Dr Koh Sin Yee

Senior Lecturer in Global Studies

Email: koh.sinyee@monash.edu
Telephone No.: +603 5514 5654 (Direct Line)
Fax No: +603 55146365
Room No.: 2-6-30


PhD (Human Geography and Urban Studies, LSE)
PGCertHE (Associate Level, UK)
MSc (Contemporary Urbanism, LSE)
M. Arch (National University of Singapore)
BA (Architecture, National University of Singapore)


Sin Yee completed her PhD in Human Geography and Urban Studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Prior to switching to academia, she was an urban development professional in Singapore.

She has taught at the LSE, City University of Hong Kong, and Universiti Brunei Darussalam.

Her work is positioned at the intersections migration studies, urban studies, and postcolonial geography.

Webpage: sinyeekoh.wordpress.com

Units Taught at Monash

  • AMU2140 States and Markets
  • AMU4727 Readings in Social, Political and Cultural Theory
  • ATS3793 Global Research

Teaching Interests

  • Migration studies
  • Urban studies
  • Sociology of education
  • Research methods

Research Interests

  • Migration and mobilities
  • Citizenship: differentiated identity, belonging, rights
  • Colonial legacies
  • Youth, education, and work
  • Urbanisation, inequality and social change
  • Intermediaries and brokers


Edited Books

Edited Journal Special Issues

Journal Articles

Commentaries & Essays in Journals

  • Koh, S.Y. (2018). More than Real Estate. Dialogues in Human Geography8(2), 241-243. [invited essay for book review forum]

Book Chapters

Online Scholarly & Other Articles

For full publications list, see here

Research Grants

1) Title : The Pursuit of Chinese Language among Bruneian Youths: Social, Cultural and Economic Factors

Investigators : Hoon Chang Yau (PI), Koh Sin Yee (Co-PI), Noor Azam bin OKMB Hj Othman (Co-I)

Funding (Start & End Year) : 2018-2019

Funding Body/Organisation : Universiti Brunei Darussalam

Funding Amount : BND 8,620

2) Title : Employability of Recent Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) Graduates: A Pilot Qualitative Study

Investigators : Koh Sin Yee (PI), Hoon Chang Yau (Co-PI), Ly Slesman @ Sulaiman Mohammad Ali (Co-I)

Funding (Start & End Year) : 2017-2018

Funding Body/Organisation : Universiti Brunei Darussalam

Funding Amount : BND 5,000

3) Title : Investing in ‘Homes’ Across the Border: Comparing the Cases of Brunei-Miri and Singapore-Johor Bahru

Investigators : Koh Sin Yee (PI)

Funding (Start & End Year) : 2016-2018

Funding Body/Organisation : Universiti Brunei Darussalam

Funding Amount : BND 10,000

Project Grants

1) Title : Urban Vignettes (www.urbanvignettes.org)

Members : Koh Sin Yee (Team Leader), Sancia Wan

Funding (Start & End Year) : 2011-2015

Funding Body/Organisation : Urban@LSE Student-led Initiative Fund

Funding Amount : GBP 500

Editorial Positions

Member of Professional Bodies

  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA), UK
  • Persatuan Sains Sosial Malaysia (Malaysian Social Science Association – PSSM)


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

Media Coverage

  • John A. Lent prize for best paper on Malaysia, Singapore, or Brunei presented at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies
  • Institute of Asia Pacific Studies Visiting Research Fellowship (funded), University of Nottingham Malaysia (May-June 2015)