Victor T. KING BA (Hull), MA (SOAS), PhD (Hull), FRSA

Professor of Borneo Studies


Room: FASS 2.34

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Victor T. King is Professor of Borneo Studies, UBD-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; Professorial Research Associate in the Centre of South East Asian Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London; and Senior Editorial Advisor in the Research Centre for Sustainable Development, Faculty of Social Sciences, Chiang Mai University, Thailand. During the last six years he has edited/co-edited seven books on topics ranging across tourism in Asia, UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Southeast Asia, ethno-development, Southeast Asian Studies, Borneo Studies, and human insecurities in Southeast Asia.

CV of Professor King

Research interests

  • The rationale of Area Studies and Southeast Asian Studies
  • The sociology and anthropology of tourism and heritage
  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Southeast Asia
  • Ethnicity and culture in Southeast Asia
  • The sociology, anthropology and history of Borneo
  • The anthropology of development

Publications (Selection)


  • King, V.T. (ed.) (2016) UNESCO in Southeast Asia: World Heritage Sites in Comparative Perspective, Copenhagen: NIAS Press.
  • Zawawi Ibrahim, Victor T. King & Noor Hasharina Hassan (eds.) (2017) Borneo Studies in History, Society and Culture, Singapore: Springer, ‘Asia in Transition’ series, No. 4.
  • Ismar Borges de Lima & Victor T. King (eds.) (2017) Tourism and Ethnodevelopment: Inclusion, Empowerment and Self-determination, London and New York: Routledge, ‘Routledge Advances in Tourism and Anthropology’.

Journal Articles

  • King, V.T. (2017) Identities, Nations and Ethnicities: A Critical Comparative Study from Southeast Asia. International Journal of Humanities and Social Science Research, 3, 12-30.



Professor Victor King has a recent book on Tourism and Ethnodevelopment: Inclusion, Empowerment and Self-determination, co-edited with Ismar Borges de Lima, London and New York: Routledge, 2018. It is one of the first books which examines the concept of ethnodevelopment in relation to tourism using case-studies from Asia, South America and Europe. On the strength of this two further books are in process with major publishers.

The book that Victor King co-edited on Tourism in South-East Asia published by Routledge in 1993 will be reissued after 25 years, in the series Routledge Library Editions: Business and Economics in Asia. It will be published in hardback facsimile in late 2018 and as an e-book, and then 18 months later as a paperback. Citations of the book have now reached over 1300 both on the book as a whole and on individual chapters. It has made a major impact on the comparative and multidisciplinary study of tourism in the region, and has led to a further three books on tourism and heritage, and on Victor King's recent edited book UNESCO in Southeast Asia: World Heritage Sites in Comparative Perspective (Copenhagen: NIAS Press, 2016), followed by a 4-volume co-compiled Routledge Reader in the series Critical Concepts in Asian Studies, entitled Tourism in East and Southeast Asia (2018).

Victor King has also been involved in the past two years as Senior Editorial Advisor of two book series (Critical Perspectives on Regional Integration and Consortium of Development Studies in Southeast Asia)published by Chiang Mai University Press through the Regional Center for Social Science and Sustainable Development. He was an Adjunct Professor at the Center in 2015-2016 and has served as an external editorial advisor since 2016. There will be over 30 volumes covering Myanmar, Thailand, Lao PDR, Cambodia and Vietnam, and the first issues 15 issues have now been published.