Staff research expertise

Academic staff draw on their disciplinary backgrounds to explore various aspects of social transformation in Southeast Asia, working collaboratively within the School and externally with scholars based in Malaysia and internationally. While this work often crosses disciplinary boundaries and addresses cross-cutting themes, there is usually a primary focal point located within the School’s four research clusters. 


Communication, Media and Society 

This cluster explores shifts in technology and media and their impact on everyday communication and consumption, education delivery, learning and teaching, as well as the political and social possibilities and limitations of these changes. 

Dr Chan Chang Tik
Senior Lecturer and Programme Coordinator in GCHE
Research Areas: Student centred teaching and learning (blended learning); instructional design; student centred assessment and curriculum design. 

Ms Rajani A/P Chandra Mohan
Lecturer for Monash English Bridging
Research areas: Improving reading and writing skills among ESL students; influence of peer conferencing and peer feedback on writing and use of online forums; online discussions in the teaching and learning of English. 

Dr Julian Hopkins
Lecturer in Communication
Research areas: Technology and social change; anthropology of new media; development studies. 

Dr Ghislaine L. Lewis
Lecturer in Journalism
Research areas: New media and democracy; media and culture; diaspora studies; disabilities, gender and sexuality. 

Dr Tan Meng Yoe
Lecturer for Malaysian National Subjects & General Studies
Research areas: Online religion; digital cultures; Malaysian Christianity. 

Mr Timothy Wong Wai Toh
Lecturer & Coordinator for Monash English Bridging
Research areas: Teaching Methodology, assessment and research skills development. 

Mr Adrian Yao Yong Tat
Lecturer & Coordinator for Malaysian National Subjects & General Studies
Research areas: Learning and teaching using technologies; multimedia, blended and instructional technology and design. 

Mr Callum Gilmour
Assistant Lecturer in Media Studies and Communications
Research areas: Screen media; sociology of sport; identity in sport.

Ms Melissa Wong Yuet Fun
Assistant Lecturer & Coordinator for Diploma of Higher Education Studies
Research areas: Higher education values, policies and practices; ways of knowing; learners and learning; the internationalisation of higher education; formation of learning habits. 


Culture, Religion and Gender 

This cluster focuses on how people and communities negotiate cultural, religious and gender diversity and examines the social and political implications of the interaction or collision of cultures that results from the shrinking of social space. 

Professor Kuah Khun Eng
Professor of Anthropology and Head of School
Research areas: Chinese diaspora-mainland connections; religion and politics (focusing on Buddhism); religion, politics and philanthropy; gender and social movements. 

Associate Professor Sharon A Bong
Associate Professor of Gender Studies
Research areas: Feminist standpoint epistemologies; rights & sexualities in religions; qualitative researching & analyses using ATLAS.ti 

Dr Yeoh Seng Guan
Senior Lecturer in Media And Cultural Studies
Research areas: Anthropologies of the city; media, religion, and gender; cosmopolitanisms; civil society & subaltern agencies; visual ethnography. 

Dr Joseph N. Goh
Lecturer in Gender Studies
Research areas: Gender and sexuality; queer and LGBTI studies; human rights and sexual health issues; theological and religious studies; qualitative research. 

Dr Aiedah Binti Abdul Khalek
Lecturer for Malaysian National Subjects & General Studies
Research areas: Halal consumption and governance; project-based learning; blended learning and e-learning; action research. 


Literature, Cinema and Society 

Scholars in this cluster explore the aesthetic, cultural, economic, narrative and political dimensions of literature, cinema and other screen media.

Associate Professor Andrew Ng Hock Soon
Associate Professor of Literature
Research areas: Gothic and horror literature and film; postmodern narratives; Asian literatures and critical theory. 

Dr Jonathan Driskell
Senior Lecturer in Film and Television Studies
Research areas: Film history, authorship, star studies; the representation of gender and sexuality in film; French cinema; Southeast Asian (especially Malaysian) cinema.

Mr Callum Gilmour
Assistant Lecturer in Media Studies and Communications
Research areas: Screen media; sociology of sport; identity in sport.


Politics, Development and Governance 

Scholars in this cluster consider how the nexus between politics, development, and governance plays out in Southeast Asia, a region caught between a globalising world and local networks of power and privilege, exploring also the impact of these domestic and regional shifts on Southeast Asia’s international relations. 

Professor Helen E S Nesadurai
Professor of International Political Economy
Research areas: Globalization and its governance; regional and transnational governance; ASEAN; Asia-Pacific regionalism. 

Associate Professor Marco Buente
Associate Professor of Politics and International Relations
Research areas: Regime change and persistence (democratization and authoritarianism); governance issues (constitutional design, decentralization); civil-military relations; civil-society; democracy promotion; sanctions; transnational movements; non-traditional security issues. 

Dr Joel David Moore
Lecturer in Global Studies
Research areas: Political economy; Southeast Asian politics.