Concluding my SEAC Directorship

Yesterday marked the end of my five-year directorship of LSE Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre. They were enjoyable, exciting and fulfilling years, and I was fortunate to have met thousands of people on various occasions. The attached blog is a summary reflection on my five years. I set out to make the centre more […]

Chinese edition of Planetary Gentrification

Recently learnt our #Planetary#Gentrification book (Polity Press, 2016) is now out in Simplified Chinese, published by China Architectural Industry Press (中国建筑工业出版社). Yi Jin, my former PhD student and currently based at Nanjing University (Sociology), has kindly secured a few copies for me (see his image attached), and I can’t wait to open them. It’s good […]

New journal special issue on Urbanising Dynamics of Global China

Pleased to see the release of a special issue from Urban Geography, entitled Urbanising Dynamics of Global China. This special issue was co-edited with Yimin Zhao and Sin Yee Koh, and engages with highly interesting cases from Malaysia, India, Ghana and western China. It’s a collection that results from the previous discussions we had at the RC21 conference in Delhi in September 2019.

Covid-19 in Southeast Asia: Insights for a Post-pandemic World (2022, LSE Press)

New publication release in #openaccess: “#COVID19 in #Southeast#Asia: Insights for a Post-Pandemic World”. All chapters and the entire volume can be downloaded free of charge.Excited to see the release of this new edited volume that has been result of hard labour by SEAC colleagues and collaborators during the pandemic.The volume brings together 38 contributors altogether, […]

In memory of Sylvia Chant

Today marks one year since the passing of my dear colleague, Sylvia Chant, who had been my mentor and supporter. Professor of Development Geography, she was an enthusiastic educator, a critical intellect and a kind mentor to a countless number of students and colleagues. I was often jealous of how she was able to place […]


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