Research Postgraduates

Professor Victor T King
Examination and supervision of research postgraduate theses
External Examiner

Lorelei Harris  (MPhil, UCL, 1977) Nineteenth Century Acheh.

Lebachok Mambli (MPhil, Kent, 1981)  The Bugis Latowa.

Wan Yahya Ahmad (MPhil, Kent, 1982) Traditional Islam Education and Modern Development in Kelantan.

Kamil Awang (MPhil, Kent, 1983) Traditional and Constitutional Rules in Malaysia: the Sultan and the Constitution.

Kamar Ainiah Kamaruzaman (MPhil, Kent, 1986) The Legal Status of Muslim Women in the Qu’ran and Sunnah in Malaysia.

Mohd. Shukri bin Haji Abdullah (PhD, Essex, 1986) Rural Development in Peninsular Malaysia 1950-1980: a Critique of the Technocratic Approach to Development. 

Julian Davison (PhD, SOAS, 1987) Image and Metaphor: an Analysis of Iban Collective Representations. 

Maila Stivens (PhD, LSE, 1987)  Women, Kinship and Economy in Rembau, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia.

Sian Eira Jay (DPhil, Oxford, 1991)  Priests, Shamans and the Cosmology of the Ngaju Dayak of Central Kalimantan.

Henry Chan Chok Khuang (MPhil, Universiti Malaya, 1992) Historical development of the Belaga Kayans and their Land Tenure System: a Case Study of a Kayan Community in Sarawak.

Dimitri Tsintjilonis (DPhil, Oxford, 1992)  Death and Personhood among the Sa’dan Toraja. 

Pute Makol-Abdul (PhD, Universiti Pertanian Malaysia, 1992) Capital, the State and the Emergence of Class Relations: the Case of a Rural Community in Southern Philippines.

Trevor Millum (MPhil, Open University, 1993) Tramps and their Excuses: a Study of the Writing of Travellers in Borneo in the 19th and 20th Centuries.

Clare Hall (PhD, Oxford Brookes, 1993) Managing the Tropical Rainforest: Swiddens, Housegardens and Trade in Central Kalimantan.

Dianne Margaret Tillotson (PhD, Australian National University, 1994) Who Invented the Dayaks? Historical Case Studies in Art, Material Culture and Ethnic Identity from Borneo.

June M.R. Walker (MPhil, Kent, 1995) How Does Creativity Work? An Examination of the Traditional Crafts of the Iban of Borneo. 

Jegak Uli (PhD, Universiti Malaya, 1996) Iban Smallholders and Price Instabilities: Coping Strategies and Implications for Policy.

Anna Hewgill (PhD, Queensland, 1999) Land Settlement in Sabah: a Misguided Strategy.

Amanda Harris (PhD, Newcastle [Australia], 1999) Healing Knowledge, Healing Power: the Agency of Well-being among Iban Communities, Sarawak. 

Lim Khay Tiong (PhD, Griffith, 2001) “Iban”: the Emergence of an Identity in Sarawak. 

Fiona Harris (PhD, Edinburgh, 2002) Growing Gods: Bidayuh Processes of Religious Change in Sarawak, Malaysia.

Pudarno bin Binchin (MA by research, Universiti Brunei Darussalam, 2002) Siram Ditaan: the Performance of Epic Tales of Derato in Brunei Dusun Society’ 

Stroma Cole  (PhD, London Metropolitan, 2003) Cultural Tourism Development in Ngada, Flores, Indonesia.

William Henry Kruse (PhD, Australian National University, 2003) Selling Wild Borneo: Iban Longhouse Tourism in Sarawak.

Poline Bala (PhD, Cambridge, 2007) Desire for Progress: the Kelabit Experience with Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) for Rural Development in Sarawak, East Malaysia.

Henry Chan Chok Khuang (PhD, Helsinki, 2007) Survival in the Rainforest: Change and Persistence among the Punan Vuhang of Eastern Sarawak, Malaysia.

Fausto Barlocco (PhD, Loughborough, 2009) Between the Local and the State: Practices and Discourses of Identity among the Kadazan of Sabah (east Malaysia). 

Maureen da Silva (PhD, SOAS, 2009) Javanese Indentured Labourers in British North Borneo 1914-1932. 

Siti Nor Awang (PhD, Hull, 2010) Kinship and Modernization: an Analysis of Cham of East Coast Malaysia.

Ching Hsui Lin (PhD, Edinburgh, 2010) Women and Land: Privatisation, Gender Relations and Social Change in Taiwan. 

Wan Faizah bt Wan Yusoff (PhD, SOAS, 2010) Malay Responses to the Promotion of Western Medicine with particular reference to Women and Child Healthcare in the Federated Malay States, 1920-1939.

Sina Hildegaard Machender (PhD, SOAS, 2011) Penang’s Malays and the Shaping of Colonial Rule, 1800-1832

Adèle Esposito ((PhD, Paris-Est, 2011) Siem Reap. Invention et Fabrication d’un Lieu de Tourisme aux Portes d’Angkor.

Asiyah az-Zahra Ahmad Kumpoh (PhD, Leicester, 2011) Conversion to Islam: the Case of the Dusun Ethnic Group in Brunei Darussalam.

Malita Allan (PhD, La Trobe, 2011) Living in a Tourist Village: Strategies, Negotiations and Transformations among Upland Tai in Northern Vietnam.

Lars Kaskija (PhD, Uppsala, 2012) Images of a Forest People: Punan Malinau – Identity, Sociality and Encapsulation in Borneo.

Anika Koenig (PhD, ANU, 2012) Face of Conflict: Dayak-Madurese Violence in 1996/97 in West Kalimantan, Indonesia.

Bernadette Tyas-Susanti (PhD, Bath, 2013) Conserving Religious Heritage through People-involved Management: the Case of Mosques and Chinese Temples in the Urban Coastal Area of Java, Indonesia. 

Puvaneswaran Kunasekaran (PhD, Universiti Putra Malaysia, 2013/14) Factors Influencing the Attainment of Sustainable Indigenous Tourism among the Mah Meri Community in Carey Island Malaysia.

Suniya Tamour (MA by research, Universiti Brunei Darussalam, 2013/14) Conservation of Kampong Ayer as a Living Heritage under Brunei Law.

Sulikah Asmorowati (PhD, Melbourne, 2014), Waiting for the Promised Reform and Development: the Place
of Bureaucracy in Inclusive Development
 (Surabaya, Indonesia)

Sonny Rustiadi (PhD, Goldsmiths, University of London, 2015), Connecting the Unconnected: Unlocking the Potential for the Development of Creative Industries in the City of Bandung, West Java Province, Indonesia

Mahaganapathy Dass (PhD, Universiti  Putra Malaysia, 2015), Participation, Capacity-building, Empowerment and Socio-economic Well-being among the Urban Indian Community through  the MyKasih Entrepreneurship Program in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Virginie Roseberg (PhD, University of Western Australia, 2016) Brunei Malay Traditional Medicine: Persistence in the Face of Western Medicine and Islamic Orthodoxy.

Trixie M. Tangit (PhD, ANU, 2017) Ethnic Labels and Identity among Kadazans in Penampang, Sabah (Malaysian Borneo)

Zanisah Man (PhD, Universiti Malaya, 2018), Semelai Connection to Land: Notions of Territory and Space in Tasek Bera, Pahang.


Internal Examiner
Rahmah Bujang (PhD, Hull, 1977) The Boria: a Study of a Malay Theatre in its Socio-Cultural Context.

Sabihah Osman (PhD, Hull, 1983) Malay-Muslim Political Participation in Sarawak and Sabah, 1841-1951.

Pervaiz Nazir (MPhil, Hull, 1984) Aspects of Agrarian Transition in a Village in the Punjab, Pakistan.

A.V.M. Horton (PhD, Hull, 1986) The Development of Brunei during the British Residential Era, 1906-1959: a Sultanate Regenerated. 

Andrew C. West (PhD, Hull, 1993) Nagas in the Museum: an Anthropological Study of the Material Culture of the Hill People of the Assam-Burma Border.

Ma’rof bin Redzuan (PhD, Hull, 1994) Small-scale Rural Industries and their Potential in Rural Development in Malaysia.

Jean Morrison (PhD, Hull, 1994) The Bajau: Gender Relations and Socio-economic Change in a Fishing Community of Sabah, Malaysia.

Carol Davis (PhD, Hull, 1995) Socio-economic Development and Gender Relations in Minangkabau, West Sumatra.

Zainal bin Abdul Samad (PhD, Hull, 1996) Telekom Malaysia: Privatisation and Strategic Management.

Sarah Turner (PhD, Hull, 1998) An Applicable Paradigm? Flexible Specialisation and Small Scale enterprises in Ujung Padang, Indonesia.

Janet Cochrane (PhD, Hull, 2003) Ecotourism, Conservation and Sustainability: a Case Study of Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park, Indonesia.

Jonathan Bennett (PhD, Hull, 2005) The Regulation of Tourism Business Activity in the Transitional Vietnamese Economy.

Wan Suhana Binti Wan Sulong (PhD, Hull, 2005) Saudara (1928-1941), its Contribution to the Debate on Issues in Malay Society and the Development of a Malay World-view.

Cheng Hao Pao (PhD, Hull, 2005) Regime Transformation in East Asia: a Comparative Case Study of Taiwan and Singapore.

Stephen Druce (PhD, Hull, 2005) The Land West of the Lakes: the History of Ajattappareng, South Sulawesi, AD 1200-1600.

Nani Suryani Haju Abu Bakar (PhD, Leeds, 2006) Brunei’s Political Development between 1966 and 1984: Challenges and Difficulties over Insecurity and Survival. 

Soong Chul Ro (PhD, Hull, 2007) Naming a People: British Frontier Management in Eastern Bengal and the Ethnic Categories of the Kuki-Chin, 1760-1860. 

Le Thai Hoang Vu (PhD, Leeds, 2007) The Theory of Hegemonic Stability and Vietnam’s Quest for Benevolent Influence in Indochina since the end of the Cold War. 

Caleb Kwong (PhD, Leeds, 2008) Microfinance Institutions and HRM in Indonesia and China. 

Michael Griffiths (PhD, Leeds, 2010) Distinction: Consumption and Identity in the People’s Republic of China.

Jatswan Singh Sidhu (PhD, Leeds, 2011) International Norms, Human Rights Concerns and Regime Behaviour in Myanmar.

Charlotte Drury (MA by research, Leeds, 2011) Implementing Inclusive Education in Thailand: Cultural Barriers and Bridges between Rhetoric and Reality.

Grace Robinson (MA by research, Leeds, 2012) The Tourist Experience in Domestic Sites (Thailand).

Maria Ulrika Lofblad (PhD, Leeds, 2012) Constructing Place: Presenting and Reconstructing Folk Heritage Buildings in Yunnan Province, People’s Republic of China.


Norhalim Ibrahim (MA by research, Hull, 1976) Social Change and Continuity in the Matrilineal Society of Rembau, Negeri Sembilan (Malaysia).

Noraini Othman (MA by research, Hull, 1976) Urban Malay Youth and the Family: a Study of the Pattern of Adolescent Socialisation among Urban Malay Families, with particular reference to Families in Petaling Jaya.

Rahmah Bujang (PhD, Hull, 1977) The Boria: a Study of a Malay Theatre in its Socio-Cultural Context (second supervisor).

Wathana Wongsekiarttirat (MPhil, Hull, 1977) Leadership and Social Change in a North-eastern Thai Village.

Wathana Wongsekiartirrat (PhD, Hull, 1986) Underutilization of Pump Irrigation Facilities in the North-East of Thailand: a Case Study of Roi-et. 

Tai Ching Ling (PhD, Hull, 1989) Relocation and High-rise Living: a Study of Singapore’s Public Housing.

Graham E. Saunders (PhD, Hull, 1989) Bishops and Brookes: The Anglican Mission and the Brooke Raj in Sarawak 1848-1941.

Mohd. Eussoff Agaki Haji Ismail (MPhil, Hull, 1991) Brunei Darussalam: its Re-emergence as a Sovereign and Independent Malay-Muslim Sultanate, 1959-1983.

Jayum A. Jawan (PhD, Hull, 1991) Political Change and Economic Development among the Iban of Sarawak, East Malaysia.

Daniel Arghiros (PhD, Hull, 1993) Local Politics  and Rural Development in a Central Thai Community.

Naimah Talib (PhD, Hull, 1993) The Development of the Administrative Service from its Inception 1840s to 1963.

Bantong Antaran (MPhil, Hull, 1993) An Ethnographic Study of the Dusun of Brunei Darussalam.

Abdul Rashid bin Abdullah (PhD, Hull, 1993) Promoting and Securing Local Participation for Rural Development: the In-situ Projects in Sarawak, Malaysia.

Ooi Keat Gin (PhD, Hull, 1995) An Economic History of Sarawak during the Period of Brooke Rule, 1841-1946.

Traude Gavin (PhD, Hull, 1995) Iban Pua Patterns in their Cultural Context.

Shanthi Thambiah (PhD, Hull, 1995) Culture as Adaptation: Change among the Bhuket of Sarawak, Malaysia.

Mohd. Janib Johari (MPhil, Hull, 1996) The State and Poverty Eradication: a Case Study of the Johor Barat Integrated Agricultural Development Project in Peninsular Malaysia. 

Madeline Berma (PhD, Hull, 1996) The Commercialisation of Handicraft Production among the Iban of Kapit Division in Sarawak, Malaysia: Constraints and Potential. 

AM Hadi bin Abdullah (PhD, Hull, 2002) The Malaysian Proposal: Brunei Political Development 1961-1967. 

Ye-kyoum Kim (PhD, Hull, 2003) Living from Hand to Mouth Provided There is Happiness: Life-dynamics of Tomohonese Women, Minahasa, North Sulawesi, Indonesia.

Phuong An Nguyen (PhD, Hull, 2003) Between ‘Still Society’ and ‘Moving Society’: Life Choices and Value Orientations of Hanoi University Graduates in Post-reform Vietnam.

Lucy Sebli Seidelson, Lucy (PhD, Hull, 2004) Factionalism and Patron-Client Relationships in Sarawak Politics: the Iban Case.

Gwynneth Anne Jenkins (PhD, Hull, 2004) Contested Space: Heritage and Identity Reconstruction: an Enquiry into Conservation Strategies within a Developing Asian City, George Town, Penang, Malaysia.

Megumi Uchino (PhD, Hull, 2005) Songket of Palembang: Socio-cultural and Economic Change in a South Sumatran Textile Tradition.

Azra’i bin Haji Abdullah (PhD, Hull, 2008) From Natural Economy to Capitalism: the State and Economic Transformation in Perak, Malaysia, c1800-2000.

Janice Nga Lay Hui (PhD, Leeds, 2009) The Roles of Youth Organisations in Malaysia’s Political Development.

Ioannis Gaitanidis (PhD, Leeds, 2010) Spiritual Business? A Critical Analysis of the Spiritual Therapy Phenomenon in Contemporary Japanese Society.

Manisa Piuchan (Doctor of Hotel and Tourism Management, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, 2016 continuingTravel Motivations, Benefits and Characteristics of Meditation Tourism in Thailand: The International Tourist Perspective’(External Advisor).

Joseph John Rotheray (MA by research, Leeds, 2014-2016The Miracle of Doi Kham: a Material Phenomenon (External Advisor).

Joseph John Rotheray (PhD, Leeds, 2016-2019), The Art of Power in the Power of Art: The Social |Dimensions of Modern Thai Image-making (External Supervisor).


Reading drafts and chapters of theses
Mark M. Turner (PhD, Hull, 1978) Aspects of Inequality in a Philippine Town.

Martin J.P. Barber (PhD, Hull, 1979) Migrants and Modernisation: a Study of Change in Lao Society.

Somboon Suksamran (PhD, Hull, 1979) Buddhism and Politics: the Political Roles, Activities and Involvement of the Thai Sangha.

Valerie Mashman (MA, Kent, 1986) Warriors and Weavers: a Study of Gender Relations among the Iban of Sarawak.

Andrew Johnson (MA by research, Hull, 1990) Motives for Flight: The Vietnamese Refugee Exodus April 1975-1989.

Fiona Kerlogue (PhD, Hull, 1998) Batik Cloths from Jambi, Sumatra.

Jane Caple (PhD, Leeds, 2011) Seeing Beyond the State? The Negotiation of Moral Boundaries in the Revival and Development of Tibetan Buddhist Monasticism in Contemporary China. 

Amy Kuroki Walker (PhD, Sheffield, 2013/14) Women as Religious, Political, Social and Political Actors in Okinawa, Japan.