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National University of Singapore
10 Kent Ridge Crescent, Singapore 119260

Office: AS2/03-01B
Email: geoslena@nus.edu.sg
Tel: (65)65166102
Fax: (65)67773091
Homepage: http://profile.nus.edu.sg/fass/geoslena/
| Brief Introduction | Teaching Areas | Current Research | Research Interests | Publications

Brief Introduction Top

I am currently Vice-Dean (Graduate Studies) of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and Associate Professor of the Department of Geography at NUS.  I am also currently on the editorial boards of the Women's Studies International Forum (as Regional Editor, Asia),  International Journal of Population Research and the Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography.  I am also the Southeast Asian representative on the Geography and Gender Commission of the International Geographical Union. 

I received my B.A. (Hons., First Class) and M.A. in Geography from the National University of Singapore, and my Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Toronto.  My research and teaching interests are broadly in urban and gender geography, and in transnational migration.  I have done consultation work for various ministries in Singapore, including the Ministry of Education, the Singapore Tourism Boardthe Ministry of Manpowerthe Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports and the National Heritage BoardI am currently a member of the Urban Redevelopment Authority's Conservation Advisory Panel.   

Teaching Areas Top

The module I am currently teaching is:
GE3206 Gender, Space and Place

Current Research Top

My most recent research projects include:

Transnational Domestic Workers in Singapore

Transnational Care Workers, State Policies and Gender Dynamics in Ageing Societies: A Comparative Study of Singapore and Japan

Transnational Labour Migration and the Family in Southeast Asia

The PRC Pei Du Ma Ma Phenomenon

The Singapore River Development Zone as a Globalising Landscape

Religion, Social Capital and the Internet: A Comparative Study of Singapore and Los Angeles

Research Interests Top

Geography of gender (especially of issues related to work and family)
Urban redevelopment and heritage conservation
Labour migration with particular reference to the Asia-Pacific region
Migration and education
Regionalisation and its social impacts


Publications Top


  • Since 2005


    Huang S. (2009) “Transnationality” in R. Kitchin and N. Thrift (eds.) International Encyclopedia of Human Geography, Volume 11: Social and Cultural Geography, Oxford: Elsevier, pp. 404-409.

    Yeoh, B.S.A. and Huang, S. (2008) “Strengthening the nations roots? Heritage policies in Singapore” in K.F. Lian and C.K. Tong (eds.) Social Policy in Post industrial Singapore: Options for a Post-industrial State, Leiden and Boston: Brill Academic Publishers, 201-224.

    Huang, S., Yeoh, B.S.A. and Abdul Rahman, N. (2006) “Economics: Paid domestic labour, Southeast Asia”, in J. Suad (ed.) Encyclopedia of Women in Islamic Cultures, Vol. 4: Economics, Education, Mobility and Space, Leiden: Brill, 226-229.

    Chang, T.C. and Huang, S. (2005), “‘New Asia-Singapore’: A concoction of tourism, place and image”, in C. Cartier and A.A. Lew (eds.), Seductions of Place: Geographical Perspectives on Globalization and Touristed Landscapes, London and New York: Routledge, pp. 260-275.


    Abdul Rahman, N. Yeoh, B.S.A. and Huang, S. (2005) “‘Dignity overdue’: Transnational domestic workers in Singapore”, in S. Huang, B.S.A. Yeoh and N. Abdul Rahman (eds.) Asian Women as Transnational Domestic Workers, Singapore: Marshall Cavendish, 231–259.


    Yeoh, B.S.A., Huang, S. and Abdul Rahman, N. (2005) “Introduction: Asian women as transnational domestic workers”, in S. Huang, B.S.A. Yeoh and N. Abdul Rahman (eds.) Asian Women as Transnational Domestic Workers, Singapore: Marshall Cavendish, 1-17.


  • Since 2005

    Huang, S., Yeoh, B.S.A. and Abdul Rahman, N. (eds.) (2005) Asian Women as Transnational Domestic Workers in Asia, Singapore: Marshall Cavendish.


  • Since 2005


    Huang, S., Thang, L.L. and Toyota (2012), “Transnational care mobilities: Rethinking the dynamics of care in Asia”, Global Networks, 129-134.


    Huang, S., Yeoh, B.S.A. and Toyota (2012), “Caring for the elderly: The Embodied labour of migrant care workers in Singapore”, Global Networks, 12(2), 195-215.


    Cheong, P., Huang, S. and Poon, J.P.H. (2011), “Religious communication and epistemic authority of leaders in wired faith organizations”, Journal of Communication, 61(5), 938-958. 


    Cheong, P., Huang, S. and Poon, J.P.H. (2011), “Cultivating online and offline pathways to enlightenment”, Information, Communication & Society, 14(8), 1160-1180.


    Huang, S. and Yeoh, B.S.A. (2011), “Navigating the terrains of transnational education: Children of Chinese ‘study mothers’ in Singapore”, Geoforum, 42(3), 394-403.


    Chang, T.C. and Huang, S. (2011), “Reclaiming the city: waterfront development in Singapore”, Urban Studies, 48 (10), 2085-2100.


    Yeoh, B.S.A. and Huang, S. (2011), “Introduction: Fluidity and friction in talent migration”, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 37(5), 681-690.


    Yeoh, B.S.A. and Huang, S. (2010), “Sexualised politics of proximities among female migrants in Singapore”, Population, Space and Place, 16, 37-49.


    Yeoh, B.S.A. and Huang, S. (2010), “Foreign domestic workers and home-based care for the elderly in Singapore”, Journal of Aging & Social Policy, 22(1), 69-88.


    Yeoh, B.S.A. and Huang (2010), “Transnational domestic workers and the negotiation of mobility and work practices in Singapore’s home-spaces”, Mobilities, 5(2), 219-236.


    Cheong, P., Poon, J.P.H., Huang, S. and Casas, I. (2009), “The Internet highway and religious communities: Mapping and contesting spaces in religion-online”, The Information Society, 25(5), 291-302.


    Huang, S., Yeoh, B.S.A. and Lam, T., (2008), “Asian transnational families in transition: The liminality of simultaneity”, International Migration, 46(4), 3-13.


    Chang, T.C. and Huang, S. (2008), “Geographies of everywhere and nowhere: Place-(un)making in a world city”, International Development and Planning Review, 30(3), 227-247.


    Huang, S. and Yeoh, B.S.A. (2008), “Heterosexualities and the global(ising) city in Asia: Introduction”, Asian Studies Review, 32, 1‑6.


    Huang, S., Yeoh, B.S.A. and Straughan, P.T. (2007), “Sustaining the household in a globalising world: The gendered dynamics of business travel in Singapore households”, Philippine Studies, 55(2), 243‑274.


    Huang, S. and Yeoh, B.S.A. (2007), “Emotional labour and transnational domestic work: The moving geographies of ‘maid abuse’ in Singapore”, Mobilities, 2(2), 95‑217.


    Yeoh, B.S.A. and Huang, S. (2007), Placing ‘gender’ in ‘geography’ across Southeast Asia”, Belgeo: Revue Belge de Geographie (Belgian Journal of Geography), 3, 383‑398.


    Lam, T., Yeoh B.S.A. and Huang, S. (2006), “‘Global Householding’ in a city‑state: Emerging trends from Singapore”, International Development Planning Review, 28(4), 475‑497. 


    Chang, T.C. and Huang, S. (2005), “Recreating place, replacing memory: Creative destruction at the Singapore River”, Asia Pacific Viewpoint, 46(3), 267-280.


    Huang, S. and Yeoh, B.S.A., (2005), ‘Transnational families and their children’s education: China’s “study mothers” in Singapore’, Global Networks, 5(4), 379-400.


    Yeoh, B.S.A., Huang, S. and Lam, T. (2005), ‘Transnationalizing the “Asian” family: Imaginaries, intimacies and strategic intents’, Global Networks, 5(4), 307-316.

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