IAS Staff



JAMMES, Jeremy

Director, Associate Professor

Jeremy JAMMES DEA (University of Paris X Nanterre), PhD (University of Paris X Nanterre)

Jeremy Jammes is Director of IAS. He is a social anthropologist and completed his PhD research on Caodaism in 2006 He is an Associate Professor of Social Anthropology in the IAS and has published widely on religious issues in Vietnam. Between 2010 and 2014, he served in Bangkok as Deputy Director, Head of Publications, and Strategic Adviser of the Research Institute on Contemporary Southeast Asia (IRASEC, CNRS-MAEE), for which he has (co-) edited three regional outlooks on contemporary Southeast Asia geopolitics.

CV of Associate Professor Jeremy Jammes

Email: jeremy.jammes@ubd.edu.bn

HASSAN, Noor Hasharina

Deputy Director, Lecturer

Dk Noor Hasharina bte Pg HJ Hassan BA (UBD), MSc (Southampton), PhD (Southampton)

Dk Dr Noor Hasharina is the Deputy Director of the Institute of Asian Studies and Lecturer in the Geography programme. She specialises in consumption patterns and spaces, urban studies as well as housing culture. Dr. Hasharina has an active research profile as exemplified in her participation in international conferences.

CV of Dk Dr. Noor Hasharina 

Email: hasharina.hassan@ubd.edu.bn

DHONT, Frank

Senior Lecturer

Frank DHONT MA (Lund), MA (UGM), PhD (Yale)

Frank Dhont is a Senior Lecturer in History at the IAS. As an Indonesianist and a historian, he is regularly involved in multidisciplinary initiatives and is founder and chair of the International Indonesia Forum. His major research interests include the reactions of both indigenous rulers and ordinary people to Japanese colonialism in the Netherlands Indies during World War II. He is also interested in the history of both World Wars in Asia and the spread of nationalism, especially in the context of colonial empires in Asia. He is currently working on the manuscript of as Outlasting Colonialism: Socio-political Change in the Javanese Principalities under the Japanese Occupation of Indonesia during World War II.

CV of Dr. Frank Dhont

Email: frank.dhont@ubd.edu.bn


FRANCO, Merlin F.

Assistant Professor

Merlin F FRANCO, M.Sc. Botany (Madras Christian College), Ph.D. Ethnobotany (Univ. of Madras)

Dr. Merlin Franco is Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at IAS. He is an ethnobiologist interested in the interrelationship between human culture, language and biodiversity (Biocultural Diversity). His doctoral research was a cross-cultural study of the Biocultural Diversity of four Indigenous communities in India. He believes that the traditional knowledge of the indigenous communities that is embedded in their respective native languages holds the key for prudent management of ecosystem services. In the past, Dr. Franco has worked with Curtin Sarawak Research Institute (2012-2015) and Earthwatch Institute- India (2011-2012). 

CV of Dr. Franco

Email: merlin.francis@ubd.edu.bn

HOON, Chang Yau

Associate Professor

Chang Yau HOON BA (UWA), PhD (UWA)

HOON Chang-Yau is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the Institute of Asian Studies, Universiti Brunei Darussalam. Prior to this appointment, he was the Sing Lun Fellow and Assistant Professor of Asian Studies at the School of Social Sciences, Singapore Management University (SMU), where he was also the Convener of the International and Asian Studies Programme. He is currently also an Adjunct Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia, where he obtained a PhD in Asian Studies (with Distinction) in 2007. He was awarded the SMU Research Excellence Award in 2014 and the SMU Teaching Excellence Award in 2012. His monograph, Chinese Identity in Post-Suharto Indonesia: Culture, Media and Politics (2008, Sussex Academic Press), was translated into Chinese and Indonesian. He is the co-editor of Chinese Indonesians Reassessed: History, Religion and Belonging (Routledge, 2013), and Catalysts of Change: Ethnic Chinese Business in Asia (World Scientific, 2014). His research focuses on issues related to race and ethnicity, religious identities, multiculturalism and multicultural education in Indonesia.

CV of Associate Professor Chang Yau Hoon

Email: changyau.hoon@ubd.edu.bn


JETIN, Bruno

Associate Professor

Bruno JETIN PhD (University Paris 13)

Bruno Jetin is an Associate Professor of Economics at UBD. He has a PhD in economics from the University of Paris Nord (France). He specialises in development, industrial and labour economics. He was previously a researcher at the Research Institute on Contemporary South East Asia (IRASEC, CNRS-MAEE) based in Bangkok (2013-2015). Prior to that, he was Associate Professor at the University of Sorbonne Paris Cité (1997-2013) and at the University of Rouen (1993-1997). His current research projects deal with Southeast Asian regional integration and its effect on inequality and social cohesion; the distribution of income and its impact on growth; and the global automotive industry.

CV of Associate Professor Bruno Jetin

Email: bruno.jetin@ubd.edu.bn


KING, Victor T.


Victor T. King PhD (Hull)

Victor T. King is Emeritus Professor of Southeast Asian Studies at Leeds University and Eminent Visiting Professor in the Institute of Asian Studies and Sociology-Anthropology at Universiti Brunei Darussalam. He has a wide range of research interests in the sociology and anthropology of Southeast Asia. His recent books include The Sociology of Southeast Asia: Transformation in a Developing Region (Copenhagen: NIAS Press and Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 2008; ebook 2011), with William Wilder The Modern Anthropology of South-East Asia: An Introduction (London: Routledge, 2003; reprinted 2006), and translated into Indonesian as Antropologi Modern Asia Tenggara: Sebuah Pengantar (Yogyakarta: Kreasi Wacana, 2012).

CV of Professor King

Email: victor.king@ubd.edu.bn


KOH, Sin Yee

Assistant Professor

Koh Sin Yee BA (NUS), MSc and PhD (LSE)

Koh Sin Yee is Assistant Professor of Geography at the IAS. She was previously Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Public Policy at City University of Hong Kong. Her research, positioned at the intersection of migration studies and urban studies, is informed by three areas of interests: (1) postcolonial geography and colonial legacies; (2) migration/mobilities and citizenship; and (3) urbanisation, inequality and social change.   

CV of Dr. Koh Sin Yee

Email: sinyee.koh@ubd.edu.bn


LIAN, Kwen Fee


LIAN Kwen Fee Ph.D (Victoria University of Wellington)

Lian Kwen Fee is Professor of Sociology at the IAS. He was formerly Associate Professor and Head of Sociology at the National University of Singapore. His background is in political and historical sociology and his current research interests are in race, migration, state, multiculturalism.

CV of Professor Lian Kwen Fee

Email: kwenfee.lian@ubd.edu.bn


RAHMAN, Md Mizanur

Associate Professor 

Md Mizanur RAHMAN PhD (NUS)

Md Mizanur Rahman is Associate Professor of Sociology at the IAS. His areas of expertise include migration and development in Asia, diaspora engagement, ethnic businesses, Asian labor migration, and migrant remittances. He is Editorial Review Board member of a number of international journals such as Migration Letters, Migration and Development, Remittance Review, South Asian Journal of Global Business Research, and Global Journal of Quantitative Science. His most recent co-edited books include ‘International Migration and Development in South Asia’ (London and New York: Routledge), Migrant Remittances in South Asia (London and New York: Palgrave Macmillan), International Migration in Southeast Asia (Heidelberg: Springer). He has published widely in the International Migration, the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, the Population, Space and Place, the Journal of International Migration and Integration, the Asian Population Studies, and the Asian Pacific Migration Journal.  

CV of Associate Professor Md Mizanur Rahman

Email: mizanur.rahman@ubd.edu.bn


Joint Appointees


ALAS, Yabit

Yabit bin ALAS BA (UBD), MA (Hawaii, Manoa), Dr. (Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia)

Formerly the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at UBD, Dr Yabit has co-edited a volume of essays in honour of Professor James T. Collins and is an expert on Borneo. Dr Yabit's research interests include studies of the Tutong-Dusun Language, the Dusunic Languages of Sabah, Sarawak and Brunei, and the Malay Language and its role in Brunei and the region. 

CV of Dr. Yabit Alas

Email: yabit.alas@ubd.edu.bn



Associate Professor

Gary M. JONES (Director) BA (Portsmouth) MA (Warwick), PhD (Wales)

Gary Jones is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences at UBD. Professor Jones’ research interests encompass linguistics-related research, especially issues on bilingualism and bilingual education, as well as local youth culture and the perception of the arts.

CV of Associate Professor Gary Jones

Email: gary.jones@ubd.edu.bn

MOHD DAUD, Kathrina


Kathrina bte DP HJ MOHD DAUD BA (York), MA (Warwick), PhD (Manchester)

Kathrina is a lecturer in the Literature programme in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. She is currently working on global contemporary popular fiction and its intersections with faith, with a particular interest in Anglophone Southeast Asian literatures. Kathrina is passionate about the creative industries in Brunei, and is involved with local literary and theatre communities. Previously Kathrina has been a US State Scholar at the University of Louisville, a Visiting Research Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies (2013) and a Visiting Scholar at the Southeast Asia Center at the University of Washington (2014).

CV of Dr. Kathrina Daud

Email: kathrina.daud@ubd.edu.bn




Zawawi Ibrahim received his PhD in social anthropology from Monash University, Melbourne. His current position is a joint appointment as a professor at the Institute of Asian Studies (IAS) and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at UBD. He researches and writes on new Malaysian cinema and contemporary popular music, indigenous communities and their storytelling, peasantry and rural labour, the new media, and multiculturalism in Malaysia. He is the leader for IAS Popular Culture research track. His current research is on popular culture in Brunei, Islamic cinema in Indonesia and religious diversity governance in Malaysia. His books include The Malay Labourer: By the Window of Capitalism (1998); Cultural Contestations : Mediating Identities in a changing Malaysian Society(1998); Representation, Identity and Multiculturalism in Sarawak (2008), Blogging and Democratization in Malaysia (with Jun-E Tan) (2008); Social Science and Knowledge in a Globalizing World (2012); Penan Society and Imagined Development (with NoorShah M.S) (2012); and Borneo Studies in History, Society and Culture ( Eds. with Victor King & Norsharina Hassan) (forthcoming). He has contributed articles to international journals, including Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, Critical Asian Studies, Modern Asian Studies, Journal of Contemporary Asia, Asian Studies Review, Asian Journal of Social Sciences, Southeast Asian Studies (Kyoto), Seoumen Antropologi, Spectator, Situations and Positions (forthcoming) .

CV of Professor Zawawi Ibrahim

Email: zawawi.ibrahim@ubd.edu.bn


Former Visiting Professors


EVERS, Hans-Dieter

Professor Hans-Dieter Evers is Emeritus Professor of Development Planning, ZEF University of Bonn and Senior Fellow, Centre for Policy Research and International Studies, Universiti Sains Malaysia. His career has led him from Monash University to Yale University, where he was Director of Graduate Southeast Asian Studies, to the University of Singapore, where he headed the sociology department, to Bielefeld University and the University of Bonn in Germany. He was Distinguished Visiting Professor of Sociology at the National University of Singapore, Visiting Professor at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris and Visiting Fellow at Trinity College, University of Oxford. His major publications include Monks, Priests and Peasants: A Study of Buddhism and Social Structure in Central Ceylon (Brill, 1972), Sosiologi Perkotaan (LP3ES Jakarta, 1982), Strategische Gruppen (Reimer, 1988), Southeast Asian Urbanism (ISEAS & McMillan, 2000) and as co-editor, Governing and Managing Knowledge in Asia (World Scientific, 2005, 2nd ed 2010, 3rd ed 2013) and Beyond the Knowledge Trap, Developing Asia's Knowledge-Based Economies (World Scientific, 2011).


CUONG, Bui The

Professor Cuong is senior researcher and professor of sociology at the Southern Institute of Social Sciences located in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam. Between 1999 and 2005 he was Vice-Director of the Institute of Sociology located in Ha Noi. From 2005 until 2012 he was Director of the Southern Institute of Social Sciences and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Social Sciences. He is currently leading several large research projects on social stratification, welfare, civil society and community research in Viet Nam. He has worked as a consultant for many research and development projects for international donors, including the ADB, UNFPA, Ford Foundation, and the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung. His major monogaphies in the Vietnamese language include “Viet Nam Social Policy and Social Work in 1990s” (2002), “In Social Welfare Space” (2005), “To Understanding the Social Change in Viet Nam Today” (2010). He is editor of the book “Vietnamese Women in Era of Rapid Social Change” (2010) and “Methods of Historical and Social Research” (2010). He is also co-editor of the book “Migration in Viet Nam in Period of Modernization and Industrialization” (2010) and “Water as Strategic Resource: The Mekong Delta Viet Nam” (2013).



Associate Professor Johan Fischer's work focuses on modern religion and markets in global perspective. More specifically, he explores the interfaces between class, consumption, market relations, religion and the state in a globalized world. A central focus in this research is the theoretical and empirical focus on the proliferation of religious commodities and services on a global scale. He is the author of Proper Islamic Consumption (NIAS Press 2008, 10th Anniversary Edition 2018), The Halal Frontier (Palgrave Macmillan 2011), Islam, Standards and Technoscience (Routledge 2015), Halal Matters (Routledge 2015), Religion, Regulation, Consumption (Manchester University Press 2017), Kosher and Halal Business Compliance (Routledge 2017) as well as numerous articles and chapters in edited volumes. He is Series Editor on Springer’s book series 'Asia in Transition' and on the Editorial Advisory Board of British Food Journal.


MAJID, Tan Sri Munir

Tan Sri Dr Munir Majid is a Visiting Senior Fellow at LSE IDEAS for the Southeast Asia International Affairs Programme, Dr Majid has held a variety of posts, including Chairmanship of Malaysia Airlines and Bank Muamalat Malaysia. He has contributed regularly to the New Straits Times, The Edge, and the Star (Malaysia). He was the Executive Chairman of CIMB and the founding Executive Chairman of the Malaysian Securities Commission in 1993-1999.


MAIER, Hendrik M.J

Professor Maier is a Leiden-trained philologist with a special interest in the Malay world. He taught Indonesian language and literature at Nijmegen University, and was a visiting scholar at Cornell University and Kyoto University. He held the chair of Indonesian and Malay studies at Leiden University until he was appointed Luce Professor of Southeast Asian Studies at the University of California, Riverside where he helped establish SEATRIP, a programme for Southeast Asian Studies. He has published widely on Malay and Indonesian literature, and has made Dutch translations of the work of prominent Indonesian and Malaysian authors.


Administrative Staff


SULEIMAN, Siti Mariah

Siti Mariah binti Suleiman completed her degree in Bachelor of Biomedical Science at University of Queensland, Australia in 2003. She joined Universiti Brunei Darussalam in July 2005 whereby she rendered her service to the Institute of Medicine. She was appointed as Assistant Registrar of UBD-IAS on 2nd of February 2015. Her main responsibility is to provide administrative and academic support to staff, students, and external individuals. She also supports various reporting needs for the Registrar.

Email: mariah.suleiman@ubd.edu.bn


JUDIN, Sarimah

Sarimah binti Judin joined UBD-IAS in 2015 from the Institite of Leadership, Innovation and Advancement (ILIA UBD). She has been working in UBD since 1986. She provides administrative support at IAS.

Email: sarimah.judin@ubd.edu.bn

OMAR, Zainah

Zainah provides administrative support at IAS. She joined UBD-IAS in 2012. Previously, she was working in UBD-FASS. She joined UBD in 1988. 

Email: zainah.omar@ubd.edu.bn