Victor T. King at The Institute of Asian Studies at Universiti Brunei Darussalam (IAS @ UBD)

Victor T. KING

Professor of Borneo Studies

BA (Hull), MA (SOAS), PhD (Hull), FRSA


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.

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

Select Publications

     • 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.

ISBN: 9780415788441


Victor King presented three keynote addresses in 2018:

‘Tourism and Heritage in the ASEAN and Borneo Context: Issues, Problems and Prospects’, International Conference and Exhibition, Borneo Studies Network and Institute of Asian Studies, ‘Tourism and Heritage: The ASEAN and Borneo Context’, 16-17 January, 2018; ‘Other Southeast Asias? Or Beyond and Within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations’, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Busan University of Foreign Studies, 2018 International Conference of ISEAS/BUFS, ‘Alternative Perspectives on Southeast Asian Studies: Compounding Area Studies and Cultural Studies’, 10-12 May, 2018. Arising from this conference he has edited a special issue of the ISEAS/BUFS journal Suvannabhumi: Multi-disciplinary Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, containing papers by, among others, Thongchai Winichakul and Oscar Salemink, which is to be published under the title Reconceptualizing and Revisiting Southeast Asia: Current Debates; ‘Comparative Excursions in the Study of Tourism in Borneo: Past, Present and Future’, 14th International Biennial Conference of the Borneo Research Council, ‘Translating the Past/Envisioning the Future’, Institute of Borneo Studies and the Faculty of Social Sciences, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, 6-8 August, 2018.

He also presented a paper at the conference on ‘Changing Research Styles, Methodologies and Perspectives on Southeast Asia’, entitled ‘Methodologies and Mishaps: A Sociological-anthropological Gaze on Changing Perspectives in Southeast Asian Studies’, Institute of Asian Studies, Universiti Brunei Darussalam, 30-31 July 2018 which he jointly organized with Dr Jeremy Jammes (an edited book proposal has been presented to a major publisher); and a seminar paper ‘From Borneo to Southeast Asia: Reflections on Research and Writing in Comparative Perspective’, TRiP2, Translating Research into Publications, seminar series of the Office of the Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Research), Universiti Brunei Darussalam, 7 February, 2018; and at Universiti Sabah Malaysia, Faculty of Business, Economics and Accountancy, 1 March 2018. He delivered a lecture on ‘UNESCO in Southeast Asia: World Heritage Sites in Comparative Perspective’ to the Brunei Nature Society, 22 October 2018.

He is currently co-editing a book with Stephen C. Druce to celebrate and evaluate the study of Professor Donald E. Brown on the structure and history of the Brunei sultanate undertaken in 1967-68, which has been accepted for publication by Routledge.

Dr. King, second from the right, at the 14th Biennial International Borneo Research Council Conference, UNIMAS, Kota Samarahan, Sarawak, 6-8 August 2018, where he delivered a keynote speech. Alongside Dr. King are Vice-Chancellor of UNIMAS Professor Datuk Mohd. Kadin Suaidi, fourth from left, Emeritus Professor Clifford Sather, centre representing the BRC, and third from right Professor Jayum Jawan, one of Dr. King's former PhD students, Professor of Politics and Government at Universiti Putra Malaysia and recently Tun Razak Professor at the University of Ohio.
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