Research Fellow
Dr Hafiz Tareq Abdullah Khan
Appointed 10 January 2001 to 30 May 2001
Dr Abdullah Khan came to IIASA (collaborating institute of the Asian MetaCentre) in September 2000 to carry out post-doctoral research in Demography. He continued his research at Asian MetaCentre headquarters (CAS, NUS) in Singapore from January 2001. He received his Ph.D in Demography from Napier University, Edinburgh in collaboration with the University of Dundee, Scotland, UK in 1996.

He held teaching positions at the University of Dhaka and North South University, Bangladesh; and Napier University, UK. His interests lie in the areas of social and medical statistics, particularly large scale survey, modeling fertility, family planning and population and sustainable development in developing countries. He has published over 25 articles in peer reviewed journals.

He returned to the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh on 31 May 2001. He can be contacted at


    Post-Doctoral Fellow
Dr Evi Nurvidya Arifin
Appointed 21 May 2001 to 20 August 2002
Dr Evi Nurvidya Arifin has established experience on demography and applied statistics encompassing a variety of topics such as health and mortality, population projection, fertility and family planning, as well as migration. Her Ph.D. awarded in 2001, is in Social Statistics, the University of Southampton, United Kingdom, specializing in Demography. From her dissertation, she has gained a particular expertise in using multilevel statistical analysis, to examine the relative contribution of individual and contextual variables on a certain demographic behaviour and contraceptive behaviour in particular. Survival analysis has been used in the dissertation as another statistical approach to examine contraceptive use history.

She was a post-doctoral fellow at the Asian MetaCentre for Population and Sustainable Development Analysis in the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore. Rewriting her dissertation into several papers, applying the multilevel statistical analysis to migration data, being one of the editors of the working paper series of the Asian MetaCentre are her responsibilities as a post doctoral fellow. She was also assigned to be a member of organizing committee of an international workshop on "Fertility Decline, Below Replacement Fertility and the Family in Asia: prospects, consequences, and policies" conducted in April 10-12, 2002 in Singapore ( She has worked on a collaborative research work with Mahidol University, Thailand, with research theme on migration and health in Kanchanaburi province, Thailand. She has published her work in the national and international publications.

Working with large data sets such as Indonesian population census, intercensal population census, demographic and health survey, is also her expertise. In relation to that, she is familiar with using computer packages such as SAS, SPSS, and Mlwin (for multi-level statistical analysis). She loves teaching and she used to teach in both undergraduate and graduate program in the University of Indonesia. During her Ph.D program in Southampton, she also did part-time tutoring for undergraduate students. She served as a secretary of the graduate program on Population and Labour Studies University of Indonesia in 1996-1997. She started doing research by working as a research assistant in the Demographic Institute, Faculty of Economics, University of Indonesia, in 1989 and became a junior researcher between 1991-1997. During her time in the Institute, she had been intensively working on Indonesian population projection and its socio economic implication. She was also involved in more specific projections such as contraceptive prevalence projection and calorie consumption projection. She can be contacted at



  Visiting Professor
Professor Paul Boyle
Appointed 06 July 2004 to 30 July 2004

Professor Paul Boyle joined the Asian MetaCentre as a Visiting Professor from 6 - 30 July 2004. He was also Visiting Professor at the Asian MetaCentre from 12 - 18 February 2004. He is currently Director of the SDHI and Professor of Human Geography at the University of St Andrews. He is also Director of the Longitudinal Studies Centre - Scotland (LSCS), which is currently establishing the Scottish Longitudinal Study (SLS), and associate Director of the Census Interaction Data Service (CIDS), which provides access to origin - destination flow data from the national census. He is also co-editor of the journal Population, Space and Place. Prior to coming to the University of St Andrews he has worked in the universities of Swansea, Leeds and Canterbury (New Zealand).

Paul Boyle's research interests include geographical health and demographic issues. For example, he has published on: the relationship between migration and health; health inequalities; mortality in Scotland; the context versus composition debate; population mixing and its role in childhood leukaemia; accessibility issues for patients with end stage renal failure; and the clustering of Motor Neurone Disease. He has also published widely on migration including work on the effects of family migration on women's careers and modelling migration flows. He is co-author of Exploring Contemporary Migration (Longman, London) and is co-editor of Migration and Gender in the Developed World (Routledge, London) and Migration into Rural Areas: Theories and Issues (Wiley, London). A forthcoming book, The Geography of Health Inequalities in the Developed World: Views from Britain and North America (Ashgate, London), is due out shortly.


Programme Officer, Training Centre
Ms Delphine Gay
Appointed 15 July 2002 to 30 April 2005
Ms Delphine Gay joined the Asian MetaCentre in July 2002 as Program Officer for the Centre’s training centre based in the College of Population Studies, Chulalongkorn University. A graduate from England and Australia, her interests lie in the areas of public health, in particular health promotion and communication. Based at the College of Population Studies, she was involved in managing the APN training workshops and seminars taking place at CPS.

  Visiting Professor
Professor Elspeth Graham
Appointed 12 February 2004 to 30 July 2004
Elspeth Graham joined the Asian MetaCentre in February 2004 on a six-month Visiting Professorship. She was on leave from the University of St Andrews, UK where she is Reader in Geography and Head of School at the School of Geography and Geosciences. She is also concurrently a Commissioner on The Boundary Commission for Scotland which determines the boundaries of constituencies for the election of members to both the Westminster and Scottish parliaments. Her current research interests are in low fertility populations, health geography, and the philosophy and methodology of geography.

Elspeth Graham studied geography, economics and philosophy at the University of St. Andrews from where she received her MA. She received her PhD from the University of Durham and taught at the University of Minnesota, USA before returning to Scotland. She has published widely across her three main areas of interest and is currently principal investigator on a collaborative project funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council examining intergenerational relationships, the family and fertility in Singapore. Recent publications include "Spaces of silence: Single parenthood and the idealisation of the normal family in Singapore" Population, Space and Place, 10:43-58 (with T. Wong, B. Yeoh and P. Teo) and a chapter on "Low fertility in Scotland: a wider perspective" in the Registrar General's Annual Review of Demographic Trends, 2002 (with P. Boyle). She is co-editor of The Geography of Health Inequalities in the Developed World published by Ashgate in 2004.

Elspeth Graham has conducted research in Singapore for more than a decade and has been a regular participant in international workshops organized by the Asian MetaCentre. During the tenure of her Fellowship at the Asian MetaCentre & ARI, she intended to develop a research proposal on transnationalism and the health of left-behind families in four sending countries of South-East Asia, and to collaborate with colleagues at NUS in her field of research.

    Post-Doctoral Fellow
Dr Hoang Lan Anh
Appointed 03 November 2008 to 31 December 2010
Dr Hoang Lan Anh was a postdoctoral fellow at the Asian Metacentre for Population and Sustainable Development Analysis, Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore. Her research interests include migration, development, social change, gender and power relations. While at AMC, she worked on a research project entitled CHAMPSEA: ‘Transnational Migration in South-East Asia and the Health of Children left Behind’. Prior to joining AMC, Dr Hoang was working as a development practitioner and a researcher at central and grassroots levels in Vietnam. Her past working experience covers a wide range of issues from agriculture and rural development, social networks and agricultural extension, local governance and community forestry.



    Post-Doctoral Fellow
Dr Santosh Jatrana
Appointed September 2002 to October 2004
Dr Santosh Jatrana joined the Asian MetaCentre as a postdoctoral fellow in September 2002. She is a demographer with particular research interests in child survival, women’s health and welfare issues, aging and health, HIV/AIDS, demography of ethnic minority population, gender issues and implementation of population policies and programs. She obtained her PhD in Demography from the Australian National University, Canberra, M.Phil in Population Studies and M.A. in Geography with specialization in Population Geography from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She also holds a certificate in University Teaching from Flinders University of South Australia and teaching is her first choice.

Her work experience in India and Australia covers a wide range of institutional set-ups including academic as well as governmental organisations. In the course of her career, she has worked as a consultant for Europa Publications, London and Warringal Publications, Victoria, Australia, lecturer and researchers at Flinders University of South Australia and the Australian National University, served as a research and statistical officer of Family Planning, Australia, and worked in Australian Public Service (APS) as a researcher in Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). She also has had five years of teaching experience to undergraduate Honours students in a postgraduate college in India and approximately four years of research and field survey experience at Jawaharlal Nehru University.

Her research work included explaining gender disparity in child health in India and examining health issues of older adults in Singapore. She has published and submitted her findings in peer-reviewed journals on different topics such as sex differentials, HIV/AIDS and infant mortality. She has attracted a lot of competitive travel grants for presenting papers in various international conferences. She can be contacted at


    Visiting Senior Research Fellow
Professor Gavin Jones
Appointed 01 March 2003 to 31 May 2003

Professor Gavin Jones joined the Asian MetaCentre as a Visiting Senior Research Fellow from March to May 2003. He was currently Professor of the Demography and Sociology Program (formerly Demography Program) of the Australian National University (ANU), and has been with the program for the past 27 years. After being awarded his PhD from this program in 1966, he worked as a staff associate of the Population Council in New York till 1975, mainly on assignments in South-East Asia. He served as consultant to the National Economic Development Board (now National Economic and Social Development Board) in Thailand, and as Population Council representative in Indonesia, working with the Demographic Institute in University of Indonesia. He taught in the Faculty of Economics and Administration, University of Malaya, and in ANU’s postgraduate programs. He spent 15 months as a consultant to the Ministry of Population and Environment in Indonesia.

In recent years, Gavin Jones has combined an active program of research with advisory work for bodies such as the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the World Bank. He coordinated a large project of policy-relevant research in Eastern Indonesia, funded by AusAID, which involved a successful program of collaborative research between the Demography Program at the Australian National University and the National Institute of Sciences (LIPI) in Indonesia. In the 1990s, he led Program Review and Strategy Development missions for the UNFPA in Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, Cambodia and Lao PDR. At the end of 2001, Gavin Jones was elected Chair of the Council of CICRED (the Committee for International Cooperation in National Research in Demography), a Paris-based organization with about 600 member centres worldwide.



Visiting Senior Research Fellow
Associate Professor Philip F. Kelly
Appointed 5 – 30 April 2006



Assoc Prof Philip F. Kelly was a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Asian Metacentre headquarters at the National University of Singapore (NUS) during 5 - 30 April 2006.


Philip Kelly is Associate Professor of Geography at York University, Toronto, Canada.  He was educated at Oxford, McGill and the University of British Columbia, and formerly taught in the Southeast Asian Studies Programme at NUS.  His current research examines the labour market integration of Filipino immigrants in Toronto, the transnational linkages created with communities and families in the Philippines, and the process of socio-economic change in sending areas.


He is author of ‘Landscapes of Globalization: Human Geographies of Economic Change in the Philippines’ (Routledge, 1999) and co-editor of ‘Globalization and the Asia-Pacific: Contested Territories’ (Routledge, 2000).


He is currently co-investigator and Migration domain leader in a major Canadian research initiative on agrarian transitions in Southeast Asia (ChATSEA).  He is also the Economic domain leader for the Centre of Excellence for Research on Immigration and Settlement (CERIS) in Toronto. 

    Research Assistant
Theodora Lam
Appointed 4 May 2004 to 21 August 2005
Ms Theodora Lam holds a B.Soc.Sc from the University of Waikato and B.A. (Hons) from the National University of Singapore. She was a Graduate Research Scholar at the Department of Geography, National University of Singapore. Theodora has completed her M.Soc.Sci thesis focusing on the increasing mobility of knowledge through the transnationalisation of a Singapore-style educational system as well as the educators themselves. Her research interests cover transnationalism, migration, population, gender studies and geographical education. She also holds a Diploma in Education (Credit) from the National Institute of Education and has worked previously as a teacher. Her publications include a journal article in Asian and Pacific Migration Journal (with Prof Brenda Yeoh and Dr. Lisa Law) and a forthcoming article in Asia Pacific Viewpoint (with Prof Brenda Yeoh).

    Visiting Senior Research Fellow
Professor Harold Lentzner
Appointed 29 April 2002 to 4 July 2002
Professor Harold Lentzner was a Visiting Senior Research Fellow in residence at the Asian Metacentre headquarters at the National University of Singapore (NUS) during 29 April - 4 July 2002. Lentzner is an epidemiologist and demographer with particular interests in the dynamics of health and aging, longitudinal data systems, and the efficient use of population-based health information on aging populations. For 15 years he was at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia and Washington, D.C., working in the general area of chronic disease and aging. Before leaving CDC, he was Special Assistant for Chronic Disease and Aging Activities at the National Center for Health Statistics developing a research program focussing on health transitions. In this capacity, he was a member of a variety of intergovernmental advisory groups. He is currently a private consultant.

Harold Lentzner received his Ph.D. in demography from the University of Pennsylvania and a master's degree in political science from the University of Wisconsin. Most recently he has collaborated with colleagues on an analysis of data from a US longitudinal study of aging to chart changes in “healthy aging” and examine the interaction between functional states, life expectancy, and health care utilization and costs. He also has coordinated development on a comprehensive on-line data warehouse on health and aging (, and has renewed an interest in social history collaborating with Dr. Gretchen Condran on an analysis of urban infant and child mortality at the turn of the 20th century.

During his stay at NUS, Harold Lentzner assisted in planning the Asian Metacentre’s workshop on “Health Consequences of Population Changes in Asia: What Are the Issues,” to be held in Bangkok in June and developed a report based on the proceedings. He also interacted with scholars associated with the Asian Metacentre and NUS and helped to develop a research agenda on population change and health. He can be contacted at



    Management Support Officer
Leong Wai Kit
Appointed 23 July 2001 to 16 January 2005
Mr Leong Wai Kit joined the Asian MetaCentre, based in the National University of Singapore, in July 2001 as a Management Support Officer in the Centre. His portfolio included supporting the Asian MetaCentre in all administrative aspects including the management of events and publication editorial work. He was also the web designer and administrator of the centre's website.

    Post-Doctoral Fellow
Dr Kannan Navaneetham
Appointed 30 October 2000 to 29 March 2002
Dr Kannan Navaneetham joined the Asian MetaCentre as a postdoctoral fellow on October 30, 2000. He holds a Master degree in statistics from University of Madras, Chennai and Ph.D degree in Demography from University of Bombay, Mumbai, India. He has ten years of teaching experience in the United Nations sponsored Global Programme of Population and Sustainable Development conducted at Centre for Development Studies (CDS), Trivandrum, India and taught courses on Demographic techniques and Integrated Projections. He also served as Associate Coordinator of this programme in CDS during the academic year 1998-99. He was a visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Population Studies at the American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon during the period 1995-97 and gave courses to the graduate student in population studies. Kannan Navaneetham took leave as an Associate Fellow from Centre for Development Studies, Trivandrum - a premier social science research institution in India.

As a statistical demographer, Kannan Navaneetham started his research work on evaluating the multivariate statistical graphics for clustering techniques and exploring its application to demographic data analysis. Later he worked on studying the regional variations of mortality trends; maternal mortality estimation and trends; and utilization of maternal health care services in the Indian context. His recent research work includes Population Projection and Policy Implications of Educational Planning in Kerala and a teaching text on Integrated Population Projection under the Population and Development Programme. He has published several papers in the national and international journals; and in the edited volumes; and co-author of a book titled Demographic Transition in Kerala in the 1980s.

Kannan Navaneetham worked here on accuracy of the past population projection in the Southeast Asian countries. He also worked on probabilistic and multi-state population projection for Southeast Asian Countries along with the study team on population forecasting. Further, he intended to study the comparative perspectives of age structural transition and policy implications for South and Southeast Asian Countries. In addition to his research work, Kannan Navaneetham was engaged in developing a data bank in the Asian MetaCentre as well as supporting the activities of working paper series.

Kannan Navaneetham rejoined the Centre for Development Studies at Trivandrum, India from 30 March 2002. He will be contactable at



  Post-Doctoral Fellow
Nguyen Thanh Liem
Appointed 25 June 2004 to 24 June 2005

Liem Nguyen joined the Asian MetaCentre as a postdoctoral fellow in June 2004. He is a demographer and sociologist with particular interests in demography - migration in particular, health, the effects of economic development on these processes, and social policies.

He obtained his undergraduate degree in economics (Demography concentration) from National Economic University and sociology from National University for Social Sciences and Humanities of Vietnam. He started his career as a junior researcher at the Institute of Sociology in 1996. He took on-leave from the Institute and obtained his master and doctoral degrees in sociology from Brown University. His MA thesis entitled "Migration Intentions in Urban Vietnam" was done in 2001, which was then published in 2002. His doctoral dissertation entitled "Migration and Health in Urban Areas of Vietnam" was just completed in 2004.

Liem's work experience covers a wide range of topics, but mostly related to migration and health. He has presented in various professional meetings and his most recent work, which is his dissertation, was on this topic. Before that, he worked on migration in Ghana and found quite interesting similarities and differences to the case of Vietnam. He plans to keep working on the topic of migration and health on a larger scale of comparison across countries.


  Research Assistant
Nguyen Thi Thanh Tam
Appointed 01 April 2010 to 31 December 2010

Ms Nguyen Thi Thanh Tam was Research Assistant at the Asian MetaCentre between 1 April and 31 December 2010. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the National University of Singapore. Her research interests include healthcare for people with psychological disorders and children with psychological abnormalities. She is particularly interested in research on Vietnam.

    Visiting Senior Research Fellow
Professor Elsie Pamuk
Appointed 29 April 2002 to 4 July 2002
Professor Elsie Pamuk was Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Asian MetaCentre during 29 April - 4 July 2002. Elsie Pamuk holds a Master degree in Social Welfare from the University of California, Berkeley and a PhD in Demography from the University of Pennsylvania in 1989. Prior to receiving her doctorate, she worked in the Population Division at the United Nations and taught demography and statistics at Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey and at Emory University and the University of Georgia in the United States. From 1985 through 1987, Elsie Pamuk worked on the U.S. fertility survey (the National Survey of Family Growth) conducting research on health aspects of pregnancy and childbirth. Upon completing her doctorate, she joined the Epidemic Intelligence Service at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia where she received advanced training in epidemiology and worked as a nutritional epidemiologist. Dr. Pamuk remained in the Division of Nutrition at the CDC for four years; during this time she conducted surveys of infant mortality and nutritional status among Afghan refugees in Pakistan, helped establish an surveillance system for obesity among American Indian schoolchildren, and conducted research on obesity, weight change, and nutrition.

In 1993 Elsie Pamuk moved to the National Center for Health Statistics in Washington, D.C. to resume research related to methodological issues of population health assessment with a focus on measuring health disparities. She has authored papers and reports on socioeconomic disparities in health and income inequality and health in addition to continuing to work on obesity and broader methodological issues in population health assessment. From 1996 to 2000, Elsie Pamuk was Acting Director for the Division of Epidemiology, where she oversaw activities related to several national longitudinal surveys and record linkage projects. In September 2000, she left the Washington D.C. area and moved to Orcas Island in Washington State. Since that time she has retained a half-time special appointment as Research Expert at the National Center for Health Statistics working on projects related to the measurement of health disparities and summary measures of population health. Elsie Pamuk also acts as a private consultant to the Department of Community Medicine at the University of San Francisco and the Seattle Health Department.

During her stay at NUS, Elsie Pamuk assisted in planning the Asian Metacentre’s workshop on “Health Consequences of Population Changes in Asia: What Are the Issues,” to be held in Bangkok in June and developing a report based on the proceedings. She also interacted with scholars associated with the Asian Metacentre and NUS and helped to develop a research agenda on population change and health. She can be contacted at


  Post-Doctoral Fellow
Dr Andiara Schwingel
Appointed 30 May 2007 – 15 August 2008

Dr Andiara Schwingel was a postdoctoral fellow at the Asian Metacentre for Population and Sustainable Development Analysis, Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore. She was working on the research project titled CHAMPSEA: ‘Transnational Migration in South-East Asia and the Health of Children left Behind’. She recently earned a Ph.D. degree from University of Tsukuba (Japan) in Sport Medicine. Her research interests are in the areas of public health, well-being of immigrants and ethnic minorities, prevention of non-communicable diseases and lifestyle.


  Visiting Senior Research Fellow
Dr Tracey Lynn Skelton
Appointed 3 – 22 April 2006

Dr Tracey Skelton was a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Asian Metacentre headquarters at the National University of Singapore (NUS) during 5 - 30 April 2006


She is working on a journal article which examines the ways in which the Guardian newspaper, as part of the British print media, represented the 'Asian tsunami disaster'. Through textual and discourse analysis Tracey is particularly interested in whether a representation of 'vulnerability' is evident.


This piece of work is the first that Dr. Skelton has conducted which is related to Asia. Her main geographical focus has been the UK and the Caribbean. However, she is currently investigating the possibilities of work which links her Caribbean scholarship with future research in South East Asia. Tracey Skelton is a Senior Lecturer in Social and Cultural Geography at Loughborough University, UK. She studied for BA (hons) degree in Human Sciences at Jesus College Oxford and her Ph.D. in the Department of Geography at The University of Newcastle, UK. Tracey is the editor of An Introduction to the Pan-Caribbean (2004, Arnold Press) and the author of several articles and chapters relating to her work on the Caribbean region. Her specific area of expertise in the region is on the British Overseas Territory of Montserrat with her most recent work focusing on the volcanic crisis and the re-development of the island. Her other areas of expertise include children's and young people's geographies, and the social and political identities of vulnerable young people, in particular D/deaf people, lesbians and gay men. She currently co-holds an Arts and Humanities Research Council grant which is examining the ways in which D/deaf people engage (or not) with the Internet.


    Post-Doctoral Fellow
Dr Mika Toyota
Appointed 28 October 2002 to 27 October 2004
Dr Mika Toyota joined the Asian MetaCentre as a postdoctoral fellow in October 2002. She is a social anthropologist with particular interests in the following fields - transnational migration between East and Southeast Asia; ethnic minorities and the state; gender issues in development; and the cultural representation in tourism. She obtained her undergraduate degree in sociology from Sophia University, Tokyo, and her Masters and doctorate in Southeast Asian Studies from the University of Hull, UK. She has three years teaching experience in the Centre for Southeast Asian Studies and the Sociology/Social Anthropology Department in Hull.

Her doctoral thesis, which was on trans-national migration of the ethnic minorities in the Thai, Burma and China borderlands, is now being reworked as a monograph to be published by Curzon-Routledge. This book will form part of the series, The Modern Anthropology of Southeast Asia: Ethnic Minorities and Social Change in Southeast Asia and is designed to be an up-to-date, accessible ethnographic monograph on the region, taking into account response to development, globalisation and change.

Her research project looked at the transnational networks underpinning labour migration in East and Southeast Asia. Ethnic/gender stratification, and health and social conditions are important aspects of the project. Burmese maids in Thailand and Thai construction workers in Taiwan are the main sample groups. She has organised a panel, ‘Ethnicity, gender and networks: transnational migration between East and Southeast Asia’ at ICAS3 in 2003.

Mika Toyota has published several chapters in edited books and articles in refereed journals in English and Japanese. Her publications included ‘Changing Chinese Identities and Migration in the Borderlands of China, Burma and Thailand’ in Globalizing Chinese Migration published by Ashgate in 2002. She can be contacted at


    Research Assistant
Ms Theresa Wong
Appointed 3 August 2001 to 2 November 2003

Ms Theresa Wong joined the Asian MetaCentre in 2001 as a research assistant upon completion of her BA (Honours) in Geography at the National University of Singapore. Besides supporting the various activities of the Centre, she has been engaged in her own research and publication work, which focus on the social and policy dimensions of population and migration issues. She concluded a study on the marginalization of single parent families in Singapore, and has to date contributed to various reports and publications on transnational labour migration, gender and policy, as well as population issues in Singapore. Theresa is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Geographic Information Science from the University of London. She can be contacted at .


    Post-Doctoral Fellow
Dr Xiang Biao
Appointed 5 February 2003 to 4 February 2004
Dr Xiang Biao (BA and MA in Sociology, Beijing University; PhD in Anthropology, Oxford) joined the Asian MetaCentre as a postdoctoral fellow jointly with the Asia Research Institute, NUS in February 2003. He has worked on migration and social change in China, India and Australia over the last decade. His main work includes a long-term ethnographic study on a migrant community in Beijing (A Village beyond Borders. Chinese by Sanlian Press, 2000; English by Brill Academic Publishers, forthcoming), a sociological research on migrant workers in the Pearl River delta in southern China (“Peasant Workers” and Urban Development. Beijing University, 1995; partly reprinted in Chinese Youth Studies, 1998, issue I-VI) and an interdisciplinary study on migrant Indian computer professionals in Australia (Global "Body Shopping". 2002, PhD thesis and Princeton University Press, forthcoming). His PhD project aimed to explore a new international labour system in the era of globalisation and to examine its impacts on the local society in India.

Xiang published a series of articles in journals including International Migration, Asian and Pacific Migration Journal, China Quarterly and Chinese Social Sciences Quarterly, and a few of them were reprinted. He also contributed papers to the World Migration Report 2002 (International Organization for Migration) and other edited books.

Xiang was a Research Officer of the International Organization for Migration (2002) and a Visiting Fellow of University of Wollongong, Australia (2000-01). He is a Global Research Associate of Center for Comparative Immigration Studies, University of California, San Diego, a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for the World Congress on Human Movements and Immigration in Barcelona (2004) and members of various professional bodies. He was extensively involved in policy consultations for government and non-government organisations in China from 1993 to 1998 and was interviewed by media agencies including BBC, ABC (Australia), Chinese Central TV and Chinese Central Radio.

During his postdoctoral tenure at NUS, Xiang Biao plans to finalise the book manuscript based on his Ph.D. thesis; conduct a short-term field research project on migration and health in China; and co-organise two panels on Transnational Migration from India and China: A Comparative Perspective, at the Third International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS3), 19-22 August 2003, Singapore.

He can be contacted at


    Management Support Officer
Ms Maneatonufus Bte Yusoff
Appointed 13 July 2000 to 30 June 2001

Ms Manea had been with the Asian MetaCentre as a Management Support Officer from 13 July 2000 - 30 June 2001.



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