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.


Victor King attended the 13th International Conference of Thai Studies at Chiang Mai University, 15-18 July 2017. He chaired three panels and presented a paper on “Tourism and Leisure in Thailand: Development, Mobilities and Encounters”. He has also been the co-editor of the Newsletter of the Association of Southeast Asian Studies in the United Kingdom (ASEASUK News) since 1987, and has regularly reviewed books for the Newsletter. After 30 years he will be standing down after the publication of the Autumn issue, 2017, Number 62 when the format and delivery of the Association’s news will change.

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