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.
• 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
• 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’.
• 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 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.