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Associate Professor in the Department of Geography+44 (0) 191 33 41865


I am an economic geographer with research expertise on financial geography. My research interests include geographies of money and finance, global cities, FinTech, service sectors and market formation, focusing particularly on issues of financialisation, knowledge networks, and economic development in Asia. I received my Bachelor and Master degrees in Geography from the National University of Singapore and completed my PhD in Economic Geography at the University of Nottingham. Prior to Durham University, I was previously based at the National University of Singapore and University of British Columbia (Canada).

I am currently the strategic lead on internationalisation for the Department of Geography at Durham University. I am a founding member and current Secretary of the Global Network on Financial Geography (FinGeo). My journal work includes Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Finance and Space, Associate Editor for Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, journal editorial boards of Environment and Planning A: Economy and SpaceGeoforumGeography Compass (Economic section) and Progress in Economic Geography, and the international advisory board of the Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography.

I am currently working on two main projects. One focuses on how FinTech (financial technology) is shaping consumer practices and competitive relationships between financial institutions and technology companies. The other examines the growth of data centres in Southeast Asia, to consider differentiated roles of data services in financial centres and the environmental impacts of data centre growth.

A previous stand of research examines the business organisation and networks of investment banks and law firms in Asia and their implications for financial centre development and global/regional financial networks. I was also working on financial subject formation and the financialisation of everyday life, using empirical findings from Asia to build theoretical arguments on financial ecologies and state-led financialisation. 

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Research interests

  • Geographies of money and finance
  • International financial centre
  • Fintech and digital economies
  • Global production/financial networks
  • Global cities and world city networks
  • Markets and varieties of capitalism/variegated capitalism
  • Political economy and development in Asia


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