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 intersections 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). I have a book (2017) based on this project 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 funded project entitled ‘Alpha-territoriality in Hong Kong and London: The socio-economic implications of transnational real estate investment by the super-rich’. We have an edited book (2017) published by Palgrave Macmillan (under the Contemporary City series).
  • I am currently working on 2 projects: cross-border homes in Singapore-Johor Bahru and Brunei-Miri (funded by UBD), and expatriates/foreigners in Brunei (unfunded).

Research interests:

  • 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)
  • Urbanisation, financialisation, inequality and social change
  • Intermediaries and brokers (in relation to migration and urbanisation)
  • Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, Hong Kong, China

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