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.
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 have published the insights of my thesis in four peer-reviewed journals, including one on the “Tokyo model” in Cities. Please see my ResearchGate page for a full list.
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 have made on-site research virtually impossible. I have also continued my research 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 Advisor for the Asian Development Bank’s Trade and Supply Chain Finance Program (TSCFP). I used to be an adjunct professor at Temple University Japan, where I taught classes on political economy, development economics, cities, and Tokyo.
This blog has been my public notepad for the last ten years. Naturally, the focus has changed and will continue to change depending on what I’m up to.
Please get in touch – my email address is written “hello” at my domain name.