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International Relations and New Economies


Kartini Aboo Talib Khalid, PhD
Kartini is an associate professor of policy analysis and deputy director at the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia’s (UKM’s) Institute of Ethnic Studies. She was appointed country consultant for Malaysia to the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women in 2014, grantee for Sumitomo Foundation Japan in 2011, and Fulbright scholar to Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts from 2000 to 2005. Her research focuses on gender, civil society, comparative politics, ethnicity, and consumerism. She has published scholarly articles and chapters in books on various issues pertaining to policy, including alternative dispute resolutions and consumer rights, ethnicity and consumerism, labor law and immigrants, gender and politics, nonprofit and policy implementation, elections, environmental policy, and sustainability. Her new books, Dasar Pandang ke Timur: Pencapaian Adaptasi dan Cabaran and Etnisiti & Konsumerisme di Malaysia, were published by Penerbit UKM in 2017. Her chapters in Transnational Social Work and Social Welfare (Routledge, London) were published in 2016, and her book Policy Implementation and People Processing Organizations (Scholars Press, Germany) was published in 2014. Current book projects include Gender and Elections (2018) and Platform of Integration: Managing Diversity in Multiethnic Society.

Sity Daud, PhD
Sity is the chair of the School of History, Politics, and Strategic Studies in Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia’s (UKM’s) Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities. She obtained a BA with Honors in politics from Flinders University of South Australia and an MS in politics from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies. After receiving a PhD in development science from UKM, she obtained the Advanced Certificate in Development Economics from the University of Cambridge, UK. She has over 26 years’ teaching and research experience in political economy at UKM; the University of British Columbia, Canada; Monash University, Australia; and the University of Cambridge, UK. Her broad research interests include developmental states, social safety nets, and elections. Among her publications are books on social sciences and development studies; human security and peace in archipelagic Southeast Asia and in the broader Asia Pacific region; politics and security; and democracy, leadership, and security and numerous articles on state intervention, human security, leadership, social safety nets, and elections.

Ruzian Markom, PhD
Ruzian is associate professor in Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia’s faculty of law, with specializations in Islamic finance, transactions, and consumer law. In addition to a range of publications in well-regarded journals, Ruzian published a book titled Keunikan Undang-Undang Transaksi Kewangan Islam (The Uniqueness of Islamic Transaction Law) in 2019.