603 5514 4968
Room 2-6-32


Dr Nadiah Ahmad is a research assistant at the School of Arts and Social Sciences. Her research project looks to uncover gender dimensions along the Nepal-Malaysia migration corridor, as part of the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) South-South Migration, Inequality and Development Hub, funded by the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). She recently completed her PhD at Monash University Malaysia on the efficacy of gender mainstreaming strategies, in the context of Indonesian rural participatory development programs.


Ph.D (International Studies, Monash University Malaysia)
M.A. (International Studies, Universiteit Leiden)
B.A (Hons) (International Studies, Monash University Malaysia)

Research Interests

Nadiah’s research interests include social inequalities and justice; policy processes and impact; Southeast Asian contemporary political histories and governance.

Research Projects 

  1. UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) South-South Migration, Inequality and Development Hub

    The research project is a 12-countries endeavour to uncover various inequalities and development issues related to South-South migration. I am attached to the team which examines the Nepal-Malaysia Corridor, anchored by Dr Yeoh Seng Guan of Monash University Malaysia and Dr Anita Ghimire of the Nepal Institute of Social and Environmental Research (NISER).

  2. Research on Certified Sustainable Palm Oil Production

Along with Dr Joel David Moore, Nadiah is co-investigating the impact voluntary sustainability certifications have on workers’ conditions in the palm oil industry. The grant was awarded by Roundtable of Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).


Over the last several years, Nadiah has ventured into academic tutoring for various arts and social sciences units, as a sessional staff and as a postgraduate student at Monash University Malaysia. These units include Borders, Migration and Identity (AMU2625) and Learning in Higher Education (AMU1018). Nadiah has also guest lectured for Monash University Malaysia Global Immersion Guarantee (GIG) course.

Publications (recent)

Academic Publications:

Ahmad, N (2020) ‘Gender Inequality, Mainstreaming Strategies and Perpetual Liminalities’, Gender and Sexuality Justice in Asia, Springer: Singapore, pp. 3-16.

2012 ‘Examining the Exploitation of Indonesian Domestic Workers in Malaysia: Gender and National Policy Factors’. In Julian Hopkins & Julian C.H Lee (eds) Thinking Through Malaysia: Culture and Identity in the 21st Century, Malaysia: Strategic Information Development Research (SIRD), pp. 109-123.

Non-Academic Publications:

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