Principal Investigator (Mar 2016 – Jun 2018)
Project title: Past and Present Expatriates in Brunei: A Pilot Study
In the existing literature in migration studies and human geography, expatriates have been understood and theorised as global nomads and flexible skilled workers who live transnationally. Expatriates’ transnational lifestyles come with positive and negative consequences: while their sojourns may facilitate knowledge mobility and cultural exchange, living transnationally may bring challenges to their family relationships and career trajectories. This qualitative pilot study contributes to this body of work by examining the cases of expatriates in Brunei. In particular, it explores the relocation motivations and experiences of recent and long-term expatriates in Brunei, and analyses these in relation to possible contributing factors.
Publications and other outputs from this project
- Koh, S.Y. (2020) Disrupted Geographic Arbitrage and Differential Capacities of Coping in Later-Life: Anglo-Western Teacher Expatriates in Brunei. International Migration Review.
Conference papers & presentations
- Koh, S.Y. (2018) Expatriates in Brunei and Their Circuits of Multinational Migrations: Reflections on “Elite” Migration. Multinational Migrations: Onward Migration Patterns and Possibilities in Asia and Beyond. Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore, 27–28 Sept