I am an urban historian and development economist based in Sydney, Australia. I hold a PhD in development studies from the National Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) in Tokyo, which I wrote under the guidance of Kaoru Sugihara. This blog is primarily about my academic work, but also delves into other topics occasionally.
My PhD focused on Tokyo’s post-war urban economic history, and how the city can be regarded a trailblazer for other Asian metropolises. I am publishing the insights of my thesis in various peer-reviewed journals.
My other research thread is architectural history. I am one of the authors of Architectural Guide Yangon (DOM publishers, 2015). We were hoping to wrap up a second edition sometime in 2022, but COVID-19 and the ongoing political crisis has made on-site research virtually impossible. I have also begun researching a book about Benjamin Polk and Raglan Squire’s work in Yangon and on the Indian subcontinent.
I have worked for several international financial institutions, and am currently a Senior Bank Analyst for the Asian Development Bank’s Trade and Supply Chain Finance Program (TSCFP). I used to be a professor at Temple University Japan, where I taught classes on political economy, development economics, cities, and Tokyo.
Please get in touch – my email address is written “hello” at my domain name.