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Our people


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Dr Jürgen Haacke, Director

Jürgen Haacke is Director of the Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre, within the Institute of Global Affairs, and Associate Professor of International Relations.



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Quynh Le Vo, Centre Manager

Le is responsible for the day-to-day running of SEAC. She oversees the centre's financial arrangements, execution of events and research activities, and external communication.

Phone: +44 (0)207 955 6952


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John Harley Breen, Researcher

John is responsible for conducting academic and policy research on Southeast Asia and its wider regional and global engagement. His research interests include diplomacy, foreign policy, political violence, authoritarian regimes, and political economy. 

Phone: +44 (0)207 852 3796


Lucinda Norman-Walker, Events and Communications Assistant

Lucinda coordinates SEAC’s events programme, communications platforms, and student engagement activities, whilst supporting the Centre Manager with the day-to-day running of the centre.

Phone: +44 (0)207 107 5157



Justine Bailliart, Project Support Assistant 

Justine is a third-year undergraduate student at LSE in International Relations and History. She has supported SEAC with the 'UK-Southeast Asia Relations' and 'Myanmar in Transition' research projects. 



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 2017/18

Dr Jürgen Haacke
Centre Director, LSE SEAC

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 Hyun Bang Shin
Associate Professor in Geography and Urban Studies

Quynh Le Vo
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 in International 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

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Nicholas LongAssistant Professor of 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 Dr 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 in International Development 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.

Regional Expertise


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.

Regional Expertise


Hyun Bang ShinAssociate Professor of Geography and Urban Studies at LSE

Dr Hyun Bang Shin’s main research interests lie in the critical analysis of the political economic dynamics of urban (re-)development. He has written widely on Asian urbanisation, speculative urbanism, the politics of displacement and urban spectacles. His recent projects include the circulations of real estate capital and urbanisms in Southeast Asia, looking at in particular Singapore and Vietnam.

Dr Shin’s recent books include Global Gentrifications: Uneven Development and Displacement (Policy Press, 2015), and Planetary Gentrification (Polity Press, 2016). His other forthcoming books include a monograph Making China Urban (Routledge), and co-edited volumes, Contesting Urban Space in East Asia (Palgrave Macmillan) and The Political Economy of Mega Projects in Asia: Globalization and Urban Transformation (Routledge).

Regional Expertise
Singapore, Vietnam


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

Visiting Appointments

Current Visiting Appointments


Do Young Oh (Visiting Fellow) is a Researcher at LSE Cities. He recently completed his PhD in Regional and Urban Planning at the Department of Geography and Environment at the LSE with his thesis focusing on a comparative analysis of East Asian urbanisation processes. His research at LSE research involves an investigation into the university-city relationship in Singapore and Vietnam in a (post-)colonial context.


Daniel Peterson (Visiting Research Student) is currently completing his PhD at the Institute for Religion, Politics and Society at Australian Catholic University. Daniel’s thesis investigates whether or not Indonesia's broader human rights legal framework can withstand the challenges presented by the rise of political Islam in the archipelago. Daniel also works as a research assistant at the Institute, where he is a principal contributor to both Euro-Islam and SHARIAsource. 


Past Visiting Appointments




Lukas Schlogl (Visiting Fellow) is a Research Associate with the ESRC Global Poverty & Inequality Dynamics Research Network at the Department of International Development, King’s College London. His current work focuses on structural change, digital transformation, and political behavior in Indonesia. At SEAC, Lukas reviewed the extant literature about potential economic impacts of labour-displacing technological change on Southeast Asian economies.


Joel Selway (Visiting Senior Fellow) is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Brigham Young University. His research interests focus on ethnically-divided societies, and especially on how to design democratic institutions to prevent conflict. During his time with SEAC, Dr Selway examined the question of whether Thailand’s nation-building project will endure beyond the death of its beloved monarch, the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. 



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Tim Andrews (Visiting Senior Fellow) is an Associate Professor at Webster University (Thailand) and a previous academic at Thammasat University based in Bangkok. His research at LSE SEAC focused on an investigation into the working lives of base-of-organizational-pyramid employees in emerging Southeast Asia..


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Chris Chaplin (Visiting Fellow) is a postdoctoral researcher at the Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV). His research at LSE SEAC examined the relationships between conservative Islamic activism and modern understandings of citizenship and class in post-Suharto Indonesia.



Trude Jacobsen (Visiting Senior Fellow) is an Associate Professor of Southeast Asian history at Northern Illinois University, where she has served as Assistant Director in the Center for Southeast Asian Studies. Her research at LSE SEAC was on cultural history of madness, psychiatry, and mental health in mainland Southeast Asia from c. 1800 to 1950.


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Stephen James (Visiting Research Student) has a PhD in Cultural Anthropology and an MA in Southeast Asian Studies. His research at LSE SEAC involved carrying out a multi-sited, longitudinal study of Vietnamese migration, focusing on forced migration through the Vietnam-Hong Kong-London trajectory.



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Joern Dosch (Visiting Professor) is Professor of International Politics and Development Cooperation at the University of Rostock, Germany. His research at LSE SEAC involved a comparative study of foreign policies of the Southeast Asian States as well as Europe-Asia relations.


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Ken Teoh (Visiting Research Student) worked as Research Assistant both at the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Economics and at the Wharton School’s Management Department. His key interests are in econometrics, statistical modelling, and consumer and macroeconomic data analysis.


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Lucy Zhu (Visiting Research Student) was working as a research assistant for Professor Danny Quah through the Madeleine Korbel Albright Institute of Global Affairs, of which she was a 2015 Fellow. She studied the dynamic Eastern-Western economic relationship from an international relations perspective.