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Ooi Keat Gin on WW II Borneo

Historian Ooi Keat Gin from Universiti Sains Malaysia visited the Institute of Asian Studies and talked about his career and his scholarship on World War II

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The Institute of Asian Studies (IAS) at Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) is dedicated to producing and disseminating cutting-edge knowledge about the societies, economies, politics, cultures and histories of the Asian region. With a core staff and affiliated researchers producing multidisciplinary scholarship, and located at the heart of Asia on the beautiful and ecologically diverse island of Borneo, the IAS serves Brunei as well as the global community in elevating our understanding of this dynamic region of the world.

“Researching about Asia from the heart of Asia”



The staff of the IAS consists of researchers in the institute as well as joint appointees and research associates from across the University. Housed in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS), the IAS enjoys a particularly close working relationship with FASS, and its researchers teach modules for such majors as Anthropology & Sociology and History & International Relations.

Recent Staff Publications

Jeremy Jammes & David Palmer, “Occulting the Dao: Daoist Inner Alchemy, French Spiritism and Vietnamese Colonial Modernity in Caodai Translingual Practice.” Journal of Asian Studies, 77(2), 2018: 405–428. [Access]

Jetin, B., & Chaisse, J. (2018). “International Investment Policy for Small States: The Case of Brunei”. In J. Chaisse & L. Nottage, (eds.) International Investment Treaties and Arbitration Across Asia (pp. 384-410). Leiden; Boston: Brill Editors. [Access]

Harrison, D., King, V.T., & Eades, J.S. (eds.) (2018) Tourism in East and Southeast Asia. Abingdon, Oxon; New York: Routledge. [Access]

Rahman, M.M. (2018) “Beyond Labour Migration: The Making of Migrant Enterprises in Saudi Arabia”. International Sociology, 33(1), 86-106. [Access]


The core mission of the IAS staff is to engage in research and to publish.

Seminar Series

To exchange ideas with other members of the University community and the public, the IAS holds a regular seminar series.

IAS Publications

Meanwhile, the Institute also maintains a BOOK SERIES and a WORKING PAPER SERIES.


The IAS regularly organizes and hosts conferences and workshops.


The Institute maintains productive relations with numerous international scholars and scholarly organizations.

Graduate Studies

Last but definitely not least, the IAS also offers research-based MA and PhD programme in Asian Studies.

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