I am Assistant Professor of Geography in the Institute of Asian Studies (IAS) at Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) since June 2015. Before this, I was Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Public Policy, City University of Hong Kong. In 2012, I founded Urban Vignettes, a collaborative visual-blog about cities and urban life. From June 2014 to June 2016, I was Field Editor for Diaspora and Migration Studies, Dissertation Reviews.
I completed my PhD in Human Geography and Urban Studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in January 2014. Prior to this, I have 6 years of professional experience in architecture, urban planning and development 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).
- I am currently working on 3 projects: cross-border ‘homes’ in Singapore-Johor Bahru and Brunei-Miri (funded by UBD), expatriates/foreigners in Brunei (unfunded), and Bruneian youths and the pursuit of Chinese language (funded by UBD).
- 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