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Working Paper on Digital Divides and Paradigm Shifts in the Time of COVID-19

The Institute of Asian Studies at Universiti Brunei Darussalam is pleased to announce the publication of IAS Working Paper No 64: Digital Divides and Paradigm Shifts in the Time of COVID-19 by Caroline Anne Yong Suk Zhen, Siu Tzyy Wei, and Paul J. Carnegie. Please see below for details.

Abstract: This paper considers whether regional digital partnership offers an effective strategy for post-pandemic recovery. To ground the paper in critical reflection, we combine personal impressions of our current situation with a discussion of the ways to achieve meaningful digital partnership. Drawing on work as varied as Thomas Kuhn, Bong Joon-ho, Nikolai Kondratieff and Piyawat Sivarak, the paper argues that our future wellbeing is predicated on our ability to bridge the digital divide and cooperate effectively for mutual benefit.

Authors

Caroline Anne Yong Suk Zhen is currently majoring in Economics at the School of Business and Economics, Universiti Brunei Darussalam. She combines her economics background with an interest in international relations and politics. This paper was developed from an awarding winning entry in the ASEAN-Korea Essay Contest under the guidance of Associate Professor Paul J. Carnegie. Caroline shared the Special Recognition Award with her good friend and fellow student, Siu Tzyy Wei.

Siu Tzyy Wei is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Anthropology at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Universiti Brunei Darussalam. She combines her passion for sociology with an interest in international relations and politics. This paper was developed from an awarding winning entry in the ASEAN-Korea Essay Contest under the guidance of Associate Professor Paul J. Carnegie. Wei shared the Special Recognition Award with her good friend and fellow student, Caroline Anne Yong Suk Zhen.

Paul J. Carnegie is Associate Professor of Politics and International Relations at the Institute of Asian Studies, Universiti Brunei Darussalam. His research specialises in comparative democratisation, human security, and localised responses to militant extremism with a specific focus on Indonesia and Southeast Asia alongside the Asia Pacific more generally. Paul has published widely in his fields including the monograph The Road from Authoritarianism to Democratization in Indonesia (Palgrave Macmillan), the edited volume Human Insecurities in Southeast Asia (Springer) and research output in leading international journals including Pacific Affairs, Australian Journal of Politics and History and Australian Journal of International Affairs. He is also a section editor for the Palgrave Handbook of Ethnicity. Paul has extensive applied research experience and networks having lived and worked previously in Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Egypt, Fiji, and the United Arab Emirates.

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