On 27th October 2020, as part of LSE Southeast Asia Week 2020, SEAC and ASEAS UK invite early career researchers to identify the various challenges ECRs face during this difficult time of pandemic. The discussions on the day will feed into the roundtable discussion with Centre Directors on the following day for them to respond to such concerns. This event will be co-chaired by SEAC Director Prof. Hyun Bang Shin and ASEAS UK Chair Dr Deirdre Mckay.
- Thanapat Chatinakrob is a PhD candidate at the Manchester International Law Centre, University of Manchester. A part of his current research focuses on the use of the practice in treaty interpretation by international courts and tribunals that at least one party is a Southeast Asian state, or the dispute settlement body is operated within the region.
- Dr Benjamin Ho is Assistant Professor at the China Programme, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Singapore. He obtained his PhD from the Department of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK. His research focus includes the study of China’s international relations, with an emphasis on Chinese political worldview and exceptionalism thinking.
- Jessica Rahardjo is a DPhil student at the Faculty of History, University of Oxford. She trained as a visual artist and worked in the arts and culture sector in Singapore prior to undertaking studies in art history and archaeology in the United Kingdom. She currently works on Islamic funerary material culture in maritime Southeast Asia, examining the mobility of text and images on gravemarkers and analysing the ways in which religious and socio-political forces shape the way communities memorialise the dead.
- Dr Charlie Rumsby is a research fellow at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations (CTPSR) at Coventry University, and a visiting research fellow at the Anthropology Department at the LSE. She obtained her PhD at CTPSR. Her research to date has explored modes of identity and belonging among stateless ethnic Vietnamese children living in Cambodia. This includes studying religious change, ethnicity, and nationalism. Charlie uses visual methodologies to collect and disseminate data.
- Dr Deirdre McKay is Reader in Social Geography and Environmental Politics at Keele University, Chair of ASEAS UK, and SEAC Associate. Her research draws on both social/cultural geography and social anthropology to explore people’s place-based experiences of globalisation and development. Her fieldwork is in areas of the global South and also with migrant communities from developing areas who have moved into the world’s major cities. Much of her work has been conducted with people who originate in indigenous villages in the northern Philippines.
- Prof Hyun Bang Shin is Professor of Geography and Urban Studies in the Department of Geography and Environment and Director of the Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre at the London School of Economics and Political Science. His research centres on the critical analysis of the political economic dynamics of speculative urbanisation, the politics of redevelopment and displacement, gentrification, housing, the right to the city, and mega-events as urban spectacles, with particular attention to cities in Asian countries such as South Korea, China, Vietnam and Singapore. His recent projects on ‘circulating urbanism and (Asian) capital’ have also brought him to work on Quito, Manila, Iskandar Malaysia, Kuwait City and London. Prof Shin has published widely in major international journals and contributed to numerous books on the above themes. He has coauthored Planetary Gentrification (Polity, 2016), edited Anti-Gentrification: What Is to Be Done (Dongnyok, 2017),and co- edited Global Gentrifications: Uneven Development and Displacement (Bristol University Press, 2015) and Neoliberal Urbanism, Contested Cities and Housing in Asia (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019). He is a board member (trustee) of the Urban Studies Foundation, and sits on the international advisory board of the journal Antipode as well as on the editorial board of the journals International Journal of Urban and Regional Research; Urban Geography; CITY; City, Culture and Society; Space and Environment [in Korea]; China City Planning Review [in China].