• MAI Staff Research Profiles


    Deputy Director 

    Centre Directors

    • Prof Greg Barton. Centre of Southeast Asian Studies. Islam, Islamic social movements, civil society, politics and Islamist radicalism in Southeast Asia.
    • Dr Wendy Smith. Centre for Malaysian Studies. Cross-cultural management; employee relations in Asia; Japanese management transfer; international business; social protection in Malaysia; globalized religious organizations; managing religious diversity in the workplace; Islamic work ethics.
    • Professor Carolyn Stevens. Japanese Studies Centre. Social anthropology and cultural studies; social problems in Japan, including topics such as disability and poverty, as well as popular music and consumerism in postwar Japan.
    • Prof Marika Vicziany. National Centre for South Asian Studies. Mass poverty, Ethnic/Religious minorities in India, Pakistan and Western China, and Regional Security

    Administrative Officers

  • Researchers working on Asian regions

    Name Email Specialist area Affiliation
    Emeritus Professor David Chandler Cambodia, Pol Pot and Genocide in Cambodia SOPHIS
    Emeritus Professor Mark Wahlqvist National and International Nutrition Science, Education and Policy; Clinical Nutrition and Internal Medicine Faculty of Arts
    Prof A.K. Bagchi
    Institute of Development Studies, Kolkatta Indian economy Faculty of Arts
    Prof Zenon Pudlowski Engineering Education in the Asia Pacific Region Faculty of Arts
     Mr Hashim Abdulhamid  Arabic-Malay lexicography  LCL
    Dr Peter Chang    SOPHIS
    Dr Leon Comber    
    Dr Joost Coté Colonial Urban Culture with special reference to Java; Semarang: Colonization of Central Sulawesi; Kartini and sisters SOPHIS
    Dr Judith Shaw Microfinance and Micro-enterprise Development, Labour Migration and Migrant Remittances, the Asian Garment Manufacturing Sector, Politics of Post-Tsunami Reconstruction SOPHIS
    Mr Ian Adie International business  
    Dr Aneela Zeb Babar    
    Dr Jayant Bapat Hindu Deities and Temples SOPHIS
    Mr Farhan Bokhari
    International Journalist, Financial Times (London)
      Regional Security in South and Central Asia; Asia Pacific Regional Security Dialogues member  
    Ms Rita Camilleri Malaysian Politics  
    Dr Lance Castles Darul Islam and Indonesian Elections  
    Mr Paul Cheater The relationship between Western and Afghan Music Education  
    Ms Helene Chung-Martin China; Biography  
    Dr Andrew Cock Political and economic dynamics of agrarian change; peripheral states and peripheral territorial spaces in the modern international system; the governance of agriculture, energy, and climate change in the Southeast Asian region and at a global level. PSI
    Dr Ian Coghlan Tibetan Buddhism  
    Dr Leon Comber Malaysian Insurgency PSI
    Dr Sue Downie Development Studies, Australian Aid, Peace-keeping, Peace-building and development with special reference to Cambodia and East Timor missions, Dissemination of information in cross-cultural context (Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand)  
    Dr Angelo Andrea Di Castro Archaeology of South and Central Asia SOPHIS

    Dr Geetha Govindasamy

    Dr Joan Grant Australian-Vietnamese diplomatic relations, 1975–2005  
    Ms Istutiah Gunawan Cultures of Southeast Asia with special focus on Indonesia  
    Ms Smita Gupta
    Journalist, Times of India, Outlook
      India; Indian General Elections; Human rights violations, with special focus on communal and caste violence  
    Dr Alexandra Haendel History of Art and Archaeology; Classical Temples of Southeast Asia (Cambodia and Java); Ancient Angkor  
    Dr Elisabeth Hames-Brooks Indonesia; Australia-Asia relation; Poetry  
    Ms Chooi-Hon Ho Chinese in Australia and the Chinese diaspora LCL
    Dr Gidi Ifergan   SOPHIS
    Dr Lea Jellinek Indonesia, Poverty Specialist
    Action research on recycling of waste in villages in Indonesia
    Mr Edward Kiefer   Action research on recycling of waste in villages in Indonesia GES
    Dr Peter Laird Malaysian Shamanism and Culture; Traditional and tribal medicine; Multilingual geneological documentation and visualization software for indigenous researchers, Anthropologists and Sociologists  
    Associate Professor Peg Levine   PSI
    Dr Meei-Shyuan Lee Nutritional Science and Public Health Nutrition with special focus on Asia; Bio-Statitiscian and Epidemiologist  
    Dr Ian Mabbett   SOPHIS
    Prof S. D. Muni
    Professor of Asian Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University; India’s special envoy to Laos and Cambodia
      Regional Security in the Asia Pacific  
    Ms Katy Munson Artist; Fine Art research with special focus on Asia (Vietnam, Burma, Tibet and Buddhism)  
    Ms Uyen Nguyen Asian Films Project  
    Ms Anita Nayar      
    Mr Nurul Mu’az Omar   Politics, International Relations and Healthcare issues; Malaysian Youth and Democracy  
    Dr Maya Raganathan
    Manipal Institute of Communication, Karnataka, India Ethnic conflict in Kashmir and Sri Lanka and the use of the internet  
    Dr Sarita Sahay   Hindu mythology, folklore and tribal studies, women studies, adolescent studies PSI
    Dr Ahmad Sarmast Music and culture of Afghanistan and Central Asia Music
    Prof Shamsul, A.B.   World authority on Malaysian civilisation and culture  
    Sharmini Sherrard   PSI
    Mr Kannan Srinivasan     PSI
    Dr David Templeman   SOPHIS
    Mr David Treisman   PSI
    Dr Dennis Walker     PSI
    Dr Ann Wiggleworths   PSI
    Dr Guibin Zhang     PSI

  • Date: 24 May 2013 (Friday) Venue: Building A, Ground floor, Clayfield/Dining Rooms (A1.34), Monash University Caulfield Campus (For information on travelling, parking and map, please visit Organized by Monash Asia Institute, Monash University Co-organized by Institute for Research in Humanities, Kyoto University (Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (S) “A Japan-based Global Study of Racial Representations”) Registration required. RSVP (no later ... Read more