12 Feb'15 - Book launch/Forum on "Tragic Orphans: Indians in Malaysia"

12 February 2015 (Thursday), 7.00 - 10.00pm, The Star, Pitt Street Penang Institute together with...

30 Jan'15 - An Intimate Session with Johan Galtung

30 January 2015 (Friday), 7-10pm, The Whiteaways Arcade, Beach Street Penang Institute together w...

Oil Price 2015

Since PETRONAS contributed RM73.4 billion (30% of the Malaysian government’s expenditure) ...

23 Jan'15 - Forum on Auditor General's Report: Government Audit-Formality or Accountability?

23 January 2015, 8-10pm (Registration starts at 7.30pm), Hall Theatre 2, Level 5, Wawasan Open uni...

Penang In History

Talking Books: Wong Pow Nee – The First and Forgotten Chief Minister of Penang / 王保尼 - 被遗忘的首任槟...

  • 12 Feb'15 - Book launch/Forum on "Tragic Orphans: Indians in Malaysia"

  • 30 Jan'15 - An Intimate Session with Johan Galtung

  • Oil Price 2015

  • 23 Jan'15 - Forum on Auditor General's Report: Government Audit-Formality or Accountability?

  • Penang In History


Economic Studies
The Economics Section undertakes active research into economics issues in Penang, Malaysia, South East Asia and Asia. We provide high impact, academically grounded, impartial and cutting edge analysis on the issues concerning the middle income trap, sustainable development and the growth of economies. We also look into business issues such as corporate governance, corporate financing and financial supervision.
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Urban Studies
The Urban Studies research cluster develops research and evidence for the formulation of policy which can promote the long-term sustainable development of Penang. The thematic areas of focus; sustainable urban development, housing and transport are brought together holistically to promote more joined up policy thinking.
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South China Sea: What’s at stake?
With the discovery of oil in Sarawak in 1910, the foundation of Malaysia’s oil and gas industry was laid and changed its economy forever. Mainly located in the South China Sea, a major part of Malaysia’s GDP is generated from the oil and gas sector in this strategically important region...
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Nusantara Studies
Nusantara Studies serves as a platform to foreground the worldview of intellectuals, literary and cultural figures and institutions of knowledge that have relevance to Penang and also have connection with the cultures of the Nusantara. Penang, which was once a very cosmopolitan meeting point of trade, culture and knowledge, was responsible for forging changes in society.
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Political & Social Analysis
A diverse team of scholars trained in political science, economics, international relations, gender studies, psychology and forensic science, we work on various issues and concerns related to political institutions and socio-economic policies in Penang and Malaysia. Our current projects cover federalism, constituency redelineation, social welfare policies in Penang, marginalization of Indians in Penang, women participation in workforce and education policy. Our works are part of the larger efforts of the
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History Studies
The History Studies of the Penang Institute focuses mainly on the history and heritage research of Penang and its region. This research intends to offer new ways to understand the connections between the past and present which throws light on social, economical, cultural and political changes in Penang and its surrounding states, but also Southeast Asia as a whole.
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In Penang Monthly

Penang’s heritage wealth goes way beyond the Unesco site

123 Jalan Macalister in 2012.Photograph: Ganesh Kolandaveloo Outside of the George Town Unesco World Heritage Site, historic and often majestic buildings do…
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From the CEO's Desk

Managing longevity risk - the risk of actual life span exceeding expectations

As explained in a prior article, individuals and governments should look harder into managing longevity risk. This is a related but different problem to aging…
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