I am a social science academic (trained in human geography) with 7+ years postdoctoral experience in leading universities in Hong Kong, Brunei, and Malaysia. Prior to switching to academia, I was an urban development professional in Singapore.
My work is positioned at the intersection of migration studies and urban studies. I am also interested in postcolonial approaches to these fields.
- My PhD research examined the relationship between British colonial legacies and a culture of migration amongst mobile Malaysians (project blog). My book (2017) based on this project was published by Palgrave Macmillan (under the Migration, Diasporas and Citizenship series).
- During my postdoc at City University of Hong Kong, I worked on an ESRC-RGC HK funded project entitled ‘Alpha-territoriality in Hong Kong and London: The socio-economic implications of transnational real estate investment by the super-rich’. Our edited book (2017) was published by Palgrave Macmillan (under the Contemporary City series).
- During my service as Assistant Professor at the Institute of Asian Studies at Universiti Brunei Darussalam, I worked on 3 projects: cross-border ‘homes’ in Singapore-Johor Bahru and Brunei-Miri, expatriates/foreigners in Brunei, and Bruneian youths and the pursuit of Chinese language.
- I am currently working on 4 projects at various stages of progress: (1) academic expatriates in Malaysia, (2) Chinese university branch campus in Malaysia, (3) the urban spectre of Global China, and (4) lifestyle im/mobilities in the Covid-19 era.
- Migration and mobilities (particularly education migration as a first step to long-term and onward migration; cross-border and transnational family lives)
- Citizenship: differentiated identity, belonging, rights
- Colonial legacies (particularly ethnicity, education, social class)
- Youth, education, and work
- Urbanisation, financialisation, inequality and social change
- Intermediaries and brokers (in relation to migration and urbanisation)
- Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, Hong Kong, China