Dr Victor Terence King


Distinguished Professor, Institute of Asian Studies


Victor T. King has served for four years (2017-2022) as Professor of Borneo Studies, UBD-Institute of Asian Studies (IAS). Previously he was an Eminent Visiting Professor (2012-2013) and Distinguished Visiting Fellow (2014-2015) at the Institute (and see ias.ubd.edu.bn/ias-staff/victor-king/). He has been appointed for a further year (2002-2003) as a Distinguished Professor in the Institute of Asian Studies. He is a sociologist-anthropologist, and is also Emeritus Professor in the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies, University of Leeds, Senior Editorial Advisor in the Regional Center for Social Science and Sustainable Development, Faculty of Social Sciences, Chiang Mai University, Thailand (from 2016), where he also served as an Adjunct Professor (2015-2016) and currently Visiting Professor in the Korea Institute for ASEAN Studies, Busan University of Foreign Studies, Republic of Korea. Formerly he was Executive Director of the White Rose East Asia Centre at the Yorkshire Universities of Leeds and Sheffield (2006-2012), and prior to his appointment to East Asian Studies at Leeds (where he was a Visiting Professor, 2003-2005), he served variously at the University of Hull during his 32-year career there (1973-2005) as Director of the Centre for South-East Asian Studies, Dean of Social and Political Sciences, Director of the University Graduate School and Pro-Vice-Chancellor. He was Professor of South-East Asian Studies at Hull University for 17 years (1988 to 2005).
Since his retirement from academic life in the UK in 2010 and his involvement in the work of the Institute he has edited/co-edited 22 books and journal special issues on topics ranging across tourism in East and Southeast Asia; UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Southeast Asia; tourism and ethno-development; Southeast Asian Studies and area studies generally; Borneo Studies; human insecurities in Southeast Asia; indigenous Amazonia; and the history,origins, social structure, recent transformations and a general view of Brunei Darussalam. These have been published variously by Routledge, Springer, NIAS Press, University of Hawai'i Press, and Cambridge Scholars Publishing. He has recently published a co-edited book with Professor Ooi Keat Gin, a Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Brunei (2023); he is currently working on a book, in two parts, with Professor Ooi Keat Gin on Pioneers and Critical Thinkers in Southeast Asian Studies (Springer); the first part has been submitted to the publishers; a co-edited volume on the theme of Borneo Within, Borneo Beyond: Issues and Perspectives (Springer) with Bruno Jetin, Jacqueline Pugh-Kitingan and Noor Hasharina Hassan; and a co-authored book on The Iban of Brunei: Continuity and Change (Springer) with Magne Knudsen. Since 2016 he has also edited six special issues of journals, over 50 journal articles and chapters in books, six Working Papers and 20 book reviews. A book edited by one of his former PhD students, Professor Ooi Keat Gin, former Professor of History at Universiti Sains Malaysia and Professor at the Academy of Brunei Studies, UBD, with contributions from his former PhD students, titled Borneo and Sulawesi: Indigenous Peoples, Empires and Area Studies (Routledge, 2019), gave recognition to Victor King's contribution to Borneo Studies and Southeast Asian Studies. During his long career in anthropology, sociology and Southeast Asian Studies he has published some 13 single and co-authored books, over 60 edited and co-edited books, plus general editing of over 100 publications (for Routledge, Oxford University Press, University of Hull Press/CSEAS, Chiang Mai University Press, The British Academy), approaching 20 data papers, working papers and research reports, over 160 journal articles and book chapters, over 130 short pieces (articles, research notes, orations, dictionary entries, forewords, guides and journalism), and over 180 book reviews (see his website, victortking.org; semanticscholar.org/author/Victor-T.-King/82366560?sort=influence&page=20).


MA with distinction, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London;
Ba, PhD, Sociology, Geography and Anthropology, University of Hull


Sociology and anthropology of Southeast Asia; tourism, culture and heritage; ethnicity and identity; development studies; museum ethnographic and photographic studies; Southeast Asia as a region and the rationale of Southeast Asian Studies; methodologies in sociology and anthropology; historical sociology with reference to Southeast Asia


The Iban of Brunei; Change, Adaptation and Response, (with Magne Knudsen)

The project continues research among the Iban of Temburong, but extends it to other Iban communities in Brunei. It is a a neglected field of studies, dominated by work and publications on the Iban of Sarawak. This research project aims to redress the balance in examining a marginal and minority population of the Iban diaspora in Brunei.

Applications Invited

Southeast Asia: Pioneers and Critical Thinkers (with Prof Ooi Keat Gin)

This is a compendium in two parts to be published by Sprinter, Singapore which provides biographies of eminent researchers on Southeast Asia, and evaluates their major contributions to our understanding of Southeast Asian histories, geographies, politics, cultures and societies.

Applications Invited

Borneo Within, Borneo beyond: Issues and Perspectives

A volume emerging from the Borneo Studies Network and Institute of Asian Studies Conference in 2021 at Universiti Brunei Darussalam which examined current research in Borneo and crucial issues facing the island.

Applications Invited

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Scopus Publications


Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Brunei, Victor T. King, London and New York: Routledge, 2023 (edited with Ooi Keat Gin).

Origins, History and Social Structure in Brunei Darussalam. London and New York: Routledge, 2021 (edited with Stephen C. Druce).

Continuity and Change in Brunei Darussalam. London and New York: Routledge, 2021 (edited with Stephen C. Druce).

Tourism and Ethnodevelopment: Inclusion, Empowerment and Self-determination (with Ismar Lima de Borges; 'Tourism and Ethnodevelopment: An Introduction', pp. 3-23 ), London and New York: Routledge, 2018.

Human Security, Marginality and Precariousness in Southeast Asia’, International Journal of Asia Pacific Studies, vol. 17(1), pp. 1-28, 2021 (with Paul J. Carnegie and Magne Knudsen).


Tourism in Southeast Asia: Challenges and New Directions, ed. Copenhagen: NIAS Press and Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press, 2008 (with Michael Hitchcock and Michael Parnwell, 'Introduction: Tourism in Southeast Asia Revisited', pp. 1-42).

Tourism in South-East Asia, London: Routledge, 1993, reprint, 2019, hardback and paper in the Routledge Library Editions series, Business and Economics in Asia vol 32, with a new Preface, pp. xi-xiv (with Michael Hitchcock and Michael Parnwell; 'Tourism in South-East Asia: Introduction, pp. 1-31; Victor T. King, 'Tourism and Culture in Malaysia', pp. 99-116);

The Peoples of Borneo
VT King, Oxford: Blackwell, 1993

The Modern Anthropology of South-East Asia: an introduction,
VT King, WD Wilder, London Routledge, reprint, 2006; translated into Indonesian as Antropologi Modern Asia Tenggara: Sebuah Pengantar, Yoyakarta: Kreasi Wacana, 2012.

The Sociology of Southeast Asia: Transformations in a Developing Region
VT King, Copenhagen: NIAS Press, reprint, 2011.

People of the Weeping Forest: Tradition and Change in Borneo, JB Ave, VT King, Leiden: National Museum of Ethnology, 1986, and a Dutch edition, Borneo: Oerwoud in ondergang: Culturen op drift, 1985 (a catalogue and monograph to accompany the exhibition at the Rijksmuseum voor Volkenkunde [National Museum of Ethnology], Leiden, 1985, opened by Sir David Attenborough.


(1) From 2006 to 2012 he served as Executive Director of the White Rose East Asia Centre which was a joint venture between Asian Studies (specifically Chinese and Japanese Studies) at the Universities of Leeds and Sheffield. At any one time there were up to 50 researchers, post-doctoral fellows and over 30 research students who came under the auspices of the Centre, with a programme of curriculum development, early career training and Asian language provision. During that time, and in close cooperation with senior colleagues in the Centre, funding grants of over 6 million pounds sterling were awarded from such bodies as the Higher Education Funding Council for England, the Economic and Social Research Council, the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Sasakawa Foundation, and several research and charitable bodies in China and Japan.
(2) From 2009 to 2014 a comparative research project on UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Southeast Asia, supported primarily by The British Academy, with institutional funding from a range of participating universities brought in grants amounting to 60,000 pounds sterling.
(3) Grants have been received from IAS-UBD for research projects on Brunei history, origins, social structure and continuity and change; changing research methodologies in Southeast Asia; and tourism development in Thailand and comparative work on tourism in Southeast Asia.


All research outputs, conference presentations, consultancy reports, postgraduate training, supervision and examining are listed on the websites (victortking.org, victortking.co.uk, victortking.com).

He is currently co-editor of a Routledge series on The Modern Anthropology of Southeast Asia, and is interested in receiving promising book proposals for the series.

He has 61 items in Scopus-listed publications and over 500 publications and over 6, 500 citations in Google Scholar. He is also listed in Semantic Scholar with over 200 publications.

Industry, Institute, or Organisation Collaboration

He has been attached as a visiting scholar to the Regional Center for Social Science and Sustainable Development, Faculty of Social Sciences, Chiang Mai University since 2014, where he is Senior Editorial Adviser to two book series (1) Critical Perspectives on Regional Integration and (2) Consortium of Development Studies in Southeast Asia (CDSSEA), currently comprising 40 volumes, published by Chiang Mai University Press; a second stage in the series is in process to 2021 with another 10 volumes (book covers are presented on the website victortking.org)
He has enjoyed productive relations from 2016 (when he first presented a conference keynote address there) with the Korea Institute for ASEAN Studies (formerly the Institute for Southeast Asian Studies), Busan University of Foreign Studies, Republic of Korea. He is also (Chief) Editor of its journal Suvannabhumi: Multi-disciplinary Journal of Southeast Asian Studies.
He serves on the Editorial and Advisory Boards of a range of journals and academic publishers including South East Asia Research; East Asia: An International Quarterly; and TRaNS: Trans-National and -Regional Studies of Southeast Asia.
He has also had long-standing academic relations in Malaysia, across a range of activities, in collaborative research and publishing, research training, programme development, external examining, external assessment of senior staff promotions at Universiti Malaya, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Universiti Teknologi Petronas, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak and Universiti Sabah Malaysia. Currently he is external assessor for degree programmes in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Malaya.
His role as an external examiner for research degrees (aside from serving as an internal examiner at Hull, Leeds and Universiti Brunei Darussalam), has brought him into contact with research on Southeast Asia and the wider Asia at several University of London colleges: LSE, SOAS, UCL, Goldsmiths; as well as other universities based in the capital: London Metropolitan and Greenwich: then more widely in the UK at Oxford, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Leicester, Loughborough, Bath, Open University, Oxford Brookes, Kent at Canterbury, Essex; as well as universities in continental Europe: Helsinki, Uppsala, Paris-Est; then Australia: Australian National University, Melbourne, Queensland, Griffith, Newcastle, La Trobe, Western Australia; and in Asia: Universiti Brunei Darussalam (when I was not a staff member), Universiti Malaya, Universiti Putra Malaysia and Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
He has long-standing relations with the Malaysian Social Science Association and has recently conducted an interview with Wan Puspa Melati Wan Hashim in the Association's journal Southeast Asian Social Science Review, 2021, 6(1): 109-138, entitled 'Eminent Southeast Asianist and Specialist on Borneo'.


For many years from 1988 to 2005 he worked with UK government departments in trade and industry to develop the interface between British business and exporters, and their work in Southeast Asia, particularly in the field of cultural understanding and cross cultural negotiations.