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Name: Professor Brenda S. A. Yeoh
Resident Country/Region: Singapore
Affiliated Institute: Department of Geography = National University of Singapore
Position: leader of the research cluster on Asian Migrations at the Asia Research Institute. Currently, she is Principal Investigator of the Asian MetaCentre for Population and Sustainable Development Analysis (funded by the Wellcome Trust, UK)
Geographic Focuses: Asia , Singapore , China
Fields of Interest: Historical Landscapes and Heritage Gender , Space and Place Changing Landscapes of Singapore Development of Geographic Thought , Migrant women as paid domestic labour Transnational labour migration and the family in Southeast Asia British and Singaporean skilled migration to China Globalising cities Cosmopolitan cities Fertility , the family and intergenerational relationships in Singapore Research Interests the politics of space in colonial and postcolonial cities landscapes of heritage global cities , transnationalism and diaspora gender and migration health geographies
Contact Information: Address: AS2/04-16 (office)

Tel: 65 6874 5281

Fax: 65 6777 3091

Web Site:
Academic Achievements:

1. Education and Career

2. Honors

3. Publications

Education and Career

Dr Brenda S.A. Yeoh read geography at Cambridge and went on to complete her doctorate at Oxford University. She also holds a Diploma-in-Education from the Institute of Education, Singapore.

Appointments Held:

Jun 1986 - Apr 1987 General Education Officer, Victoria Junior College, Singapore

May 1987 – Feb 1988 Senior Tutor, Department of Geography, National University of Singapore

May 1991 – Dec 1995 Lecturer, Department of Geography, National University of Singapore (Aug – Dec 1998, redesignated Assistant Professor)

Jan 1999 – Dec 2004 Associate Professor, Department of Geography, National University of Singapore

July 2004 - present Research Leader, Migration Research Cluster, Asia Research Institute, NUS

January 2005 - present Professor, Department of Geography, National University of Singapore

Key University Administrative Positions:

1996 – 1997 Acting Deputy Head, Department of Geography

1998 – 2001 Director, Centre for Advanced Studies

1999 Vice-Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

2000 Associate Dean, Office of Research and Graduate Studies
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Academic Awards:

North Senior Scholarship, St John's College, Oxford (1990-91)

FASS Teaching Excellence Award (1994)

Fulbright Scholarship, attached to the Department of Geography, University of California, Berkeley (2000)

Outstanding University Researcher Award (2000), awarded by NUS for research on transnational migration and global cities
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Teo, P.C.C., B.S.A. Yeoh, G.L Ooi and K.P.Y. Lai, Changing Landscapes of Singapore, Singapore: McGraw-Hill, 2004.

Yeoh, B.S.A. and K. Willis (eds.), State/Nation/Transnation: Perspectives on Transnationalism in the Asia-Pacific, London and New York: Routledge, 2004.

Charney, M.W., B.S.A. Yeoh and C.K. Tong (eds.), Chinese Migrants Abroad: Cultural, Educational, and Social Dimensions of the Chinese Diaspora, Singapore: World Scientific and Singapore University Press, 2003.

Charney, M.W., B.S.A. Yeoh, and C.K. Tong (eds.), Asian Migrants and Education, Boston, Dordrecht and London: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2003.

Goh, R.B.H. and B.S.A. Yeoh (eds.), Theorizing the Southeast Asian City as Text: Urban Landscapes, Cultural Documents and Interpretative Experiences, Singapore: World Scientific, 2003.

Kong, L. and B.S.A. Yeoh, The Politics of Landscape in Singapore: Constructions of “Nation”, Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2003.

Pflegerl, J., S.E. Khoo, B.S.A. Yeoh and V. Koh (eds.), Researching Migration and the Family, Singapore: Asian MetaCentre for Population and Sustainable Development Analysis, 2003.

Savage, V.R. and B.S.A. Yeoh, Toponymics: A Study of Singapore Street Names, Singapore: Eastern Universities Press by Marshall Cavendish International, 2nd edition, 2004 (1st edition, 2003).

Yeoh, B.S.A., Contesting Space in Colonial Singapore: Power Relations in the Urban Built Environment, Singapore: Singapore University Press, 2003 (first edition published in hardback by Oxford University Press, 1996).

Yeoh, B.S.A., M.W. Charney and C.K. Tong (eds.), Approaching Transnationalisms: Studies on Transnational Societies, Multicultural Contacts, and Imaginings of Home, Boston, Dordrecht and London: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2003.

Tan, E.S., B.S.A. Yeoh and J. Wang (eds.), Tourism Management and Policy: Perspectives from Singapore, Singapore: World Scientific, 2002.

Yeoh, B.S.A., P. Teo and S. Huang (eds.), Gender Politics in the Asia-Pacific Region, London: Routledge, 2002.

Willis, K. and B.S.A. Yeoh (eds.), Gender and Migration. The International Library of Studies on Migration Series, edited by R. Cohen, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2000.


Lee, Y.S. and B.S.A. Yeoh, "Introduction: Globalisation and the politics of forgetting", Urban Studies, 41, 12 (forthcoming).

Yeoh, B.S.A., "Cosmopolitanism and its exclusions in Singapore", Urban Studies, 41, 12 (forthcoming).

Asis, M., S. Huang and B.S.A Yeoh, "When the Light of the Home is Abroad: Unskilled Female Migration and the Filipino Family", Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography, 25, 2 (2004), 198-215.

Devasahayam, T., S. Huang and B.S.A. Yeoh, “Southeast Asian Migrant Women: Navigating Borders, Negotiating Scales”, Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography, 25, 2 (2004), 135-140.

Muzaini, H. and B.S.A. Yeoh, “Reading Representations of Women’s War Experiences in the Changi Chapel and Museum, Singapore”, Geoforum, (forthcoming).

Lam, T. and B.S.A. Yeoh, “Negotiating ‘Home’ and ‘National Identity’: Chinese-Malaysian Transmigrants in Singapore”, Asia Pacific Viewpoint, 45, 2 (2004), 141-164.

Yeoh, B.S.A., “Observations on transnational urbanism: Possibilities, politics and costs of simultaneity”, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, (forthcoming).

Yeoh, B.S.A. and K. Willis, “Singaporeans in China: Transnational women elites and the negotiation of gendered identities”, Geoforum, (forthcoming).

Yeoh, B.S.A. and K. Willis, “Singaporean and British Transmigrants in China and the Cultural Politics of ‘Contact Zones’”, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, (forthcoming).

Wong, T., B.S.A. Yeoh, E.F. Graham and P. Teo, “Spaces of silence: single parenthood and the ‘normal family’ in Singapore”, Population, Space and Place, 10, 1 (2004), 43-58.

Yeoh, B.S.A., S. Huang and T. Devasahayam, “Diasporic subjects in the nation: Foreign domestic workers, the reach of law and civil society in Singapore”, Asian Studies Review, 28 (2004), 7-23.

Yeoh, B.S.A., S. Huang, and T. Wong, “Gender representation in geography: Singapore”, Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 28, 1 (2004), 121-131.

Boyle, P., E. Graham, and B.S.A. Yeoh, “Editorial Introduction: Labour Migration and the Family in Asia”, International Journal of Population Geography, 9, 6 (2003), 437-441.

Huang, S. and B.S.A. Yeoh, “The difference gender makes: state policy and contract migrant workers in Singapore”, Asian and Pacific Migration Journal, 12, 1-2 (2003), 75-98.

Pratt, G. and B.S.A. Yeoh, “Transnational (counter) topographies”, Gender, Place and Culture, 10, 2 (2003), 156-166.

Sidaway, J.D., T. Bunnell and B.S.A. Yeoh, “Editors’ introduction: Geography and postcolonialism”, Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography, 24, 3 (2003), 269-272.

Teo, P., E. Graham, B.S.A. Yeoh and S. Levy, “Values, change and inter-generational ties between two generations of women in Singapore”, Ageing and Society, 23 (2003), 327-347.

Yeoh, B.S.A., W. Lutz, V. Prachuabmoh and E.N. Arifin, “A brief survey of fertility decline in Asia: Trends, implications and futures”, Journal of Population Research, 20, 1 (2003), iii-ix.

Yeoh, B.S.A., K. Willis and S.M.A.K. Fakhri, “Transnationalism and its edges”, Ethnic and Racial Studies, 26, 2 (2003), 207-217.

Lam, T., B.S.A. Yeoh and L. Law, “Sustaining families transnationally: Chinese-Malaysians in Singapore”, Asian and Pacific Migration Journal, 11, 1 (2002), 1-11.

Tan, B. H. and B.S.A. Yeoh, “The remains of the dead and the spatial politics of nation-building in post-war Singapore”, Human Ecology Review, 9, 1 (2002), 1-13.

Yeoh, B.S.A., E. Graham and P. Boyle, “Migrations and family relations in the Asia-Pacific region”, Asian and Pacific Migration Journal, 11, 1 (2002), 117-143.

Chan, A. and B.S.A. Yeoh, “Gender, Family, and Fertility in Asia: An Introduction”, Asia-Pacific Population Journal (Special Issue on “Gender, Family, and Fertility in Asia”), 17, 2 (2002), 5-10.

Graham, E., P. Teo, B.S.A. Yeoh and S. Levy, “Reproducing the Asian family across the generations: ‘tradition’, gender and expectations in Singapore”, Asia-Pacific Population Journal (Special Issue on “Gender, Family, and Fertility in Asia”), 17, 2 (2002), 61-86.

Willis, K. and B.S.A. Yeoh, “Gendering transnational communities: A comparison of Singaporean and British migrants in China”, Geoforum, 33, 4 (2002), 553-565.

Willis, K., B.S.A. Yeoh and S.M.A.K. Fakhri, “Transnational elites”, Geoforum, 33, 4 (2002), 505-507.

Boyle, P., E. Graham and B.S.A. Yeoh, “International Workshop on Migration and the ‘Asian Family’ in a Globalising World”, Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography, 22, 2 (2001), 202-203.

Teo, P. and B.S.A. Yeoh, “The viability of theme parks in Singapore during the Asian economic crisis and beyond”, Pacific Tourism Review, 5 (2001), 97-111.

Yeoh, B.S.A., “Postcolonial Cities”, Progress in Human Geography, 25, 3 (2001), 456-468.

Yeoh, B.S.A. and T.C. Chang, “Globalising Singapore: Debating transnational flows in the city”. Urban Studies, 38, 7 (2001), 1025-1044.

Driver, F. and B.S.A. Yeoh, “Constructing the tropics: Introduction”, Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography, 21, 1 (2000), 1-5.

Huang, S., P. Teo and B.S.A. Yeoh, “Diasporic subjects and identity negotiations: Women in and from Asia”, Women’s Studies International Forum, 23, 4 (2000), 391-398.

Willis, K. and B.S.A. Yeoh, “Gender and transnational migration strategies: Singaporean migration to China”, Regional Studies, 34, 3 (2000), 253-264.

Yeoh, B.S.A., “From Colonial neglect to post-independence heritage: The Housing landscape in the Central Area of Singapore”, City and Society, 12, 1 (2000), 103-124.

Yeoh, B.S.A. and S. Huang, “Teaching gender(ed) values in Singapore”, International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education, 9, 1 (2000), 71-74.

Yeoh, B.S.A. and S. Huang, “‘Home’ and ‘away’: Foreign domestic workers and negotiations of diasporic identity in Singapore”, Women’s Studies International Forum, 23, 4 (2000), 413-429.

Yeoh, B.S.A., S. Huang and K. Willis, “Global cities, transnational flows and gender dimensions: The view from Singapore”, Tijdschrift Voor Economische En Social Geografie (Journal of Economic and Social Geography), 2, 2 (2000), 147-158.

Other Information

Editorial Boards of Peer Reviewed Journals:

Gender, Place and Culture (International Advisory Board member, 2001-2004; Editor, 2004 - present)
Ecumene: A Journal of Environment, Culture and Meaning , renamed Cultural Geographies (International Advisory Board member)
Geoforum (Editorial Board member)
Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography (Editorial Board member, 1991-1996; Editor, 1996-2000; Book Review Editor, 2000 - present)
Journal of Southeast Asian Studies (Editorial Advisory Board member)
Asia-Pacific Migration Journal (International Advisory Board member)
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