Regional & Urban Studies Programme

What is Regional & Urban Studies Programme?

Regional and global trade was behind the founding of Penang as a commercial and investment hub over two centuries ago. The regionality and globality of economics and culture as well as the rapid development of urban living and urban politics continue to determine much of Penang’s and Malaysia’s fate. In this light, we focus on Penang’s near abroad, and watch with great interest the rise of regional powers to see what it will mean for the country. We also participate in studies and research that are of interest to Penang state with regards to urban development, and contribute to both policy and intellectual discussions.

Who are the team members?

Dr. Sri Vaitheki

Mohd Izzuddin Ramli, Analyst
He received his master degree in Political Science from Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM). His research interests include Malay political culture, religion and politics, and subaltern politics, particularly in arts.

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.