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SEAC Director speaks at final Plenary of UCL Urban Frontiers Conference

On 13th November, SEAC Director Prof. Hyun Bang Shin spoke at the concluding Plenary of the three-day UCL conference entitled, "At the frontiers of the urban: thinking concepts and practices globally", 

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New ECR Network member Charles Dunst publishes article in Foreign Policy 

New LSE-Southeast Asia ECR Network member Charles Dunst has published an article in Foreign Policy on Cambodia's strained and complex relations with major powers.

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SEAC Director Prof Hyun Bang Shin gives introductory lecture at the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research public lecture series. 

On 8th November 2019, SEAC Director Prof Hyun Bang Shin gave his introductory public lecture at the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research (IJURR) public lecture series at University College London. The talk was entitled "The political economy of (neo-) developmental urbanisation: reflections on Asian urbanism". 

In May 2019, Hyun was invited to join the editorial board of the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research

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SEAC hosts Southeast Asia Discussion Seires on social media and politics in Southeast Asia with Dr Merlyna Lim

On 7th November, SEAC hosted the talk "Algorithmic Enclaves: Social Media and Politics in Southeast Asia", part of its Southeast Asia discussion Series. The guest speaker was Dr Merlyna Lim, Senior Visiting Fellow at SEAC, and it was chaired by SEAC Director Prof Hyun Bang Shin. 


SEAC Associate Dr Sin Yee Koh's book included in LSE Review of Books list

SEAC Associate Dr Sin Yee Koh's book, entitled "Race, Education and Citizenship: Mobile Malaysians, British Colonial Legacies and a Culture of Migration", has been featured in the LSE Review of Books list of 15 recommended books on histories of imperialism.


SEAC Director Prof Hyun Bang Shin participates in BA roundtable on Theorising Urban Violence

On 30th October 2019, Prof Hyun Bang Shin, Centre Director, participated in the British Academy expert roundtable on Theorising Urban Violence, which took place at the British Academy. The expert roundtable was chaired by Professor Ash Amin, Fellow of the British Academy and Head of the Department of Geography at the University of Cambridge.


SEAC Associate Dr Thomas Smith to take part in LSE Research Showcase 2019

On 19th November, SEAC Associate Dr Thomas Smith (Department of Geography and Environment, LSE) will present his work on palm oil agricultre's environmetal impact in Southeast Asia at the 2019 edition of LSE Research Showcase

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Dr Do Young Oh joins SEAC as Research Officer

Dr Do Young Oh has joined the Centre as Research Officer on the new SEAC research project ‘Asian Capital and the Rise of Smart Urbanism’. 

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SEAC hosts Southest Asia Forum 2019

On 29th October, SEAC hosted its annual flagship event in the LSE Shaw Library, which revolved around the key research themes of SEAC (urbanisation, connectivity, and governance) while engaging with contemporary affairs in Southeast Asia. 


SEAC hosts first Southeast Asia Discussion Series seminar of the academic year on land sharing in Thailand and Cambodia

On 17th October 2019, SEAC hosted the first Southeast Asia Discussion Series seminar of the academic year, with guest speaker Dr. Paul Rabé (Senior Expert, Urban Land Governance, IHS and coordinator of the Urban Knowledge Network Asia (UKNA), International Institute for Asian Studies) who spoke on the topic of land sharing in Cambodia and Thailand. The event was chaired by SEAC Director Prof Hyun Bang Shin.

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New LSE MSc in International and Asian History led by SEAC Associate Dr Kristen Schulze 

SEAC Associate Dr Kristen Schulze is the Programme Director of the MSc International and Asian History, a new degree part of the LSE Department of International History, starting in October 2020. 


ECR network member Ahmad Rizky M. Umar publishes article and book chapter

ECR Network member Ahmad Rizky M. Umar has just published an article in the journal "Asian Politics and Policy” on the Bandung Conference and a book chapter on Indonesian foreign policy reforms under Soeharto.

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Prof. John Sidel chairs LSE Student Union talk on human trafficking in Vietnam

On 8th October, SEAC Associate Prof. John Sidel (Department of Government, LSE), Chaired an event hosted by the LSESU United Nations Society with guest speaker Michael Brosowski, CEO of Blue Dragon Children's Foundation, about the NGO's experiences with trafficking in Vietnam.


Centre Associate Dr Catalina Ortiz participates at 2019 world Human Rights Cities Forum

New Centre Associate Dr Catalina Ortiz participated to the 2019 edition of the World Human Rights Cities Forum in Gwangju, Korea, from 30th September to 3rd October, as part of the Special Session on the Right to Housing in Asia.

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SEAC Director welcomes Prof Ralf Emmers 

On 8th October 2019, SEAC welcomed Prof. Ralf Emmers (Dean of S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies  and President’s Chair in International Relations, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore) to discuss potential research collaborations.

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SEAC hosts ECR Network Event "South-South itineraries: alternative routes for mutual learning between Latin America and Southeast Asia"

On 1st October 2019, SEAC hosted an ECR Network Event as part of the Decolonising the LSE Week, bringing together scholars from Latin America and Southeast Asia whose research is rooted in such effort of theorizing “from the South”, addressing the structural power inequalities of knowledge production that tend to exclude the contributions produced by scholars working "in the South", which are often ignored or lost in translation. The event was chaired by SEAC Director Prof Hyun Bang Shin. 


New SEAC UK-wide Postgraduate Dissertation Prize

SEAC is excited to announce a new nationwide annual prize for postgraduate dissertations relating to Southeast Asia, to showcase the best of postgraduate research among students in the UK. The winner is to be awarded a prize of £200, and will be offered the opportunity to convert and publish the dissertation as a SEAC Working Paper.

Further details including eligibility criteria, guidelines and the application form can be found here.

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SEAC Director Prof Hyun Bang Shin gives Keynote talk at 3rd Conference of Korean PhD Students and Researchers in the UK

On 28th September, SEAC Director Prof Hyun Bang Shin gave the keynote talk, entitled “Gentrification, Anti-Gentrification and Researcher Responsibilities”, at the 3rd Conference of Korean PhD Students and Researchers in the UK.


SEAC Director Prof Hyun Bang Shin is cited in French magazine article

SEAC Director Prof Hyun Bang Shin was cited in the article "Songdo, la « ville du futur » face à ses contradictions" by Pablo Maillé in French magazine Usbek & Rica

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ECR Network member Dr May Ngo speaks at "Rethinking the Cold War in Asia" Conference, Czech Academy of Sciences

On 30th September, ECR Network member Dr May Ngo  (Cezch Academy of Sciences) gave a talk at the "Rethinking the Cold War in Asia: experiences, perspectives, concepts" conference at the Czech Academy of Sciences.  

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New applications round for SEAC Stipendiary Visiting Researcher scheme

SEAC is pleased to announce the next round of applications for its Stipendiary Visiting Researcher scheme, for visits taking place between February 2020 and December 2020.

Further details including eligibility criteria, guidelines and the application form can be found here.


SEAC Expands Centre Associates 

In September 2019, SEAC added 11 new Associates, 8 of whom are external to the LSE. The full list of 19 SEAC Associates can be found here.

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New article on moral disruption in Indonesia's confucianist revival published by Dr Nicholas Long

Dr Nicholas Long (Department of Anthropology, LSE) has published an article entitled, "Straightening What’s Crooked’? Recognition as Moral Disruption in Indonesia’s Confucianist Revival” in Anthropological Forum.


SEAC Michaelmas Term 2019/20 Events Leaflet

SEAC is pleased to announce the upcoming term’s schedule of events, which can be seen in our new termly Events Leaflet.

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SEAC Director Summer's Outreach in Asia - the blog

SEAC Director Prof. Hyun Bang Shin travelled across Asia last summer. His engagements included field research for the British Academy-funded project "The Urban Spectre of Global China"; teaching at the LSE-PKU Summer School in Beijing and various speaking engagements.

Discover more about his engagements in the new SEAC Director Activities' blog.

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SEAC ECR Network member Mr Mara Nogueira speaks at RC21 Conference in Delhi

On 21st September, LSE-Southeast Asia ECR Network member Dr Mara Nogueira (Department of Geography & Environment, LSE) spoke on "Work, housing and the right to the city in Belo Horizonte/Brazil" at the RC21 Conference in Delhi. 


ECR Network member Rob Cole co-authors article in Southeast Asian Studies

LSE-Southeast Asia Early Career Researcher Network member Rob Cole (National University Singapore) has just co-authored an article in Kyoto CSEAS journal 'Southeast Asian Studies', entitled "Local Agency in Development, Market, and Forest Conservation Interventions in Laos PDR’s Northern Uplands".


SEAC to welcome Visiting Senior Fellow, Dr Merlyna Lim

SEAC is pleased to announce that Dr Merlyna Lim, Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Digital Media and Global Network Society, Carleton University, will be joining the Centre as Visiting Senior Fellow from 21st October – 1st December 2019. Dr Lim’s research will focus on social media and politics in Southeast Asia.

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New article on alternative medicine, minimality, and ethics in an Indonesian healing collective by Dr Nicholas Long 

Dr Nicholas Long (Department of Anthropology, LSE) has published an article entitled, " “Accept and Utilize”: Alternative Medicine, Minimality, and Ethics in an Indonesian Healing Collective" in Medical Anthropology Quarterly. 

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SEAC Director presents lecture on enclave urbanism in Vietnam at National University of Singapore

On 12th September 2019, SEAC Director Prof. Hyun Bang Shin gave a talk at the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore, entitled “Urbanisation of (East Asian) Capital, and the Rise of Enclave Urbanism in Vietnam”. 


Upcoming SEAC Event for ‘Decolonise the LSE’ Week: South-South itineraries: alternative routes for mutual learning between Latin America and Southeast Asia

On 1st October, as part of #DecolonisingLSE Week, SEAC is hosting an event chaired by SEAC Director Hyun Bang Shin exploring mutual learning opportunities between Latin America and Southeast Asia.

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New articles by Dr Jürgen Haacke published in International Relations of the Asia Pacific

 Dr Jürgen Haacke (Department of International Relations and former SEAC Director, LSE) has published an article entitled, “The concept of hedging and its application to Southeast Asia: a critique and a proposal for a modified conceptual and methodological framework” along with the introduction co-authored with Dr John Ciorciari (Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan), “Hedging in international relations: an introduction” for the International Relations of the Asia Pacific special issue on hedging in international relations. This special issue arose from a 2017 SEAC-supported Workshop.

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LSE Southeast Asia Forum 2019

The 2019 LSE Southeast Asia Forum, SEAC's flagship annual conference, will take place in the beautiful LSE Shaw Library on 29th October. Further details will be announced in the coming weeks.

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SEAC 2018/19 Annual Report published

SEAC's latest Annual Report is now available to view online.


New article by SEAC Director published in Annals of the American Association of Geographers

SEAC Director Prof. Hyun Bang Shin has co-authored a paper with Dr Jung Won Sonn (Bartlett School of Planning, UCL) entitled, “Contextualizing Accumulation by Dispossession: The State and High-Rise Apartment Clusters in Gangnam, Seoul”, published in the latest issue of the Annals of the American Association of Geographers

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SEAC appoints new Graduate Intern for Communications and Events

We are pleased to announce that Margherita Scalisi has joined the Centre as Graduate Intern, Communications and Events from 2nd September 2019.





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SEAC Research Fund award for project on national forest policy in Papua

Prof. Tim Forsyth (Department of International Development, LSE) and Prof. Gill Shepherd (Visiting Professor in the Department of Anthropology, LSE) have been awarded £7,500 from the SEAC Research Fund, for a project beginning in January 2020 entitled, "Strengthening Landscape Governance: comparing institutional designs under rapid change in Papua, Indonesia".

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SEAC awarded LSE Kuwait Programme Research Grant

SEAC has been awarded a research grant from the LSE Middle East Centre's Kuwait Programme, to kick-start a new project that comparatively examines smart urbanism and new city construction in the Middle East and Southeast Asia. More information can be found here.

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SEAC Director speaks at ICAS 11 conference at the University of Leiden

Between 16-19 July, SEAC Director Prof. Hyun Bang Shin spoke at the 11th International Convention of Asia Scholars held at the University of Leiden.  This included acting as Chair of the "Neighbourhoods and Cities in Asia I: External Links" session, and as panellist for the Academic Freedom Space session entitled, "Southeast and East Asia: What Room for Free Discussion?".

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Southeat Asia Discussion Series: Post-Election Thailand

On 11th July, SEAC hosted a packed-theatre discussion panel, "Post-Election Thailand: Reflections and Looking Forward", with speakers Dr Petra Desatova (University of Leeds), Mr Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit (Future Forward Party), Prof. Duncan McCargo (University of Copenhagen) and Ms Pannika Wanich (Future Forward Party).


SEAC Director speaks at Politecnico di Torino

On 9th July, SEAC Director Prof. Hyun Bang Shin gave a lecture entitled, "Coping with Crisis in Developmental Urbanization: The Case of Songdo City, South Korea" at the Politecnico di Torino, Italy.

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Article on child statelessness in East Malaysian state of Sabah published by Dr Catherine Allerton 

Dr Catherine Allerton (Department of Anthropology, LSE) has published an article entitled, "Paradoxes in Child Statelessness in Sabah" in Allegra Lab.

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SEAC Student Dissertation Fieldwork Grant awardees 

Congratulations to the 2018/19 awardees for SEAC's new LSE Student Dissertation Fieldwork Grant scheme:

- Tiffany Bennett | MSc Development Management | Field site: Cambodia
- Lazarus Chok | BA Geography | Field site: Singapore
- Ming Kit Lim | MSc Public Administration and Government | Field site: Singapore
- Rio Grace Otara | MSc Gender, Development and Globalisation | Field site: Philippines
- Katie Parkinson | MSc International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies | Field site: Thailand

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SEAC welcomes urban scholar from Saitama University 

On 26th June, SEAC Director Prof. Hyun Bang Shin met with Dr Tamaki Endo, Associate Professor in Asian Economy and Thai Studies at Saitama University, to discuss future collaborations.

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SEAC supports re-launch of LSE Field Research Methods Lab

SEAC has helped re-launch and re-design the LSE Field Research Methods Lab, an LSE Blog platform for researchers to share experiences of hands-on field research. The SEAC-supported platform is to be one of the main media outlets for disseminating field research experiences, and is now live and accepting contributions from both established and early career researchers. 


SEAC Kickoff Workshop: "The Urban Spectre of Global China"

On 19th June, SEAC hosted a workshop, chaired by Director Prof. Hyun Bang Shin, for the Centre's new British Academy-funded project entitled, ""The Urban Spectre of Global China: Mechanisms, Consequences, and Alternatives for Urban Futures". The workshop was led by Principal Investigator Prof. Hyun Bang Shin and Co-Investigators Dr Sin Yee Koh (University of Monash Malaysia) and Dr Yimin Zhao (Renmin University of China).

The workshop enjoyed some excellent additional insights from guest expert panellists Prof. Scott Lash (City University Hong Kong), Dr Charlotte Goodburn (KCL), Prof. Ian Gordon (LSE) & Prof. Jennifer Robinson (UCL).

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SEAC welcomes visitors from the Chinese Academy of Social Science

On 18th June, SEAC Director Prof. Hyun Bang Shin met with representatives from the National Institute of International Strategy at the Chinese Academy of Social Science, the Director of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies Prof. Xu Liping, the Head of the Department of Major Power Relations Prof. Zhong Feiteng, and CASS Senior Fellow Mr Huang Yongguang.


ECR Network member Shona Loong publishes article in Political Geography

LSE-Southeast Asia Early Career Researcher Network member Shona Loong (School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford) has just published an article in the journal Political Geography, entitled, "The neoliberal borderscape: Neoliberalism's effects on the social worlds of migrants along the Thai-Myanmar border". 

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SEAC welcomes incoming British High Commissioner to Singapore

On 14th June, SEAC Director Prof. Hyun Bang Shin met with Her Excellency Ms Kara Owen, the incoming British High Commissioner to Singapore, and explored potential avenues for SEAC’s and LSE's future work in, and engagement with, the country.


SEAC Student Dissertation Fieldwork Grant Awardees announced

On 14th June, SEAC officially announced the 2018/19 awardees for its new Student Dissertation Fieldwork Grant scheme, for LSE students undertaking field research in Cambodia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. 

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SEAC welcomes Executive Director of Rujak Center for Urban Studies

On 13th June, SEAC Director Prof. Hyun Bang Shin met with Elisa Sutanudjaja, Executive Director of the Jakarta-based think-tank, the Rujak Center for Urban Studies, to discuss potential collaborations.

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Co-Investigators for 'The Urban Spectre of Global China' project arrive at SEAC

In June 2019, Dr Sin Yee Koh (Senior Lecturer in Global Studies, School of Arts and Social Sciences, Monash University Malaysia) and Dr Yimin Zhao (ssistant Professor in Urban Planning and Management, School of Public Administration and Policy, Renmin University of China) are visiting SEAC as part of their research investigation for the Centre's project entitled, "The Urban Spectre of Global China: mechanisms, consequences and alternatives for urban futures", with Prof. Hyun Bang Shin, the project's Principal Investigator.


SEAC welcomes Dean of Social and Political Sciences from Universitas Indonesia

On 13th June, SEAC Director Prof. Hyun Bang Shin met with Dr Arie Setiabudi Soesilo, Dean of the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences at Universitas Indonesia, to discuss potential research collaborations with the LSE.

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ECR Network member Dr Marion Sabrié publishes articles in Moussons theme issue

LSE-Southeast Asia Early Career Researcher Network member Dr Marion Sabrié (University of Rouen Normandy) has published 2 articles in Moussons' recent theme issue, “Challenges and Resilience in Myanmar’s Urbanization. A Special Issue on Yangon”, which she co-directed with Dr Maaike Matelski (Radboud University).


ECR Network member Cleve Arguelles publishes book review in Asian Politics and Policy

LSE-Southeast Asia Early Career Researcher Network member Cleve Arguelles (PhD Candidate, Department of Political and Social Change, Australian National University) has published a book review of 'Populism in Southeast Asia' by Paul D. Kenny in the journal Asian Politics and Policy

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SEAC SEADS Seminar on the Red River Development project in Hanoi

On 6th June, SEAC hosted a Southeast Asia Discussion Series seminar entitled, "Situating Planners’ Everyday Life: Personal Memoir of International Planning Fieldwork for the Red River Development Project in Hanoi, Vietnam". The seminar was led by ECR Network member Sujee Jung (Rutgers University) with Discussant Dr Catalina Ortiz (UCL) and Chair and SEAC Director Prof. Hyun Bang Shin.


Book review of "Developmentalist cities? Interrogating urban developmentalism in East Asia" published by Dr Do Young Oh

Former SEAC Centre Coordinator Dr Do Young Oh has just published a book review of "Developmentalist cities? Interrogating urban developmentalism in East Asia", edited by Jamie Doucette and Bae-Gyoon Park, which can be read in the latest issue of Urban Geography.


ECR Network Member Dr Geetha Reddy featured in New Scientist Netherlands

LSE-Southeast Asia Early Career Researcher Network member Dr Geetha Reddy (Department of Sociology, University of Groningen) has been interviewed for New Scientist Netherlands on the topic of multiculturalism and identity, with reference to her research in Singapore and Malaysia. Dr Reddy also wrote the Foreword for this issue which can be read here.

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Former SEAC Centre Coordinator presents at LSE Entrepreneur of the Year Competition

On 4th June, Dr Do Young Oh presented at the LSE’s 2019 Entrepreneur of the Year Competition on the Urban Experiment project with Dr Pablo Navarette (PhD Graduate, Department of Geography and Environment, LSE). The project uses innovative participatory design techniques to provide solutions to public bodies and private enterprises making urban development decisions to promote the public good.


ECR Network Member Dr Sokphea Young publishes article in The Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs

LSE-SoutheastAsia Early Career Researcher Network member Dr Sokphea Young (Dept. of Anthropology, UCL) has just published an article in the Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs, on how grassroots movements and NGOs in Cambodia endeavour to hold government and foreign corporations accountable for the actions they have taken which have contributed to environmental degradation in Cambodia.


SEAC Director invited to speak at ASEAN Emerging Researchers Conference

SEAC Director Prof. Hyun Bang Shin will be a Panellist at the ASEAN Emerging Researchers Conference taking place in Cambridge on 6th July 2019. This conference will be on the theme of sustainability; more information including how to attend can be found here.


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New book published on cities and housing in Asia co-edited by SEAC Director

SEAC Director Prof. Hyun Bang Shin, in collaboration with Prof. Yi-Ling Chen (Department of Geography, University of Wyoming), has published the Co-edited book Neoliberal Urbanism, Contested Cities and Housing in Asia which explores a range of Asian cities including Bangkok and Hanoi.

A book launch for this publication will be held at LSE in December 2019.

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SEAC Director to join Editorial Board of the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research

Prof. Hyun Bang Shin has been invited to become a member of The International Journal of Urban and Regional Research's Editorial Board, commencing January 2020. 


Dr Thomas Smith awarded £15,000 Royal Geographical Society grant for project on post-fire greenhouse gas emissions in Indonesia and Malaysia

Together with Dr Stephanie Evers (School of Natural Sciences and Psychology, LJMU), Dr Thomas Smith (Department of Geography and Environment, LSE) has been awarded a RGS grant to research how tropical peatland greenhouse gas emissions respond in the immediate aftermath of a fire. Working in Malaysia and Indonesia, they will measure the immediate post-fire greenhouse gas emissions and investigate the evolution of these emissions through the post-recovery period of the burnt site.

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SEAC-affiliated scholars reach Top 5 Shortlist Stage for ICAS Dissertation Award

Dr Do Young Oh, former researcher and Centre Coordinator at SEAC, and Dr Yimin Zhao, current co-investigator for the SEAC research project on Global China, have now reached the Shortlist Stage for the International Convention of Asian Scholars' biennial social science Dissertation Award. Both Do Young and Yimin completed their PhDs at LSE under the supervision of SEAC Director Prof. Hyun Bang Shin. 


New LSE Southeast Asia Student Dissertation Fieldwork Grant

SEAC is pleased to announce a new Student Dissertation Fieldwork grant for current LSE undergraduate and taught master’s students for field research in the Southeast Asia region as part of their assessed dissertation. The funding may contribute towards travel expenses and on-site research expenses, up to a maximum of £500 per applicant. More details including an application form can be found here.


New paper co-authored by Dr Thomas Smith on palm oil sustainability

The Frontiers in Forests and Global Change paper, entitled "Co-producing an agenda for sustainable palm oil", engaged with 659 stakeholders across 38 countries, including palm oil growers, government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and researchers.  


ECR Network member Mara Nogueira publishes article in IJURR on informal worker displacement

LSE-Southeast Asia Early Career Researcher Network member Dr Mara Nogueira (Department of Geography and Environment, LSE) has published a paper in the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, entitled, "Displacing Informality: Rights and Legitimacy in Belo Horizonte, Brazil".


ECR Network Member Jordana Ramalho passes PhD

Dr Jordana Ramalho, member of the LSE-Southeast Asia Early Career Researcher Network and regular contributor to the SEAC community, passed her PhD on 2nd May. She was supervised by Prof. Sylvia Chant (Department of Geography and Environment, LSE) and her thesis explored the gendered dimensions of risk & insecurity for urban poor communities in the Philippines.

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LSE-Southeast Asia Early Career Researcher Network Workshop on academic publishing

On 22nd May 2019, SEAC will host a workshop for LSE-Southeast Asia ECR Network members on the subject of academic publishing, chaired by SEAC Director Prof. Hyun Bang Shin. The workshop will combine practical advice with personal experiences, covering everything from evaluating outlets and choosing the right one for you, avoiding common pitfalls, deciding on solo versus collaborate publications, career considerations and more.

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Prof. Sylvia Chant and Ms Jordana Ramalho working on new Radical Policies book

Prof. Sylvia Chant and ECR Network member Ms Jordana Ramalho (Department of Geography and Environment, LSE) are currently working on a book on radical policies in gender and development, for which they are interviewing a broad cross section of stakeholders in the UK, Europe, the Americas, Asia, North Africa and the Middle East, and sub-Saharan Africa as to how they define ‘radical’, what they regard as the most ‘radical’ interventions in the field, and whether ‘radical’ policies are necessarily the most effective pathway to redressing gendered inequalities and injustice. 


LSE-Southeast Asia Early Career Researcher Network member publishes article in Frontiers in Psychology: Cultural Psychology

Dr Geetha Reddy (Department of Sociology, University of Groningen), in collaboration with Dr Ilka Gleibs (Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science, LSE), has published an article in Frontiers in Psychology entitled, "The Endurance and Contestations of Colonial Constructions of Race Among Malaysians and Singaporeans".


Dr Thomas Smith gives talk at Royal Geographical Society - Singapore

Dr Thomas Smith (Department of Geography & Environment, LSE) visited the Singapore branch of the Royal Geographical Society to talk on his multi-continental pyrogeography research project.  

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Prof Sylvia Chant wins Student-led Teaching Excellence Award

Prof. Sylvia Chant (Department of Geography & Environment, LSE) has won the LSE Student Union Student-Led Teaching Excellence Award 2019 for Research Guidance and Support.

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SEAC Director gives lecture at Lund University on the topic of state-led gentrification in Seoul

On 25th April, SEAC Director Prof. Hyun Bang Shin gave a lecture entitled, "In the shadow of state-led gentrification: The commercialisation of residential properties in Seoul" at Lund University's Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies.

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Special Issue on militant Islam in Southeast Asia, co-edited by Dr Kirsten Schulze, published in Contemporary Southeast Asia

Dr Kirsten Schulze (Dept. of International History, LSE) and Dr Julie Chernov Hwang (Dept. of Political Science & International Relations, Goucher College) have published their special issue in Contemporary Southeast Asia, entitled "Militant Islam in Southeast Asia: New Insights into Jihad in Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines"

Dr Schulze's paper in this issue, "From Ambon to Poso: Comparative and Evolutionary Aspects of Local Jihad in Indonesia", emerged from her 2018 SEAC Research Fund project.

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SEAC Director Chairs panel session at Association of Korean Studies in Europe Conference in Rome

On 13th April, Prof. Hyun Bang Shin acted as Chair and Discussant for the panel session "Space, Place, Power and Scales: Geographical Perspectives on the ROK" at the 29th AKSE Conference at the Sapienza University of Rome. 

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SEAC-affiliated young scholars nominated in longlist for ICAS Dissertation Award

Dr Do Young Oh, former researcher and Centre Coordinator at SEAC, and Dr Yimin Zhao, current co-investigator for the SEAC research project on Global China, have been featured in the longlist nominations for the International Convention of Asian Scholars' biennial social science Dissertation Award.  

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SEAC awarded British Academy Grant for project on Global China and Urban Futures

SEAC is delighted to announce that we have been awarded a British Academy grant as part of its Tackling the UK's International Challenges Programme. The 18-month project is entitled, “The Urban Spectre of Global China: Mechanisms, Consequences, and Alternatives for Urban Futures”, with Prof. Hyun Bang Shin, SEAC Director, as the Principal Investigator, and Dr Yimin Zhao (Assistant Professor in Urban Planning and Management, Renmin University of China) and Dr Sin Yee Koh (Senior Lecturer in Global Studies, Monash University Malaysia) as Co-investigators.

Research will be conducted in London, Iskandar Malaysia, Beijing and Foshan.

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Prof. James Putzel welcomes China Agricultural University Professor

On 29th March, Prof. James Putzel (Department of International Development, LSE) met with Prof. Xiuli Xu (Department of Development Studies, China Agricultural University) to explore potential networking and research collaborations with SEAC.

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New Seminar Series and Networking Grant scheme

SEAC is pleased to announce a new Seminar Series and Networking Grant for the 2019/20 Academic Year. The scheme is open to LSE academic staff and LSE Early Career Researchers, including PhD students, for seminar series, study groups or networking events. The deadline for applications is 28th June 2019. 

More information including an application form can be found here.

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SEAC Director leads LSE student fieldtrip in Seoul

SEAC Director Prof. Hyun Bang Shin spent the week of 22-29 March leading a fieldtrip with LSE MSc Urbanisation and Development students in Korea, as part of the 2019 Seoul Case Study Program, in collaboration with the University of Seoul and the Seoul Metropolitan Government.

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SEAC Director invited to Korea workshop at L'École des hautes études en sciences sociales 

On 20th March, SEAC Director Prof. Hyun Bang Shin acted as Discussant for a L'EHESS Workshop entitled, "Space, place, power and scales: New perspectives on the geography of the Republic of Korea"

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SEAC Director welcomes Tianjin University professors 

On 21st March, SEAC Director Prof. Hyun Bang Shin met with Prof. Peng Zeng, Prof. Tianjie Zhang and Prof. Long Zhang from the School of Architecture, Tianjin University, to discuss potential interdisciplinary research collaborations with LSE.


SEAC Cove Session: Thailand's 2019 Elections: Will the Political Crisis Continue?

On Monday 25th March, SEAC hosted its second ‘Cove Session’ discussion of 2019, with guest Dr Pavin Chachavalpongpun (Center for Southeast Asian Studies, University of Kyoto), discussing the results and implications of the long-awaited Thai general election. Prof. Tim Forsyth (Department of International Development, LSE) was Chair.  

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SEAC Director cited in Reuters news article on Artificial Intelligence and Gentrification

Prof. Hyun Bang Shin was interviewed for a 13th March news piece on newly developed A.I. technology which can map the process of gentrification, entitled "New Driveway? Home improvements lead A.I. to hidden gentrification".


New article from Prof. Tim Forsyth published in Environmental Policy and Governance

Tim Forsyth's (Department of International Development, LSE) co-authored paper with Maria Fernanda Gebara , Erin Sills and Peter May, and entitled "Deconstructing the policyscape for reducing deforestation in the Eastern Amazon: Practical insights for a landscape approach", has just been published in the journal Environmental Policy and Governance.

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New article by LSE-Southeast Asia ECR Network member published in IJURR

Tin Alvarez (PhD candidate, UCL) has recently published a paper (co-authored with Kenneth Cardenas, University of York) in the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, entitled, "Evicting Slums, ‘Building Back Better’: Resiliency Revanchism and Disaster Risk Management in Manila".

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SEAC meets with LSE Southeast Asia Student Union leaders

On 6th March, SEAC held its termly meeting with Presidents of LSE Student Societies relating to the Southeast Asia region, to discuss each other's past and future activities and to share ideas for collaboration and support with the Centre.

From left to right:
- Wu You, President of the LSESU ASEAN Society
- Prof. Hyun Bang Shin, SEAC Director
- Yiyan Lim, President of the LSESU Malaysia Club
- Calvin Toping, President of the LSESU Indonesia Society

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SEAC introduces new stipendiary Visiting Appointment scheme for 2019 

SEAC is delighted to announce a new stipendiary visiting researcher scheme for the 2019-2020 academic year. This is in addition to our existing Standard Visiting Appointment scheme, for which applicants have always been expected to secure their own funding. 

The new Stipendiary Visiting Appointment scheme is directly seeking to attract scholars currently employed at an institution within the Southeast Asia region.

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REDD+ AS AN AREA-BASED POLICY: Evidence from the 2011 Moratorium on oil palm, timber and logging concessions in Indonesia

On 19th March, Ben Groom (Professor of Environment and Development Economics, LSE ) and Charles Palmer (Associate Professor of Environment and Development, LSE) will be summarising findings for their recently completed SEAC-funded research project on environmental impacts of the Palm Oil Concession Moratorium in Indonesia. SEAC Director Prof. Hyun Bang Shin will chair.

More information including a link to register attendance can be found here.

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SEAC launches interactive ECR Network map

Now 52 members strong, the LSE-Southeast Asia Early Career Researcher Network can be explored through an interactive map, searchable by country focus or location, with profiles and photos of Network members, a summary of their research interests and a link to their personal / departmental profiles. This will become an invaluable resource for future research collaborations as the Network grows.

If you would like to join the ECR Network, please send a request to Centre Manager Dr Lee Mager (seac.admin@lse.ac.uk) with the details requested on the main ECR webpage.


New paper from ECR Network member published in Asia Pacific Viewpoint

LSE PhD candidate and LSE-Southeast Asia Early Career Researcher Network member Jordana Ramalho has just published an article entitled "Worlding aspirations and resilient futures: Framings of risk and contemporary city‐making in Metro Cebu, the Philippines" in Asia Pacific Review.

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SEAC Masterclass: Conducting research in violent urban contexts

On 1st March, SEAC held the first of its new 'Masterclass' series, led by Qin Shao, Professor of History at the College of New Jersey and author of Shanghai Gone: Domicide and and Defiance in a Chinese Megacity. The event was chaired by SEAC Director Prof. Hyun Bang Shin.

The audience of LSE staff and early career researchers gained valuable insights into a range of fieldwork issues, including how to deal with state violence, how to be sensitised to the city and the process of discovery. 

(SEAC #urbanisation theme)

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SEAC Workshop: Revisiting Displacement in Urban Studies

The first SEAC Workshop of 2019, in collaboration with the Urban Salon took place on 28th February at LSE and brought together a diverse range of theoretical perspectives and fascinating empirical insights from speakers’ recent research in Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines, China, Israel and the UK. The speakers shared their research and provoked some interesting debates in the Q&A sessions on how we can advance intellectual engagement with this multifaceted topic.

Prof. Katherine Brickell (Royal Holloway, Geography)
Dr Lisa Tilley (Birkbeck, Politics)
Jordana Ramalho (LSE, Geography PhD candidate)
Prof. Qin Shao (The College of New Jersey, History)
Prof. Oren Yiftachel (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Geography)
Prof. Loretta Lees (Leicester, Geography)

Prof. Hyun Bang Shin (LSE, SEAC)

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SEAC Cove Session: Korean reconciliation and its implications on geopolitics and the Southeast Asia region

Coinciding with the Hanoi Summit, SEAC enjoyed a lively and insightful Cove Session on the topic of Korean reconciliation and its implications on geopolitics on 28th February, chaired by Prof. Hyun Bang Shin (LSE, SEAC Director) 

We benefited from the unique expertise of Prof. Vladimir Tikhonov (Korean name Pak Noja; University of Oslo, Cultural Studies and Oriental Languages), whose enthusiasm captivated the audience. The main take-home message of the Session was that reconciliation, despite strong incentives for it from all stakeholders, is likely to be a long process fraught with vulnerabilities.

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SEAC Director to feature in Encyclopedia of Urban and Regional Studies

A chapter on Asian Urbanism by Prof. Hyun Bang Shin is to be included in the forthcoming Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Urban and Regional Studies. The full text is available via LSE Research Online.

 (SEAC #urbanisation theme)

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LSE-Southeast Asia Early Career Researcher Network Inaugural Event

SEAC hosted its first Early Career Researcher Network event on 13th Feb in London, chaired by SEAC Director Prof. Hyun Bang Shin. Participants gave talks on the topic, “What does Southeast Asia mean for my research?” followed by an opportunity to get to know each other. If you are an Early Career Researcher specialising in the Southeast Asia region, please register with details found on this page to join the Network.

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SEADS (Southeast Asia Discussion Series): Para-nationalism in the Wa state of Myanmar

On 15th February SEAC held its first SEADS event of the year, with Dr Hans Steinmüller (LSE, Department of Anthropology) sharing his insights and findings from his year-long fieldwork in the Wa State of Myanmar, focusing on the idea of 'para-nationalism', sovereignty and authenticity. Dr Patrick Meehan (SOAS, Department of Development Studies) was Discussant for the session, with SEAC Director Prof. Hyun Bang Shin chairing.  

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SEAC Research Fund: Call for applications

Applications are invited for the third round of SEAC's Research Fund, open to all LSE Staff at Assistant Professor/Assistant Professorial Research Fellow level or above. The projects, to address social science issues relevant to Southeast Asia and aligning with SEAC’s core research themes, are to take place between 1st July 2019 to 31st July 2020. The deadline for applications is 30th April. For more detailed information, please read the official Funding Call.


SEAC Director welcomes members of the Korean National Assembly

On 14th January 2019, 4 members of the Korean National Assembly visited the LSE and met Prof. Hyun Shin to discuss their interests in urban regeneration, gentrification and social inequality, to help inform their future legislative activities.

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SEAC welcomes the new Centre Manager

SEAC is pleased to welcome our new Centre Manager, Dr Lee Mager. Lee has a long history with LSE, having previously worked as Undergraduate Manager and Deputy Department Manager in the Department of Geography and Environment, and having completed his MSc and PhD in the Department of Sociology. He is looking forward to becoming part of the SEAC community, where he will take overall operational responsibility for the Centre in addition to managing events, communications and publications.


SEAC staff presented at the 9th East Asian Regional Conference on Alternative Geography

Professor Hyun Bang Shin (Centre Director) and Dr Do Young Oh (Centre Coordinator) have participated in the 9th East Asian Regional Conference on Alternative Geography (EARCAG) between 10 and 12 December to give papers on Vietnam and Singapore respectively. Professor Shin additionally organised a session on ‘Urban Spectacles and Social Injustice in the Global East’.


SEAC co-hosted 'Economic Prospects and Problems of the Four Asian Tigers' event

On Tuesday 4th December, LSE SEAC and four LSESU Socities co-hosted the event focused on discussing economic convergence and divergence of the ‘Four Asian Tigers’ by tracing the past’s unprecedented growth history of these countries in the late 20th century and explore different economic trajectories upon which each country is embarking in a comparative perspective. SEAC Centre Coordinator, Dr Do Young Oh moderated the discussion after the talks given by four speakers representing each country.


Prof Tim Forsyth appointed as Adviser to Parliamentary Committee

SEAC Associate, Professor Tim Forsyth has been appointed as a Specialist Adviser to the Houses of Parliament International Development Committee, with special reference to UK aid for combating climate change. The committee is set up for monitoring the policy, administration and spending of the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and its associated public bodies.


LSE SEAC welcomed delegations from Southeast Asia

On Monday 26th November, LSE SEAC welcomed two delegations from the Asian Development Bank and Thailand Ministry of Energy. Each meeting involved discussions about potential collaborations and further links between SEAC and two institutions in the future.


LSE Tower buildings are renamed after suffrage campaigners

LSE has officially renamed three of Tower buildings after central figures in the British suffrage movement. The new-titled buildings were unveiled in a ceremony by HRH The Countess of Wessex on Friday 23 November. SEAC is now located on the 10th floor of Fawcett House (FAW), formerly Tower 2 (TW2), named after the suffrage campaigner Millicent Garrett Fawcett. More information about the event can be found here


LSE SEAC met LSESU societies representatives

On Friday 23rd November, LSE SEAC had a meeting with Southeast Asia national societies and ASEAN society to strengthen the relationship with students. The representatives from Thai, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and ASEAN societies attended the meeting. Termly meetings will be held to continue to work closely with the student societies.


LSE SEAC co-hosted 'Prospects for Elections in Thailand' event

On Monday 8th October, LSE SEAC and Department of International Development welcomed the leaders of the Future Forward Party in Thailand as well as Prof Duncan McCargo and Ms Petra Desatova, both from the University of Leeds. The event was an opportunity for academics and audience members to challenge the leaders of Future Forward Party to explain their political agenda and their vision for Thailand. This full-house event was chaired by Prof Tim Forsyth.

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Dr Jürgen Haacke spoke at the Malaysia Ministry of Foreign Affairs

SEAC Associate, Dr Jürgen Haacke undertook a research trip to Malaysia in September as part of his research into UK foreign policy in Southeast Asia. During Dr Haacke's trip, he had meetings with various policymakers and diplomats. He also spoke at the Malaysia Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the UK’s role in Southeast Asia as part of roundtable discussion moderated by the Deputy Secretary General (Bilateral Affairs), YM Raja Dato’ Nushirwan Zainal Abidin. 

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Dr Nick Long presented his paper at ASA Annual Conference

SEAC Associate, Dr Nick Long conducted five weeks of fieldwork on Indonesia’s hypnotherapy industry this summer and convened a panel at the annual conference of the ASA (Association of Social Anthropologists of the UK and Commonwealth). The panel was on the theme ‘When Psychotherapy Goes Awry: Theorising the Unexpected in Therapeutic Encounters’ and his paper was entitled ‘Erickson in the Postcolony: Hypnotherapists as Figures of Ambivalence in Indonesia’s Mental Revolution’. 


SEAC Director met the Centre donors

SEAC Director Professor Hyun Bang Shin visited Singapore to meet Centre donors, Professor Saw Swee Hock at ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute and Mr Arvind Khattar, and to participate in the alumni event hosted by the Singapore LSE Trust and the Alumni Association of Singapore on 13 November 2018. 


Prof Hyun Bang Shin appointed as LSE SEAC Director

Professor Hyun Bang Shin has commenced his directorship for SEAC on 01 August 2018. He is Professor of Geography and Urban Studies in the Department of Geography and Environment, and has been working on the critical analysis of the political economy of urbanisation with particular attention to cities in Asian countries such as Vietnam, Singapore, South Korea, China and more recently, Ecuador. Click here for more information.



SEAC visit to Vietnam and Singapore in July 2018

In early July, SEAC conducted a successful research trip to Vietnam and Singapore, reconnecting with old partners and meeting new contacts at various universities and research institutes, including the Vietnam Institute for Economic and Policy Research, Vietnam National University, National University of Singapore, and the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute. The SEAC team was also delighted to visit the Centre’s donors, Arvind Khattar and Professor Saw Swee Hock while in the region. 

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SEAC Associates have published new articles

Centre Associate Dr Kirsten E. Schulze (LSE International History) has written an article entitled, 'The Surabaya Bombings and the Evolution of the Jihadi Threat in Indonesia'. It was published by the Combating Terrorism Centre at West Point in the CTC Sentinel, and is available online here. Kirsten has also recently co-authored an article with Julie Chernov Hwang (Goucher College), 'Why They Join: Pathways into Indonesian Jihadist Organizations'. More.

Nicholas Long

Centre Associate Dr Nicholas J. Long (LSE Anthropology) has published a new article in Medical Anthropology Quarterly. It is entitled 'Accept and Utilise: Alternative Medicine, Minimality, and Ethics in an Indonesian Healing Collective', and explores cosmopolitan forms of alternative medicine which have become popular in Indonesia, with a focus on the activities alternative healers in central Java. More.


SEAC Associate Dr Allerton published a paper 

SEAC Associate Dr Catherine Allerton (LSE Department of Anthropology) has recently had an article published in the Journal of Ethic and Migration Studies on child illegality in Malaysia, entitled 'Impossible Children: illegality and excluded belonging among children of migrants in Sabah, Malaysia'. The article is open access and can be read here.

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SEAC Director spoke at the University of Turin

On Thursday 26th April 2018, SEAC Director Dr Jürgen Haacke spoke on 'China, the US and hedging in Southeast Asia' at the University of Torino, Italy. Dr Haacke's lecture was organised as part of the university’s TOChina Spring Seminars. 


SEAC has two new Visiting Appointments

SEAC has welcomed two new Visiting Appointments for the Summer Term. Dr Do Young Oh (Visiting Fellow) is a Researcher at LSE Cities and will be investigating the university-city relationship in Singapore and Vietnam in a post-colonial context. Daniel Peterson (Visiting Research Student) is a PhD candidate at Australian Catholic University, and will be working on his thesis which examines Indonesia's human rights legal framework and the rise of political Islam in the archipelago.


SEAC article on future UK-Southeast Asia relations

SEAC Director Dr Jürgen Haacke and SEAC Researcher John Harley Breen have co-written an article entitled, 'Steering UK–Southeast Asia Relations Post-Brexit'. The article unpacks the UK's longstanding security and economic interests in Southeast Asia, and explores the options available to the UK when its relationship with the region is no longer mediated through the European Union. The article appeared on the East Asia Forum this month, and is available on the SEAC Blog.


Second round of SEAC Research Fund awarded

Dr Ben Groom and Dr Charles Palmer (LSE Department of Geography and Environment) have been awarded a grant from the second round of the SEAC research fund for the project, 'The Palm Oil Concession Moratorium and its Spatial Impact on Deforestation', which will run until July 2019. The LSE SEAC Research Fund is a biennial grant available to LSE faculty and SEAC Associates to support social science research on Southeast Asia. More


SEAC and UKABC hosted a 'Breakfast Briefing' on Cambodia 

On Wednesday 21st February, SEAC co-hosted an 'ASEAN Breakfast Briefing' on Cambodia with the UK-ASEAN Business Council (UKABC). The briefing by H.E. Dr Soeung Rathchavy (Ambassador, Royal Embassy of Cambodia) and Trevor Sworn, (Chairman, British Chamber of Commerce in Cambodia) featured an overview of the current economic climate in Cambodia and the opportunities available to UK companies, followed by a roundtable discussion with business representatives from across London. 


A Philippine delgation was welcomed to LSE

On Wednesday 14th February, SEAC welcomed several Filipino Supreme Court Justices and members of the academe on Competition Law and Economics to LSE. As competition law in the Philippines is in its early stages, the meeting offered an opportunity for a general discussion on legal policy and best practices. SEAC Associate, Prof James Putzel, chaired the meeting, which also benefited from the insights of Prof Ken Shadlen (LSE Department of International Development) and Dr Andriani Kalintiri and Dr Niamh Dunne (LSE Department of Law)


SEAC Associate had an article published

Associate Professor of International History, Dr Kirsten E. Schulze, has co-written an article with Prof Joseph Chinyong Liow (Nanyang Technological University and Dean of the S.Rajaratnam School of International Studies). The paper, published in February, is entitled 'Making Jihadis, Waging Jihad: Transnational and Local Dimensions of the ISIS Phenomenon in Indonesia and Malaysia'. It examines the ISIS phenomenon in Indonesia and Malaysia and can be read here.


SEAC hosted its first Cove Sessions

On Friday 12th January, SEAC organised its inaugural Cove Session. The focus was the UK’s evolving Southeast Asia policy, led by Head of the Southeast Asia and Pacific Department at the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office John Virgoe. On Thursday 18th January, SEAC organised a further session that examined the current state of ISIS in Indonesia. The speakers were: Sidney Jones (Director of the Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict - IPAC),  Nava Nuraniyah (Analyst at IPAC) and Solahudin (University of Indonesia). 


SEAC hosted 'Militant Islamism in Southeast Asia' Workshop

On Friday 19th January 2018, SEAC hosted a workshop entitled, ‘Militant Islamism in Southeast Asia'. The workshop examined the recent evolution of militant Islamism in Southeast Asia by exploring the impact of the defeat of ISIS in the Middle East and returning Southeast Asian mujahedin, the take-over of Marawi in the Philippines by pro-ISIS jihadis, and rising religious politics and protest in the region. It focused specifically on Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines, and was attended by researchers, embassy staff and civil servants.




LSE SEAC engaged with student societies on campus

On Wednesday 22nd November, SEAC Associate Dr Kirsten Schulze chaired the panel discussion 'Indonesia: a democracy at the crossroads', hosted by the LSE Student Union's ASEAN Society and Indonesian Society. That evening SEAC Director Dr Jürgen Haacke also spoke at a special dialogue event organised by the School's oldest student society, The Grimshaw Club, entitled 'Southeast Asia: a region of contestation'.


LSE SEAC received a delegation from the Philippines

On Wednesday 25th October SEAC welcomed a high-level delegation from the Philippines to LSE. They were received by Dr Jürgen Haacke and SEAC Associate, Professor James Putzel. The meeting provided an opportunity to network and discuss current Philippine tax reform efforts, as well as a range of geopolitical issues.


LSE SEAC hosted His Excellency Dr Rizal Sukma for a public lecture

On Tuesday 17th October 2017, SEAC welcomed His Excellency Dr Rizal Sukma, Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to the United Kingdom and Ireland, to give a public lecture. The Ambassador assessed Indonesia's role in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The podcast and storify from the event are now available online.


LSE SEAC hosted a panel event on armed conflict in Myanmar

On Friday 13th October, SEAC hosted a public panel discussion on the array of non-state armed groups in the borderland regions of Myanmar in collaboration with the LSE Global South Unit. The podcast and summary blog of the panel discussion are now available online.


SEAC Director spoke at UK-ABC Business Forum

Dr Jürgen Haacke presented on a panel discussion about the prospects of ASEAN, with special reference to the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), at the ASEAN@50 Business Forum on 11th October.  More information and recordings of the event are available here.


LSE SEAC hosted a Hedging Workshop

On Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th of September, SEAC hosted a workshop entitled 'Hedging in International Politics: conceptualising and theorising Southeast Asia’s relations with major powers in comparative perspective'. Organised by Centre Director Jürgen Haacke, the workshop sought to take stock of the existing literature on ‘hedging’and to discuss ways to take forward new research on its practice.

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Dr Jürgen Haacke was quoted in an article which appeared in Forbes

SEAC Director Dr Jürgen Haacke was quoted in an article which appeared in Forbes about how Britain is aiming to become more relevant in the Asia-Pacific.

Read the full article here.

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Professor Tim Forsyth presented at the International Thai Studies Conference in Thailand 

In June 2017, SEAC Associate Professor Tim Forsyth gave a presentation on environmental politics and the connection of local development problems with global climate policy in Chiang Mai. He also conducted interviews with environmental activists and visited sites of protests.


SEAC Director presented research on US-Myanmar foreign policy in Cardiff

Dr Jürgen Haacke presented ongoing research on foreign policy entrepreneurs and US-Myanmar policy at a workshop entitled, 'Foreign Policy Analysis and Public Policy: towards theoretical dialogue and integration' at the 4th European Workshops in International Studies (EWIS) from 7-10 June in Cardiff. 


SEAC hosted a Staff Research Workshop

SEAC arranged a staff research workshop on 31 May. Similarly to our successful PhD workshop that took place in February, SEAC Associates and Visiting Fellows were invited to present their ongoing research papers or chapters to each other for cross-disciplinary feedback.


LSE SEAC organised its second LSE Southeast Asia Forum

The second LSE SEAF took place on Monday 22nd May 2017 and consisted of four expert panels plus a keynote lecture by H.E. Antonio Lagdameo, Ambassador of the Philippines to the UK. The full-day event was attended by resident embassy staff, policymakers, stakeholders in business and civil society, as well as researchers and students.


Dr Tim Andrews joins LSE SEAC as Visiting Senior Fellow

Dr Andrews, Associate Professor at Webster University (Thailand) has joined LSE SEAC as a Visiting Senior Fellow for Summer Term 2017. While at SEAC, Dr Andrews will be working on his research project titled Understanding Base-of-pyramid Organizational Employees in Emerging Southeast Asia: Theoretical Advances and Practical Implications for Organizations and Society.


LSE SEAC Associate, Dr Schulze publishes new article on conflict in Indonesia

Dr Kirsten Schulze, Associate Professor in International History at LSE and LSE SEAC Associate, has published an article on the ethnic elements of communal conflict in Ambon, Poso, and Sambas, Indonesia. The piece from the Journal for Ethnic and Racial Studies is available to read here


LSE SEAC hosts Prof Joseph Liow for a public lecture and seminar

On Monday 16th January, Professor Joseph Liow Chin Yong gave a talk based on his recently published book Religion and Nationalism in Southeast Asia (Cambridge University Press, 2016). The following morning, Prof Liow also participated in a closed research seminar with members of LSE SEAC and LSE PhD students.

The podcast of the public lecture is available here


Dr Chris Chaplin joins LSE SEAC as Visiting Fellow

Dr Chaplin, postdoctoral researcher at the Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV), has joined LSE SEAC as a Visiting Fellow for Lent Term 2017. While at the Centre, he will be working on his reserch project Salafism Reconsidered: Wahdah Islamiyah and the Promotion of Religiously Inspired Citizenship in Sulawesi, Indonesia.


Dr Schulze attended the Jakarta Geopolitical Forum

SEAC Associate Dr Kirsten E. Schulze presented a paper entitled 'Pathways to Jihad' at the Jakarta Geopolitical Forum, organised by Indonesia’s National Resilience Institute Lemhannas from 18-20 May. The Forum gave geopoliticans, professionals and academics the opportunity to explore the impact of geopolitical change on national and regional resilience.


Dr Yap spoke at the University of Leiden 

SEAC Associate Dr Felicia Yap presented at '"The Eurasian Question" in Comparative Perspective' at the University of Leiden on 12 April. The symposium focused on the bureaucratic and legal dimensions of decolonisation in Asia. Dr Yap's paper, 'At the Edge of Conflict and Empire', analysed the experiences of Eurasian communities in Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia during WW2.


LSESU ASEAN Society wins Bronze at the SU Awards

Building on their Best New Society Award at the 2016 SU & STARS Awards, the LSESU ASEAN society has been awarded a Bronze Award at this year's awards on 20 March for bringing together students from ASEAN countries in a friendly and homely environment. 


Dr Shin's field research in Singapore and Hanoi

SEAC Associate Dr Hyun Bang Shin carried out field research in Singapore and Hanoi between late March and early May. Supported by the LSE SEAC Research Fund, this research examined the circulations of real estate capital and urbanisms, looking at the practices of Singaporean and South Korean developers in Singapore and Vietnam.


Dr Jürgen Haacke attended the LSEAAS
Fund-Raising Gala Dinner in Singapore

SEAC Director Dr Jürgen Haacke attended a fund-raising gala dinner in support of the Singapore LSE Trust on March 31st, organised by the LSE Alumni Association of Singapore. The trust awards scholarships to outstanding Singaporean undergraduate students with a passion for social causes who need financial support to study at the LSE.


LSE SEAC Research Fund recipients are conducting fieldwork over Easter break

Several LSE SEAC Research Fund recipients are currently on research trips related to their projects. Dr Shamel Azmeh has conducted interviews with officials working on US trade policy towards Vietnam, while Dr Kirsten Schulze and Dr Hyun Bang Shin are working in Indonesia and Singapore respectively.


Dr Kirsten Schulze presented a paper at the Association of Asian Studies in Toronto

SEAC Associate Dr Kirsten Schulze presented a paper on ‘The Ambon Jihad’ as part of a panel on jihadism in Indonesia at the Association of Asian Studies conference in Toronto on 17 March. Dr Schulze is currently analysing the Ambon conflict between Muslims and Christians in Indonesia with support from the LSE SEAC Research Fund.


Dr Hyun Bang Shin facilitated the LSESU and KCL ASEAN Societies' Hackathon

SEAC Associate Dr Hyun Bang Shin facilitated a Hackathon for students to engage with critical and timely issues in Southeast Asia. Throughout the day on 4 March, LSE and KCL participants discussed geopolitical, social, and economic factors being used to reshape regional connectivity in Southeast Asia.


Dr Jürgen Haacke gave a lecture at Royal Holloway on ASEAN

Our Director Dr Jürgen Haacke spoke at Royal Holloway's Southeast Asian Society event on 13 March about the region's economic and political landscape. As the event marked ASEAN's 50th anniversary, Dr Haacke discussed what ASEAN has achieved since its establishment.


Dr Kirsten Schulze published a new article on ethnic conflicts within Indonesia

SEAC Associate Dr Kirsten Schulze's latest article in the Journal of Ethnic and Racial Studies compares the ethnic aspects of the communal violence in Ambon, Poso and Sambas in Indonesia. She discusses the impact and importance of global dynamics on local conflicts throughout Indonesian history. 


Dr Chris Chaplin's article on Islamic identity and symbology in Indonesia's latest elections

As Jakarta headed to the polls, our Visiting Fellow Dr Chris Chaplin argues in an article for the New Mandala that evoking Islamic identity and the opportunistic use of religious symbols in this election has set a dangerous precedent for Indonesia’s democracy.


Dr Chris Chaplin spoke at SOAS book launch event

Our Visiting Fellow Dr Chris Chaplin was a discussant at the launch of Dr Michael Buehler's book The Politics of Shari'a Law on Monday 20th February at the School for Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). He spoke alongside Dr Sidney Jones, Director at the Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict in Jakarta, Indonesia. Dr Buehler and Dr Chaplin will speak at the upcoming SEAC panel discussion  on recent trends of Islamisation in Indonesia on Tuesday 14th of March at LSE.

BBC Indonesia's report of the event is available in Indonesian here.


Dr Chris Chaplin joins LSE SEAC as Visiting Fellow

Dr Chaplin, postdoctoral researcher at the Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV), has joined LSE SEAC as a Visiting Fellow for Lent Term 2017. He has recently completed six months of ethnographic fieldwork in Makassar, South Sulawesi and will be working on his research project titled Salafism Reconsidered: Wahdah Islamiyah and the Promotion of Religiously Inspired Citizenship in Sulawesi, Indonesia while at SEAC.


Read Dr Nick Long's chapter on democracy in Indonesia in his co-edited book 

If you are interested in political theory and democratic statecraft, read SEAC Associate, Dr Nick Long's chapter titled 'Why Indonesians Turn Against Democracy' in The State We're In: Reflecting on Democracy's Troubles, a book he edited with Joanna Cook and Henrietta L. Moore. Published in 2016, this book sets out an original theoretical model that explores the relations between democracy, subjectivity and sociality, and explains its relevance to different countries.




LSE SEAC welcomes three new Khattar Scholars

We are proud to welcome our three Khattar Scholars of the academic year 2016-2017 who, as recipients of the Khattar Scholarship, will be associated with LSE SEAC during their time at the LSE. The three scholars are Yunqian Agnes Chew (MSc Development Management, pictured), Lua Zheng Hao Darrell (MSc Finance and Private Equity) and Benjamin Tan Cheng Wei (MSc Management Science).


LSE SEAC Associate Hyun Band Shin at a talk about his book Planetary Gentrification

On 14th October, LSE SEAC Associate, Dr Hyun Bang Shin took part in the KOSMOS-Workshop “Universal Gentrification? Conceptional Challenges of Comparative Urbanism” at Humboldt University in Berlin where he introduced his recently published book Planetary Gentrification, co-edited with Professor Loretta Lees (University of Leicester) and Dr Ernesto López-Morales (University of Chile, Santiago).


Four LSE SEAC academics amongst recipients of the LSE's Excellence in Education Awards 

Dr Catherine Allerton (Anthropology), Dr Jürgen Haacke (International Relations), Dr Nick Long (Anthropology, pictured) and Dr Kirsten Schulze (International History) have received the LSE's inaugural Excellency in Education Awards for their outstanding teaching contribution and educational leadership in their departments.


Prof James Putzel wrote an article on the Duterte administration in the Philippines

The article titled 'Can Duterte "populism" bring lasting peace, development?' by LSE SEAC Associate, Professor James Putzel was recently published in the Philippine Daily Inquirer and reposted in the LSE International Development blog.


Dr Jürgen Haacke speaks at the Myanmar Institute of Strategic and International Studies

On 14 September, LSE SEAC Director, Dr Jürgen Haacke visited the Myanmar Institute of Strategic and International Studies and gave a talk titled ‘The Relations of ASEAN States with Major Powers: Converging Strategies?


Dr Jurgen Haacke appointed as LSE SEAC Director

On 1st August, Dr Jurgen Haacke was appointed as Director of the Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre, following Professor Danny Quah's move from the LSE to take up the position of Li Ka Shing Professor of Economics at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at NUS. 

Dr Haacke is Associate Professor in International Relations at the LSE, and was formerly an Associate of LSE SEAC. His regional expertise focuses in particular on the study of the security and international relations of Southeast Asia, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), and Myanmar.


Dr Trude Jacobsen joins LSE SEAC as Visiting Senior Fellow

Dr Trude Jacobsen has joined LSE SEAC as a Visiting Senior Fellow for the Michaelmas Term 2016. Dr Jacobsen is Associate Professor of Southeast Asian history at Northern Illinois University where she has also served as Assistant Director in the Center for Southeast Asian Studies. During her stay, she will participate in LSE SEAC activities as a speaker at upcoming seminars, including one on her second book, Sex Trafficking in Southeast Asia: A History of Desire, Duty, and Debt.


Stephen James join LSE SEAC as Visiting Research Student 

Stephen James, PhD candidate in Cultural Anthropology at University of California, Riverside has joined LSE SEAC as Visiting Research Student for the summer 2016 period. During his stay, Stephen will carry out a multi-sited, longitudinal study of the migration patterns and experiences of Vietnamese refugees through the Vietnam-Hong Kong-London route. His biography is available here.


LSE Southeast Asia Forum 2016

Organised by LSE SEAC, the LSE Southeast Asia Forum (LSE SEAF) is a one day exclusive event, taking place on Friday 13th May 2016. It is a unique opportunity to engage with Southeast Asia's most critical issues, network with renowned experts on the region and encourage student participation in high-level debates. The inaugural LSE SEAF has been organised with the generous support of Professor Saw Swee Hock who will be attending the event and presented with a commemorative award during the opening remarks by Professor Paul Kelly, Pro-Director of LSE.


LSE SEAC's one year anniversary on 28th January 2016

One year ago, on 28th January 2015, LSE SEAC was launched with a public lecture AEC 2015: A Perspective From Business by Dato' Sri Nazir Razak. Since then we have organised various different events, ranging from public panel discussions to postgraduate workshops, as well as our LSE SEAC Seminar Series. A comprehensive list of our events in 2015 can be found here.


The LSESU ASEAN Society win Best New Society award

The LSESU ASEAN Society has been awarded the Best New Society award in the LSESU STARS and SU Awards Ceremony 2016. The award recognises the best student groups, campaigns and individuals who have contributed to LSESU over the past year or since their start.


Dr Shin participates in Bangkok Edge Festival

LSE SEAC Associate, Dr Hyun Bang Shin will take part in the inaugural Bangkok Edge Festival, Bangkok’s first ideas festival, on 13th and 14th of February. At the festival, he will examine the issue of gentrification, his area of expertise, through two panel discussions: Gentrification: Who Benefits? and What is the ‘new Asia’?. Dr Shin will also launch his newest book, Planetary Gentrification (2016) at the festival.


LSE SEAC Associate Dr Hyun Bang Shin appointed to the Board of Urban Studies Foundation 

Congratulations to Dr Hyun Bang Shin, Associate Professor of Geography and Urban Studies at LSE, who has been appointed to the Board of Urban Studies Foundation (USF) as a Trustee in January 2016. USF is a charitable body established in 2008 aiming to advance postgraduate education and research in the field of urban studies. It also produces the journal Urban Studies.



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Professor Saw bestowed with the Distinguished Alumni Leadership Award 

Professor Saw Swee Hock, whose generous support made the establishment of LSE SEAC possible, was accepted the Distinguished Alumni Leadership Award from LSE Director, Professor Craig Calhounon 28th November 2015 at the LSE Asia Forum in Singapore. At the same event, panel discussions on the topics of Asian lessons of political openness and economic performance, ASEAN, and the meaning of genuine development also took place.


LSE SEAC Associate Dr Munir Majid chaired the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit in November 2015

Top world leaders – Obama, Abe and Modi – spoke at the ASEAN Business & Investment Summit (ABIS) chaired by Tan Sri Dr Munir Majid, Chairman of the ASEAN Business Advisory Council,  on 20th – 22nd November 2015. ABIS is ASEAN's premier annual Business and Investment event, providing a key platform for the business community to engage with ASEAN leaders and key decision makers, and to discussthe pressing issues which will affect the region's investment attractiveness and business potential.

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LSE SEAC Associate Dr Jurgen Haacke's report published

Dr Jurgen Haacke, Associate Professor in International Relations at LSE, authored a report titled Myanmar and the United States: Prospects for a Limited Security Partnership, published by the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. In the report, he examines developments in Myanmar–US relations under President U Thein Sein and the Obama administration since 2011 and Myanmar's efforts to improve bilateral relations with a range of international and regional powers.


LSE Asia Forum in Singapore on 28th November

The LSE Asia Forum in Singapore, part of LSE's 120th anniversary celebrations, will be organised on Saturday 28th November, 9am - 5pm. Don't miss out on this great opportunity to reconnect with the School, other alumni and friends of LSE - check out the event programme and book your tickets here. Additionally, find out what happened at the previous LSE Asia Forum, which took place on 17th October 2015 in Hong Kong, through the Storify slideshow.


LSE SEAC Associate Sylvia Chant named a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences

Congratulations to LSE SEAC Associate Professor Sylvia Chant from the LSE Department of Geography and Environment. She was among the 46 leading social scientists who were conferred the award of Fellow by the Academy of Social Sciences in October 2015. The Academy of Social Sciences is the national academy of academics, learned societies and practitioners in the social sciences. Its fellows are distinguished scholars and practitioners from academia and the public and private sectors, reviewed by a peer group as having contributed to social science more broadly than the normal demands of their job.


Will the 21st century be Asian?' debate with Professor Danny Quah

On 2nd November 2015, LSE SEAC Director Professor Danny Quah participated in a joint LSE SEAC - LSE IDEAS debate together with Professor Michael Cox and Dr Leslie Vinjamuri on whether the 21st century will be Asian. The event was chaired by LSE alum Tim Frost and the audience had a chance to ask questions via Twitter in addition to the regular Q&A.

The podcast and Storify slideshow are now available online.