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London WC2A 2AE


Sin Yee Koh

PhD candidate in Human Geography and Urban Studies


Sin Yee holds an MSc in Contemporary Urbanism (with Distinction) from the LSE. Her previous career in architecture and urban development follows her BA (Architecture) and Master of Architecture from the National University of Singapore (NUS).

Prior to her PhD research, she has worked in both the public and private sectors in Singapore. At the LSE, she founded Urban Vignettes, a collaborative visual-blog capturing how people experience and engage with city life. As a Graduate Teaching Assistant, she has taught GY302 Urban Development: Politics, Policy and Planning, focusing on East Asia, for three academic years.

Research Interests

  • Citizenship (identity, belonging, membership)
  • Transnational migration
  • Geographies of knowing
  • Habitus, structure and agency
  • Colonialism and legacies (particularly ethnicity, education, social class)
  • Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea

Sin Yee's doctoral project examines the relationship between British colonial legacies and the culture of migration in Malaysia. In particular, she focuses on tertiary-educated, professional Malaysian migrants in London, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, in terms of their citizenship and migration decisions. The research draws from archival materials and in-depth interviews, and is supported by the Robert and Dilys Rawson Scholarship.

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