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ECR Network Publishing Workshop

Hosted by the Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre

Graham Wallas Room, LSE

On 22nd May 2019, SEAC hosted 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 combined 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. 

If you are an ECR who is also working on the Southeast Asia region and would like to join the network, please send your details to Lee as required on the ECR Network webpage



  • Welcome introduction from Chair and SEAC Director Prof. Hyun Bang Shin

Part 1: Advice from LSE Staff

  • “Bullet-Dodging Tips for Peer Review”
    Dr Lee Mager
    SEAC Centre Manager, LSE

Part 2: Experiences from ECRs

  • “From a scrap to a paper.” (presentation)
    Dr Sokphea Young 
    Research Associate, Dept. of Anthropology, UCL

  • "Reflections on Fast and Slow Early Career Publishing"
    Dr Lisa Tilley 
    Lecturer, Dept. of Politics, Birkbeck University

  • "Publication strategy:  when, where, and how many?" (presentation)
    Dr Gunjan Sondhi 
    Lecturer, Dept. of Geography, Open University

  • 20-minute roundtable Q&A discussion


Speaker bios

Dr Lee Mager is Centre Manager of SEAC, having previously worked as Undergraduate Manager and Deputy Department Manager in the LSE's Geography and Environment Department. He completed his MSc and PhD from the LSE's Department of Sociology. In 2010-2016 he worked as Editorial Manager for the journal Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, a role which granted him privileged access to the processes of evaluation and decision making in academic journal publishing, since it involved him reading through every reviewer report that was submitted.  

Ms Lucy Lambe is Scholarly Communications Officer at the LSE, where she provides a publishing advice service to staff and students. She has a Postgraduate Diploma in Library and Information Studies from Robert Gordon University and a BSc in Geography from the University of Edinburgh. She is currently also working on a project to implement a publishing platform for open access journals based at LSE.

Prof. Hyun Bang Shin is SEAC Director and Professor of Geography and Urban Studies in the Department of Geography and Environment. Prof Shin has published widely in major international journals and contributed to numerous books on the above themes. His most recent books include Planetary Gentrification (Polity Press, 2016) and Global Gentrifications: Uneven Development and Displacement (Policy Press, 2015). Other forthcoming books include Neoliberal Urbanism, Contested Cites and Housing in Asia (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019) and The Political Economy of Mega Projects in Asia (Routledge). He sits on the international advisory board of the journal Antipode and serves on the editorial boards of the journals Urban GeographyCity, Culture and SocietySpace and EnvironmentChina City Planning ReviewRadical Housing Journal. Previously, he served the journal CITY as Senior Editor.

Dr Sokphea Young is Research Associate at UCL, having earned his PhD from the University of Melbourne, MA from Asian Institute of Technology (Bangkok), and BA from the Royal University of Agriculture (Phnom Penh). He is currently working on two book manuscripts. Derived from my PhD project, the first one looks at “peasant resistance against political durability in Cambodia, and Southeast Asia”. Funded by European Research Council, the second book examines the nexus between “activism, citizenship and political imagination” from visual cultural and media perspectives.

Dr Lisa Tilley is Lecturer in Politics at Birkbeck and received her PhD from Warwick University in 2017. Her work has appeared in New Political EconomySociology and Asia Pacific Viewpoint, among other journals and edited collections. Lisa also co-founded the collaborative research project Raced Markets, which explores 'race' in relation to political economy, while her other positions include Associate Editor of the pedagogical resource Global Social Theory and Co-Convenor of the Colonial, Postcolonial, Decolonial Working Group of the British International Studies Association (CPD-BISA).

Dr Gunjan Sondhi is Lecturer in Geography at the Open University. She is Associate Editor of the International Journal of Gender, Science and Technology and has published research on gender, class, education and skilled mobility, including the mobility of international students, and highly skilled migrants within academia, the IT sector and Finance.


Photos from the Workshop


Mager publishing workshop

Shin publishing workshop

Lambe publishing workshop


Young publishing worksho

Tilley publishing workshop

Sondhi publishing workshop


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