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Dr Sin Yee Koh Assistant Professor, Institute of Asian Studies

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Dr Sin Yee Koh

Assistant Professor, Institute of Asian Studies


Koh Sin Yee is Assistant Professor of Geography at the IAS. She was previously Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Public Policy at City University of Hong Kong. Her research, positioned at the intersection of migration studies and urban studies, is informed by three areas of interests: (1) postcolonial geography and colonial legacies; (2) migration/mobilities and citizenship; and (3) urbanisation, inequality and social change.


PhD in Human Geography and Urban Studies, London School of Economics and Political Science


- Transnational migration and mobilities (particularly education migration as a first step to long-term and onward migration; cross-border and transnational family lives)
- Citizenship: differentiated identity, membership, and rights
- Colonial legacies (particularly ethnicity, education, social class)
- Urbanisation, inequality, financialisation, and social change
- Intermediaries, agents and brokers (in relation to migration and urbanisation)
- Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, Hong Kong, China


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Koh, S.Y., and Wissink, B. (2018) Enabling, Creating and Structuring Elite Transnational Lifestyles: Intermediaries of the Super-Rich and the Elite Mobilities industry. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 44(4), 592–609. doi:10.1080/1369183X.2017.1315509

Chan, Y.W. & Koh, S.Y. (Eds.) (2018) New Chinese Migrations: Mobility, Home, and Inspirations. Routledge.

Koh, S.Y. (2017) Race, Education, and Citizenship: Mobile Malaysians, British Colonial Legacies, and A Culture of Migration. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. doi:10.1057/978-1-137-50344-2

Koh, S.Y. (2017) Property Tourism and the Facilitation of Investment-Migration Mobility in Asia. Asian Review, 30(1), 27–45.

Forrest, R., Koh, S.Y., and Wissink, B. (Eds.) (2017) Cities and the Super-Rich: Real Estate, Elite Practices, and Urban Political Economies. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. doi:10.1057/978-1-137-54834-4


Rogers, D., and Koh, S.Y. (2017) The Globalisation of Real Estate: The Politics and Practice of Foreign Real Estate Investment. International Journal of Housing Policy, 17(1), 1–14. doi:10.1080/19491247.2016.1270618

Koh, S.Y., Wissink, B., and Forrest, R. (2016) Reconsidering the Super-rich: Variations, Structural Conditions, and Urban Consequences. In I. Hay and J. Beaverstock (Eds.) Handbook on Wealth and the Super-Rich (pp. 18–40). Cheltenham; Norhampton, MA: Edward Elgar. doi:10.4337/9781783474042.00008

Koh, S.Y. (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

Koh, S.Y. (2015) State-led Talent Return Migration Programme and the Doubly Neglected ‘Malaysian Diaspora’: Whose Diaspora, What Citizenship, Whose Development? Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography, 36(2), 183–200. doi: 10.1111/sjtg.12107

Koh, S.Y. (2015) Postcolonial Approaches to Migration in Asia: Reflections and Projections. Geography Compass, 9(8), 432–444. doi:10.1111/gec3.12226


UBD/RSCH/1.2/RG/2018/001, "The Pursuit of Chinese Language among Bruneian Youths: Social, Cultural and Economic Factors", Co-PI, Mar 2018–Sept 2019
UBD/RSCH/URC/RG/2017/001, "Employability of Recent Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) Graduates: A Pilot Qualitative Study", PI, Nov 2017–Jan 2018
URC/ORI/URC/RG(337)/U01, "Investing in ‘Homes’ Across the Border: Comparing the Cases of Brunei-Miri and Singapore-Johor Bahru", PI, Jan 2016–Jun 2018


Consultant, ‘Young People and Social Inclusion in the Multicultural City’, Deakin University, Australia, May-Oct 2017
Consultant, Talent Corporation Malaysia Berhad, Dec 2012-Nov 2013


Architecture and urban development (private and public sectors in Singapore)


Founder of collaborative blog, Urban Vignettes (, 2012-present