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PROF Pookong Kee




  • Professor Pookong Kee joined the University of Melbourne in October 2010 as Director of the Asia Institute.
    He was previously Professor of the Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies and Director of the Ritsumeikan Centre for Asia Pacific Studies at the Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU) in Japan. This was preceded by a three-year appointment as Director of the Chinese Heritage Centre in Singapore.
    Before his return to Asia in 1999, he had worked in academe and the public sector in Australia. He was Director and Professor of the Centre for Asia-Pacific Studies at the Victoria University from 1994 to 1999, following a stint with the Senior Executive Service of the Australian Public Service. He was founding Assistant Director of the Bureau of Immigration and Population Research (Assistant Secretary, Federal Department of Immigration and Ethnic Affairs). His earlier posts included: Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, University of Melbourne (1987-1989); Research Fellow then Senior Research Fellow, Australian Institute of Multicultural Affairs (1981-1987); and Research Fellow, East West Population Institute, East-West Center, Honolulu (1980-81).

    He has a PhD degree in Psychology from the Australian National University, a First Class Honours BA degree in Psychology and a BA with majors in Economics, Politics and Psychology from the University of Adelaide.

    His recent teaching and research interests include the causes, processes and consequences of the global movement of people, Asian Diasporas, and Asian-Pacific affairs generally.

    Born and raised in Malaysia, he is a naturalized Australian citizen.


Member of

  • Japan Association of International Relations. Member 2005 - 2013
  • International Society for the Study of Chinese Overseas. Member 1996 - 2013
  • American Psychological Association. Member 1981 - 2013


Selected publications


Education and training

  • PhD, The Australian National University 1981
  • B. A. (Hons), Adelaide University 1973
  • B. A., Adelaide University 1972

Awards and honors

  • Professor Emeritus, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Japan, 2011
  • Anna Florence Booth Prize for the Best Thesis in the Field of Social Psychology, University of Adelaide, 1972
  • Australian Psychological Society Prize for Top Honours in the Honours School of Psychology, University of Adelaide, 1972


Available for supervision

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