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Our people


SEAC creates such a vibrant intellectual community by connecting scholars with diverse interests and tackling issues critical in our times.

Prof. Qin Shao, The College of New Jersey

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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 Do Young Oh, Interim Centre Manager and Research Officer

Dr Oh has overall operational responsibility for the Centre, including day-to-day administration, finances, communications, events and publications as Interim Centre Manager. Dr Oh is also jointly based at the LSE Middle East Centre for "Asian Capital and the Rise of Smart Urbanism" research project.

Phone: +44 (0)207 955 6952



Dr Murray Mckenzie, Research Officer

Dr Mckenzie is currently working for SEAC's "COVID-19 and Southeast Asia" project and the BA-funded project "The Urban Spectre of Global China: mechanisms, consequences and alternatives for urban futures".



Malvin Kaur, Graduate Intern

Malvin supports the Centre to promote the "COVID-19 and Southeast Asia" research project and communicate its outcomes with diverse audiences. Malvin recently finished her MSc Regional and Urban Planning Studies at LSE.


SEAC Management Committee

The Management Committee convenes its meetings to discuss prioritised agendas and help ensure that the Centre's activities and resources are effectively managed in accordance with the Centre's objectives and the School's policies and guidelines.  The Committee is also expected to provide consultation for the Centre's direction and development and make contributions to the Centre's activities.


  • Prof. Hyun Bang Shin (Chair; Centre Director)
  • Dr Do Young Oh (Interim Centre Manager)
  • Prof. Steve Gibbons (ex-officio; Head of the Dept. of Geography and Environment)
  • Dr Catherine Allerton (SEAC Associate; Dept. of Anthropology)
  • Prof. John Sidel (SEAC Associate; Dept. of Government & Dept. of International Relations)
  • Prof. Kend Deng (SEAC Associate; Dept. of Economic History)

Centre Associates 

Catherine Allerton

Dr Catherine Allerton

Dr Catherine Allerton is Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology, LSE, and is a specialist in the anthropology of island Southeast Asia, with research interests in children and childhoods, migration, kinship, place and landscape. She has conducted ethnographic fieldwork in a two-placed village in Flores, Indonesia and in the capital city of Sabah, East Malaysia. Her current research explores experiences of exclusion, belonging and potential statelessness amongst the children of Indonesian and Filipino refugees and migrants in Sabah, East Malaysia.

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Professor Katherine Brickell 

Prof Katherine Brickell is Professor of Human Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London. She holds 15 years of area-focused expertise in Cambodia where she researchs the gendered geographies of domestic and working life, including violence against women, forced eviction, and most recently ‘modern slavery’ in the construction industry. She is a recipient of the 2014 RGS Gill Memorial Award, and 2016 Philip Leverhulme Prize, and journal editor of Gender, Place and Culture. Prof Brickell was Chair of the RGS-IBG Gender and Feminist Geographies Research Group (2016-2018).

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Professor Beng Huat Chua 

Prof Chua Beng Huat received his PhD from York University, Canada. Concurrently he is the Provost Chair Professor in the Faculty of Arts and Social Science, and Head of the Department of Sociology, at the National University of Singapore. He is also the Research Leader, Cultural Studies in Asia Research Cluster, Asia Research Institute, NUS.

He has held visiting professorships at universities in US, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Germany and Australia. He is currently Chairman, Board of Trustees, Temenggong Artists-in-Residence, a non profit visual arts institution in Singapore.

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Professor Kent Deng

Prof. Kent Deng is Professor in Economic History in the LSE Department of Economic History. He leads the LSE postgraduate module "Economic Development of East and Southeast Asia" and his research interests and writing include the rise of the literati in the economic life of pre-modern China and the maritime economic history of Asia.


Tim Forsyth

Professor Tim Forsyth 

Prof Tim Forsyth is Professor of Environment and Development at LSE. He 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.

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Dr Jürgen Haacke

Dr Jürgen Haacke is Associate Professor in International Relations at LSE. He 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.

From August 2016 until July 2018 Dr Haacke was Director of LSE SEAC. 


Dr Sin Yee Koh

Dr Sin Yee 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 Nicholas Long 

Dr Nicholas Long is Associate Professor in Anthropology at LSE. Dr 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.


Professor Duncan McCargo

Prof. Duncan McCargo is Director of the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies and Professor of Political Science at the University of Copenhagen. He is also Professor of Political Science at the University of Leeds. Since 2015, he has held a shared appointment at Columbia University, where he is a Visiting Professor of Political Science.

In 2010, Prof McCargo was awarded an honorary doctorate by Mahasarakham University in Thailand. He was made a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, and was elected President (2013–17) of the European Association for Southeast Asian Studies (EuroSEAS).


Dr Deirdre McKay

Dr Deirdre McKay is Reader in Social Geography and Environmental Politics at Keele University, and Chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Studies UK (ASEAS UK). Dr McKay’s 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.


Dr Catalina Ortiz

Dr Catalina Ortiz is Associate Professor in Building and Urban Design in Development, The Bartlett Development Panning Unit, UCL. Dr Otiz holds a PhD in Urban Planning and Policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago as Fulbright scholar and a Master’s in Urban and Regional Studies and a Bachelor in Architecture from the National University of Colombia.

Dr Ortiz's professional experience of over a decade focuses on teaching, research and consultancy linked to international organizations, national and local governments around urban projects and spatial planning issues in Latin America. 


James Putzel

Professor James Putzel 

Prof James Putzel is Professor of Development Studies at LSE. Professor 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.



Professor Danny Quah 

Prof Danny Quah is the Dean and Li Ka Shing Professor in Economics at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. Prof Quah's research interests include income inequality, economic growth, and international economic 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. 

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Professor Jonathan Rigg

Prof Jonathan Rigg is Chair in Human Geography, University of Bristol, and Professor in the Department of Geography, National University of Singapore. Prior to that, he was Head of the Geography Department at Durham University in the UK. He was also based at the School of Oriental & African Studies, London University where he was a Lecturer, British Academy Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, and PhD student. 

From 2016 to 2019, he held the position of Director of the Asia Research Institute, National University Singapore. 

Kirsten Schulze

Dr Kirsten Schulze

Dr Kirsten Schulze is Associate Professor in International History at LSE. She 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). 

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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Professor John Sidel 

Prof John T. Sidel is the Sir Patrick Gillam Professor of International and Comparative Politics at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). He is the author of Capital, Coercion, and Crime: Bossism in the Philippines (1999), Philippine Politics and Society in the Twentieth Century: Colonial Legacies, Postcolonial Trajectories (2000), Riots, Pogroms, Jihad: Religious Violence in Indonesia (2006), The Islamist Threat in Southeast Asia: A Reassessment (2007), and two forthcoming books, Thinking and Working Politically in Development: Coalitions for Change in the Philippines (with Jaime Faustino), and Republicanism, Communism, Islam: Cosmopolitan Origins of Revolution in Southeast Asia.

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Dr Thomas Smith 

Dr Thomas Smith is Assistant Professor in Environmental Geography at the LSE. He teaches on a number of environmental courses, focussing on innovative technology-enhanced experiential learning and field-based education in geography.

He joined the Department in 2018, having previously been a Lecturer at King’s College London. He holds a PhD in Physical Geography from King’s College London and has held Visiting Fellow posts at the National University of Singapore, Monash University Malaysia, University of Wollongong (Australia), and Universiti Brunei Darussalam.


Dr Hans Steinmüller

Dr Hans Steinmüller is Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology, LSE and a specialist in the anthropology of China.

He has conducted long-term fieldwork in the Enshi region of Hubei Province in central China, focusing on family, work, ritual, and the local state. The main object of his research is the ethics of everyday life in rural China, but he has also written on topics such as gambling, rural development, and Chinese geomancy (fengshui).

He is the convenor of the MSc programme 'China in Comparative Perspective'.


Dr Yimin Zhao 

Dr Yimin 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".


Current Visitors


Past SEAC Visiting Appointments


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Dr Merlyna Lim (Visiting Senior Fellow) is Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Digital Media and Global Network Society at Carleton University Canada. An ALiGN Media Lab founder/director, Dr Lim’s research interests revolve around the mutual shaping of technology and society, and political culture of technology, especially digital media and information technology, in relation to issues of justice, democracy and civic/participatory engagement. Dr Lim is an interdisciplinary scholar who has published extensively in various disciplines, including communication and media studies, religious studies, journalism, urban studies/sociology, geography, anthropology, Asian studies, Middle East studies, information and library science, computer science and information systems.

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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


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. 

Tim Andrews

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.

Chris Chaplin

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

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.

Stephen James

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.

Joern Dosch

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.

Ken Toeh

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.

Lucy Zhu

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.


ECR Network 

In 2019, The Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre launched the LSE Southeast Asia Early Career Researcher Network, with the long-term goal of building a global network of scholars to collaborate, create, engage and ultimately to advance and raise the profile of research and debate on Southeast Asia.