I am a research fellow with the Murdoch University Executive Education Centre. Prior to this role, I worked in various research and advocacy capacities with private consultancies, think tanks, and non-governmental organisations. I have extensive experience in the region, working on public policy issues involving economic and political reforms, and have undertaken in depth research and analysis in these areas.
I have been educated both in Malaysia and Australia and hold a PhD in economics from the Australian National University. Broadly, my research interests are in understanding the links between individuals, institutions and economic growth. More specifically, I am interested in the political economy and institutional arrangements of countries “stuck in the middle income trap” in the Indo-Pacific region and Australia’s relationship with these economies.
I am also a fellow at the Asia Research Centre and a member of the Centre for Responsible Citizenship and Sustainability, both at Murdoch University’s School of Management and Governance in Perth, Western Australia. I also hold an ongoing visiting fellowship at the Department of Political and Social Change, College of Asia and the Pacific at the Australian National University.