Staff research expertise

Academic staff draw on their disciplinary backgrounds to explore various aspects of social transformation in Southeast Asia, working collaboratively within the School and externally with scholars based in Malaysia and internationally. While this work often crosses disciplinary boundaries and addresses cross-cutting themes, there is usually a primary focal point located within the School’s four research clusters.

Communication, Media and Policy

This cluster explores shifts in technology and media and their impact on everyday communication and consumption, education delivery, learning and teaching, as well as the political and social possibilities and limitations of these changes.

Dr Tan Meng Yoe, Lecturer in Communication
Research areas: Online religion; digital cultures; Malaysian Christianity.

Mr Callum Gilmour, Assistant Lecturer in Media Studies and Communications
Research areas: Screen media; sociology of sport; identity in sport.

Dr Melissa Wong Yuet Fun, Assistant Lecturer & Coordinator for Diploma of Higher Education Studies
Research areas: Higher education values, policies and practices; ways of knowing; learners and learning; the internationalisation of higher education; formation of learning habits.

Associate Professor Emma Baulch, Associate Professor of Communication and Media Studies
Research areas: Digital media, popular music, popular culture, Southeast Asia, Indonesia.

Dr Susan Leong, Senior Lecturer in Digital Media and Communication
Research areas: Digital media in Asia, diaspora, migration and new media, nations, social imaginaries, internet governance

Dr Rizwanah Souket Ali, Lecturer in Public Relations
Research areas: PR History, Colonial history, PR Campaign, Crisis Management, Political Communication, Media Effects, Third Person Effect and Communication Theories.

Culture, Religion and Gender

This cluster focuses on how people and communities negotiate cultural, religious and gender diversity and examines the social and political implications of the interaction or collision of cultures that results from the shrinking of social space.

Associate Professor Sharon A Bong, Associate Professor of Gender Studies
Research areas: Feminist standpoint epistemologies; rights & sexualities in religions; qualitative researching & analyses using ATLAS.ti

Associate Professor Yeoh Seng Guan, Associate Professor in Social Anthropology
Research areas: Anthropologies of the city; media, religion, and gender; cosmopolitanisms; civil society & subaltern agencies; visual ethnography.

Dr Joseph N. Goh, Lecturer in Gender Studies
Research areas: Gender and sexuality; queer and LGBTI studies; human rights and sexual health issues; theological and religious studies; qualitative research.

Dr Ting Fai Yu, Lecturer in Gender Studies
Research areas: Gender, sexuality and queer studies; critical Asian studies; cultural studies of class and social inequality

Literature, Cinema and Society

Scholars in this cluster explore the aesthetic, cultural, economic, narrative and political dimensions of literature, cinema and other screen media.

Associate Professor Andrew Ng Hock Soon, Associate Professor of Literature
Research areas: Gothic and horror literature and film; postmodern narratives; Asian literatures and critical theory.

Dr Jonathan Driskell, Senior Lecturer in Film, Television and Screen Studies
Research areas: Film history, authorship, star studies, the representation of gender in film, French cinema and Southeast Asian cinema (especially the Malay cinema of the 1950s-1960s).

Dr Ana Grgic, Lecturer in Film, Television and Screen Studies
Research areas: Film history, archives and film preservation, affect and embodiment in film, memory and cinema, the representation of national identity in film, East European and Balkan cinema.

Mr Callum Gilmour, Assistant Lecturer in Media Studies and Communications
Research areas: Screen media; sociology of sport; identity in sport.

Politics, Development and Governance

Scholars in this cluster consider how the nexus between politics, development, and governance plays out in Southeast Asia, a region caught between a globalising world and local networks of power and privilege, exploring also the impact of these domestic and regional shifts on Southeast Asia’s international relations.

Professor Helen E S Nesadurai, Professor of International Political Economy
Research areas: Globalization and its governance; regional and transnational governance; ASEAN; Asia-Pacific regionalism.

Dr Joel David Moore, Senior Lecturer in Global Studies
Research areas: Political economy; Southeast Asian politics.

Dr Nicholas Chan Wai Kit, Lecturer in Global Studies
Research areas: Global environmental governance (climate change and oceans politics); regionalism; Global South in international relations.

Dr Marek Rutkowski, Lecturer in Global Studies
Research areas: History of international relations, Cold War and decolonization in Asia, multilateralism and peacekeeping, development and nation-building.

Dr Koh Sin Yee,  Senior Lecturer in Global Studies
Research areas: Migration and mobilities; Citizenship: differentiated identity, belonging, rights; Colonial legacies; Youth, education, and work; Urbanisation, inequality and social change; Intermediaries and brokers.