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Assistant Professor, Nanyang Technological University

Jikon Lai is Assistant Professor in the International Political Economy programme of S.Rajaratnam School of International Studies at Nanyang Technological University.

He has expertise in the global political economy of (both conventional and Islamic) finance and of economic governance. He also has research interest in the international relations and comparative politics of East Asia.


  • 2019–present
    Assistant Professor, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies
  • 2012–2015
    Lecturer in International Relations, University of Melbourne


  • 2010 
    The Australian National University, Ph.D. in International Relations
  • 2001 
    University of Oxford, M.Phil. in International Relations
  • 1999 
    London School of Economics and Political Science, B.Sc. Economics (First Class Honours)


  • 2017
    Conceptualizing Dynamic Challenges to Global Financial Diffusion: Islamic Finance and the Grafting of Sukuk, Review of International Political Economy
  • 2014
    Accountability and the Enforcement of Ethical Values in Finance: Insights from Islamic Finance, Australian Journal of Public Administration
  • 2014
    Industrial Policy and Islamic Finance, New Political Economy
  • 2012
    Khazanah Nasional: Malaysia’s Treasure Trove, Journal of the Asia Pacific Economy
  • 2012
    Asia’s Multi-Level Response to the Global Financial Crisis, Asia Europe Journal
  • 2012
    Financial Crisis and Institutional Change in East Asia, Palgrave Macmillan

Research Areas

  • International Relations (160607)
  • Comparative Government And Politics (160603)