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Our people


SEAC's friendly and welcoming staff provided me with a great environment in which to conduct research and progress with my thesis. I was able to consult LSE experts in the field, while the Centre's central London location and reputation enabled me to network with people I would not otherwise have had the opportunity to meet.

Daniel Peterson, Australian Catholic University


Prof Shin, Hyun Bang, Director

Hyun Bang Shin is Director of the Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre, and Professor of Geography and Urban Studies in the Department of Geography and Environment

Phone: +44 (0)207 955 7535


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Dr Lee Mager, Centre Manager

Lee has overall operational responsibility for the Centre, including day-to-day administration, finances, communications, events and publications.

Phone: +44 (0)207 955 6952


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Miss Margherita Scalisi, Graduate Intern Communications and Events

Margherita  supports the Centre in all aspects of event planning, organisation, promotion and communications, in addition to content creation and administration for the SEAC’s public communication channels. 

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Dr Yi Jin, Postdoctoral Research Assistant

Dr Jin is SEAC Postdoctoral Research Assistant for the Research Project "The Urban Spectre of Global China: Mechanisms, Consequences and Alternatives for Urban Futures".

Phone: +44 (0)207 107 5157


Dr Sin Yee Koh

Dr Koh is Senior Lecturer in Global Studies, School of Arts and Social Sciences, Monash University Malaysia, and is Co-Investigator for the SEAC Research Project "The Urban Spectre of Global China: Mechanisms, Consequences and Alternatives for Urban Futures".

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Dr Yimin Zhao

Dr Zhao is Assistant Professor in Urban Planning and Management, School of Public Administration and Policy, Renmin University of China, and is Co-Investigator for the SEAC Research Project "The Urban Spectre of Global China: Mechanisms, Consequences and Alternatives for Urban Futures".

Steering Committee

The SEAC Steering Committee serves as a locus for consultation and deliberation, with the main responsibility to advise the SEAC Director on issues relevant to the Centre in line with its strategic objectives.

Steering Committee members in 2018/19

Professor Hyun Bang Shin
Centre Director, LSE SEAC and Professor in Geography and Urban Studies

Professor Tim Forsyth
Professor of Environment and International Development

Dr Nicholas Long
Assistant Professor in Anthropology

Dr Kirsten Schulze
Associate Professor in International History

Dr Lee Mager
Centre Manager, LSE SEAC

Centre Associates

SEAC Associates are academics at LSE or external researchers working on Southeast Asia who have an affiliation with the Centre. While SEAC Associates are invited to participate in and engage with activities at the Centre, they are not employed by SEAC and do not reflect the official position of the Centre.

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Catherine AllertonAssociate Professor in Anthropology at LSE

Dr Catherine Allerton is a specialist in the anthropology of island Southeast Asia. She has conducted ethnographic research in the city of Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, with the children of Filipino and Indonesian migrants, and in rural Flores, Indonesia, with highland coffee farmers. Her work is broadly concerned with kinship, childhood, migration, place and landscape.

Dr Allerton’s earlier research was conducted in the west of Flores, resulting in a number of articles, and a book, Potent Landscapes: Place and Mobility in Eastern Indonesia (2013). Her current research explores experiences of exclusion, belonging and potential statelessness amongst children in Sabah, East Malaysia. A number of forthcoming articles and a book will explore the complex politics of migration in Sabah, and the consequences for children born in the state to migrant and refugee parents.

Regional Expertise
Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines


Sylvia ChantProfessor of Development Geography at LSE

Professor Sylvia Chant is Director of the MSc in Urbanisation and Development. She has conducted fieldwork relating to gender and development in Mexico, Costa Rica, the Philippines and Gambia, and has published widely on issues such as poverty, rural-urban migration, female employment and female-headed households.

Two books especially pertinent to the Philippines are: Women of a Lesser Cost: Female Labour, Foreign Exchange and Philippine Development (Pluto and Ateneo University Press, 1996), co-authored with Professor Cathy McIlwaine, and Gender, Generation and Poverty: Exploring the ‘Feminisation of Poverty’ in Africa, Asia and Latin America (Elgar, 2007). Her latest book, co-authored with Professor Cathy McIlwaine is Cities, Slums and Gender in the Global South: Towards a Feminised Urban Future (Routledge, 2016).

Regional Expertise


Tim ForsythProfessor of Environment and Development at LSE

Professor Tim Forsyth has six years’ professional experience within Southeast Asia as either a researcher or worker, and is fluent in Thai with skills in Bahasa Indonesia and Burmese. His research focuses on the politics of environmental policymaking, with a particular interest in understanding local environmental risk and livelihoods, and reflecting this knowledge in global environmental policies and assessments.

Professor Forsyth has worked on watershed and forest policies in Thailand and Indonesia; climate change policy and technology transfer in Southeast Asia; social movements and environmental governance; and the development of new, and inclusive, public-private partnerships as a basis for implementing global policy. He is the author of numerous books, articles and book chapters in journals concerning international development, environmental policy, and Southeast Asia.

Regional Expertise

Jurgen Haacke

Jürgen Haacke, Associate Professor in International Relations at LSE

Dr Jürgen Haacke teaches and researches on the international relations of Southeast Asia, especially the foreign and security policies of Southeast Asian states, the role and policies of major powers in relation to the ASEAN region, and regional multilateral cooperation. He has published particularly widely on ASEAN and Myanmar’s foreign policy.

Dr Haacke is currently focusing primarily on a book manuscript on US Burma policy but is also pursuing research on the economic, political and security dimensions of UK-Southeast Asia relations in the context of ‘Brexit’. He moreover continues to conduct research on foreign policy agency and practices in contemporary Myanmar.

From August 2016 until July 2018 Dr Haacke was Director of LSE SEAC. He is on sabbatical during the academic year 2018/2019. 

Regional expertise
Myanmar, ASEAN

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Nicholas LongAssistant Professor in Anthropology at LSE

Dr Nicholas Long is a specialist in the anthropology of Indonesia and the Malay World, with a particular focus on the ways political change influences the experience of self, agency, and relations. Professor Long's monograph, Being Malay in Indonesia, offers a new framework for the study of political decentralisation: one which foregrounds the affective and experiential dimensions of political change.

His fieldwork has also led him to develop fresh perspectives on many classic themes in the anthropology of Southeast Asia, including Malay identity, ‘spirit beliefs’, market cultures, poetry, memories of violence, and cross-border relations. He is currently working on two research projects, one investigating emergent forms of popular psychology in and their relationship to subjectivity, and one examining changing public perceptions of democracy.

Regional Expertise

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Tan Sri Munir Majid, Chairman of Bank Muamalat Malaysia Berhad

Dr Munir Majid is currently Chairman of Bank Muamalat Malaysia Berhad, of CIMB ASEAN Research Institute and of the ASEAN Business Advisory Council, Malaysia. He is also the President of the ASEAN Business Club and a Visiting Senior Fellow at LSE IDEAS. Dr Majid’s main interest is in the evolution of the region's contemporary international affairs under ASEAN. His focus on ASEAN, in turn, closely examines its economic integration process and extra-ASEAN economic engagements.

Dr Majid writes a fortnightly column in Malaysia's Star newspaper mainly on ASEAN matters. He has also written for Nikkei Asian Review and for the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute of Southeast Asia Studies in Singapore, most recently contributing a chapter on private sector contribution in ASEAN economic integration in the Institute's Yearbook.

Regional Expertise
Malaysia, Geopolitics of Southeast Asia, ASEAN integration


James PutzelProfessor of Development Studies at LSE

Professor James Putzel is well-known for his research in the Philippines where he has maintained active research since 1984. His book, A Captive Land: the Politics of Agrarian Reform in the Philippines (1992), is recognised as a classic on the topic and remains influential in current policy actions and debates in the country. His research also includes work on nationalism, comparative politics of development in Southeast and East Asia, democratic transition, and the role of foreign aid and NGOs in development.

Professor Putzel served as Head of the International Development Department at LSE in 1999-2001 and was Director of the School’s Crisis States Research Centre in 2001-2011. Aside from continuing work on land issues, his current research is focusing on politics and governance in crisis states including work on understanding ‘state fragility’, Political Islam in Southeast Asia and the rise of populist politics.

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Danny Quah, Dean and Li Ka Shing Professor in Economics at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore

Prof Danny Quah's research interests include income inequality, economic growth, and international economic relations. His current research takes an economic approach to world order - with focus on global power shift and the rise of the east, and alternative models of global power relations.

Prof Quah is Commissioner on the Spence-Stiglitz Commission on Global Economic Transformation; Member, Executive Committee, International Economic Association; and Senior Fellow, Asian Bureau of Finance and Economics Research. He was also LSE SEAC's inaugural director in 2014-2016. 

Regional expertise
Geopolitics of Southeast Asia


Kirsten SchulzeAssociate Professor in International History at LSE

Dr Kirsten Schulze works on communal and separatist conflicts as well as Islamism in Indonesia and the Middle East. Her publications on Indonesia include: The ‘Ethnic’ in Indonesia’s Communal Conflicts: violence in Poso, Ambon and West Kalimantan (2017), The Islamic State and Southeast Asia (2016), and Transforming the Aceh Conflict: From Military Solutions to Political Agreement (2013). She is currently writing a book on the Ambon conflict titled Communal Violence, Mujahedin and Child Fighters: a history of the Ambon Conflict.

From 2014-2016 Dr Schulze was the Deputy Director of LSE SEAC, from 2012-14 she was the head of the LSE IDEAS Southeast Asia Program, and from 2004-2012 she ran the Indonesia seminar series at Chatham House.

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Felicia Yap, LSE SEAC Associate

Dr Felicia Yap is an LSE SEAC Associate and an affiliate of the Centre of South Asian Studies in Cambridge. She was previously a Junior Research Fellow at Wolfson College Cambridge, a Scouloudi Research Fellow at the Institute of Historical Research in London and a Fellow in International History at LSE.

Dr Yap’s research has centred on the effects of the Japanese occupation of Southeast and East Asia. Her interests include memories of conflict and captivity, the experiences of prisoners of the Japanese, the impact of the war on European and Asian women, as well as the evolution of Eurasian, Jewish and Portuguese communities in colonial Asia. She has begun a new comparative project on collaboration, resistance and espionage in wartime Macao.

Regional Expertise
Malaysia, Singapore, Borneo