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.

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)
  • 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

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