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Dr. KOH Sin Yee (許心毓博士)

PhD(LSE), PGCertHE(LSE), MSc(LSE), MArch(NUS), BA(Arch)(NUS)

Postdoctoral Fellow

Contact Information

Office: B7504 AC1
Phone: 34427732
Fax: 34420413
Email: sinykoh@cityu.edu.hk
Web: Personal homepage

Research Interests

  • Postcolonial geography
  • Transnational migration
  • Citizenship (identity, membership, rights)
  • Urban studies
  • Asian cities

Teaching Interests

  • Migration studies
  • Urban studies
  • Research methods
  • Academic writing
Sin Yee completed her PhD in Human Geography and Urban Studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in January 2014. She holds an MSc in Contemporary Urbanism (with Distinction) from the LSE. Her previous career in architecture and urban development follows her BA (Architecture) and Master of Architecture from the National University of Singapore (NUS).

Sin Yee's current postdoctoral project, with Dr. Bart Wissink and Professor Ray Forrest, investigates the super-rich and their transnational real estate investments in Hong Kong and London.

Sin Yee's PhD project examined the relationship between British colonial legacies and a culture of migration amongst mobile Malaysians resident in London, Singapore, and Kuala Lumpur. (research blog)

Prior to her PhD research, she has worked in both the public and private sectors in Singapore. At the LSE, she founded Urban Vignettes, a collaborative visual-blog capturing how people experience and engage with city life.

Publication Show All Publications Show Prominent Publications


  • (2015). How and Why Race Matters: Malaysian-Chinese Transnational Migrants Interpreting and Practising Bumiputera-Differentiated Citizenship. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. 41(3). 531 - 550. doi:10.1080/1369183X.2014.937327
  • (forthcoming July 2015). State-led Talent Return Migration Programme and the Doubly-Neglected 'Malaysian Diaspora': Whose Diaspora, What Citizenship, Whose Development?. Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography.
  • (2015). Temporalities of Citizenship: Malaysian-Chinese Skilled Migrants in Singapore and Returnees to Malaysia. Asian and Pacific Migration Journal. 24(1). 3 - 27. doi:10.1177/0117196814565158
  • (29 Mar 2014). Encountering the archival research ‘field'. LSE Field Research Methods Lab. doi:http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/fieldresearch/2014/03/29/encountering-the-archival-research-field/
  • (2014). Review of Passion and Paranoia: Emotions and the Culture of Emotion in Academia, Charlotte Bloch. Ashgate, Burlington, VT (2012), 164 pp., hardback, £50.00, ISBN: 978-1-4094-4254-7. Emotion, Space and Society. 11. 119 - 120. doi:10.1016/j.emospa.2013.07.005
  • (Spring 2014). Whither the 'Asian' City?. The Newsletter. 67. 18 doi:http://www.iias.nl/sites/default/files/IIAS_NL67_18.pdf
  • (2013). Review of Holst, F. (2012). Ethnicization and Identity Construction in Malaysia. Abingdon, Oxon; New York: Routledge. Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism. 13/2. 269 - 271. doi:10.1111/sena.12038/abstract

Conference Paper

  • (2014). Tracing (Education-)Migration Geographies: Malaysian Diasporas and Returnees. The 9th International Malaysian Studies Conference. Kuala Terengganu. Malaysia: Malaysian Social Science Association.
  • (2012). Brain Drain or Banal Everyday Lives: Malaysians (and Ex-Malaysians) Negotiating Emotional Geographies of Diasporic Citizenship and Mobilities. Malaysian Studies Conference 8. (pp. 141 - 158). Kajang. Malaysia: Malaysian Social Science Association.

Book Chapter

  • (2015). Unpacking ‘Malaysia’ and ‘Malaysian Citizenship’: Perspectives of Malaysian-Chinese Skilled Diasporas. Dismantling Diasporas: Rethinking the Geographies of Diasporic Identity, Connection and Development. (pp. 129 - 143). Surrey; Burlington. Ashgate. 9781472430342.
  • (2014). Diasporic ‘Unbelonging’ to Malaysia and Singapore: Second-Generation Malaysian-Chinese Migrants in Singapore. The Age of Asian Migration: Continuity, Diversity, and Susceptibility Volume I. (pp. 358 - 372). Newcastle upon-Tyne. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 978-1-4438-5902-8.
  • (2005). How To Become A Famous Architect: Rem Koolhaas and the Construction of Image. Folio 06: Documents on NUS Architecture. (pp. 110 - 117). Singapore. National University of Singapore. 978-9810-52-697-9.

Service in CityU

Teaching Service

  • Jan 2015 - May 2015, POL3313 Governance in Asia.
  • Jun 2014 - Aug 2014, POL6803 Research Methods for Housing Studies.

Conferences Attended

  • 26 Mar 2015 - 29 Mar 2015, Association for Asian Studies (AAS) Annual Conference 2015, United States.
  • 11 Dec 2014 - 12 Dec 2014, The Eighth Global Social Sciences Conference: Trans-disciplinary Approaches to Global Social Sciences, Hong Kong.
  • 18 Aug 2014 - 20 Aug 2014, The 9th International Malaysian Studies Conference, Malaysia.
  • 31 Mar 2014 - 1 Apr 2014, The Road Less Travelled: Mobility in Southeast Asian Societies, Brunei Darussalam.

Academic Service

Invited Talks & Seminars

  • 24 Oct 2014, Department of Anthropology Friday Seminars Series, Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Media interviews

Last update date : 07 Apr 2015