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 on 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, including Social Science Japan Journal and International Journal for Sustainable Urban Development; with hopefully more to come, including a monograph.
My other research thread is Myanmar, primarily Yangon. I am one of the authors of Architectural Guide Yangon (DOM publishers, 2015). We are hoping to wrap up a second edition sometime in 2022, although COVID-19 and the ongoing political crisis will make on-site research challenging to say the least. I would also like to one day write a book about Benjamin Polk and Raglan Squire’s work in Yangon.
I am also a daytime Senior Bank Analyst for the Asian Development Bank’s Trade and Supply Chain Finance Program (TSCFP).
Previously, I worked in finance and as a political analyst for Shell and had stints at the EBRD and the World Bank. I hold undergraduate and graduate degrees from SOAS and Cambridge University, respectively.
Please get in touch – my email address is written “hello” at my domain name.