Dr Joel David Moore


Senior Lecturer in Global Studies

Email: joel.moore@monash.edu
Telephone No: +603 5514 5647
Fax No: +603 5514 6365
Room No: 2-6-02


Ph.D. (Political Science, Emory University)
M.A (Political Science, Emory University)
BA (Major:International Studies, University of Washington)


Joel Moore has served as the Deputy Head of School for Education for the School of Arts and Social Sciences since 2013.  He has instituted a number of teaching and learning innovations in the classroom including a transdisciplinary unit based around a multi-week crisis simulation.  He has also utilized a variety of open source technologies to enhance student learning in and out of the classroom.

He received his Ph.D. in Political Science at Emory University in 2011. His dissertation, The Varieties of Capitalist Development: The Political Determinants of Economic Governance Systems, focused on the impact that structural and institutional factors had in constraining policy makers and shaping economic governance systems in Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore. 

Research Interests

Thai Politics
The politics of economic development
The political economy of corporate governance
Comparative political institutions
Comparative refugee policies

Current Research/Writing Projects

·     Poverty reduction in rural Thailand with Dr. John Donaldson, Singapore Management University
Why does economic growth lead to rapid poverty reduction in some cases but not in others?  In this project, we explore the causes of radically different poverty reduction outcomes in two neighboring provinces, despite similarly impressive economic growth.

·     From electrons to photons: Industrial policy after Mahathir
This project evaluates Malaysia’s use of industrial policy to promote more dynamic, higher value-added manufacturing after the departure of Dr. Mahathir.  I argue that the lack of effective political constraints has limited the ability of the federal bureaucracy to effectively implement industrial policy but that the constraints faced by the Penang state government since 2008 has led to improvements in the implementation of industrial policy at that level.

·     The Diversity of Family Firms in the Thai Electronics Industry
Neither pre-crisis transnational capital flows nor post-crisis reforms have caused the widely held firm to displace the family-controlled conglomerate as the predominant form of corporate governance in Thailand. But family-controlled firms take a variety of forms.  In this paper I analyse the diverse corporate governance structures utilized by family controlled firms in the Thai electronics and electrical appliance industry.  I argue that family firms will exclude non-family stakeholders when the policy environment is highly particularistic.  Where policy is broadly targeted however, corporate structures will more thoroughly incorporate the interests of major stakeholders in order to reduce transaction costs and overcome principal-principal agency problems.

Book Chapters

  • 2015 “Open Source Pathways to Educational Development.” Book chapter accepted for publication in Fast Forwarding Higher Education Institutions for Global Challenges – Perspectives and Approaches (Springer). doi:10.1007/978-981-287-603-4. 
  • 2015 “From Electrons to Photons: Industrial Policy in the Malaysian High-tech Manufacturing Sector after Mahathir.” Book chapter accepted for publication in Malaysia Post Mahathir. Marshall Cavendish. ISBN-13: 978-9814677165

Journal Articles 

  • 2015 “Energy and Economic Benefits of LED Adoption in Malaysia.” Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews. Volume 49, September 2015, Pages 629–637. doi:10.1016/j.rser.2015.04.112.
  • 2015 “Leading or Following? International Societies, Southeast Asia, and the Issue of Migrant Workers: A Reply to Linda Quayle.” Global Discourse. Volume 5, Issue 3, 2015. doi:10.1080/23269995.2015.1053245.

Reports, Conference Papers & Grants 

  • RM 62,385 grant for  "Poverty and Economic Growth in Provincial Thailand, a Comparative Study" from Singapore Management University and supported by Singpaore's Ministry of Eduacation's Tier 1 Grant Programme. Project undertaken with Prof. John Donaldson of Singapore Managment University. 2013.
  • ‘Explaining the Persistence and Varieties of Family Controlled Businesses’ Paper presented at the Workshop on Family Firms Management Research in Jönköping, Sweden. 2012.
  • ‘The Diversity of Family Firms in the Thai Electronics Industry.’ Paper presented at the Thai Studies Association Conference in Melbourne, Australia. 2011.
  • Dissertation: Joel D. Moore (2011), ‘Varieties of Capitalist Development: The Political Determinants of Economic Governance Systems’, Emory University.
  • ‘Varieties of Capitalist Development’, Southern Political Science Conference. New Orleans, LA. USA. 2004
  • Research Grant Recipient, Fund for Internationalization, Emory University. 2004