Heritage & Urban Studies Programme

What is Heritage & Urban Studies Programme?

We study how urban living and heritage management develop in general, and in the special case of Penang. By participating in studies and research that are of interest to the various departments of the state apparatus, we contribute to policy discussions and provide intellectual inspiration for a more holistic development of Penang.

Who are the team members?

Tan Lii Inn, Analyst
Holds a Master’s Degree from Korea University, he was a recipient of POSCO Asia Fellowship. Through his academic background and practical experience gained from international organizations and research institutes, he has developed knowledge and understanding on topics ranging from international and regional affairs to urban and local issues. His research interests include, but not limited to, smart city, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), city-to-city cooperation, and paradiplomacy.

Pan Yi Chieh, Analyst
She holds a M.A. in anthropology from Tsing Hua University in Taiwan, with her thesis focusing on the historical formation of Penang Clan Jetties. Her research interests include the formation of urban space, culture and arts,and contemporary urban phenomenon. Some of her current research includes household structures and space uses of Clan Jetties’ communities (2015, a collaboration with George Town World Heritage Incorporated), as well as some writings on history and heritage.

Au Yong Jia Wei, Analyst
He holds a BSc Environmental Science from University of Birmingham, United Kingdom. His primary interest is building a connection between scientific knowledge and policy making. During his years in Birmingham, he participated in the Uprising leadership programme, where his team has lobbied councillors and MPs around Birmingham to recognize the status of climate refugees. His research interest includes science & innovation for climate and energy, climate mitigation, river restoration and urban regeneration.