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Terence Gomez

Former Research Coordinator

Edmund Terence Gomez specializes in state-market relations and the linkages between ethnicity, politics and capital development. He received a doctorate in Development Studies from the University of Malaya, Malaysia, in 1993. He joined UNRISD in June 2005 as Research Coordinator of the programme area Identities, Conflict and Cohesion.
Prior to his appointment at UNRISD, Terence was Associate Professor of Political Economy at the Faculty of Economics and Administration, University of Malaya, which he joined as a lecturer in 1994 and where he taught graduate and undergraduate courses on the developmental state and social change, Malaysia’s political economy, and state, business and ethnicity in Southeast Asia. He has held appointments as Visiting Fellow at the Asian Studies Department, Murdoch University, Australia (January-December 1993), as Senior Research Fellow at the Department of East Asian Studies, Leeds University, United Kingdom (1996-1999), and as Visiting Professor at Kobe University, Japan (May-August 2002). Other academic appointments include a Visiting Fellowship at the Australian National University, Canberra (February 2002) and a Visiting Fellowship at the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, Denmark (October-November 2004).

Terence has also undertaken various research projects and convened numerous international conferences--among others, on political-business linkages in East Asia; the growth of national and transnational ethnic Chinese enterprise; the history of Chinese communities and their enterprises in Australia, Britain and Southeast Asia; and ethnic conflict and social cohesion in Asia--all of which have received funding from local and international agencies, including the Sasakawa, Sumitomo and Toyota Foundations of Japan, the Department of Education and Training in Australia, and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) of the United Kingdom.

Terence has also served on the editorial board and advisory committee of the following international journals: Journal of Development and Society, East Asia: An International Quarterly, Taiwan Journal of Southeast Asian Studies and Journal of Asia Entrepreneurship and Sustainability. He is also editor of the “Chinese Worlds” Series and the “Malaysian Studies” Series for RoutledgeCurzon, London.


Selected recent publications:

  • Malaysia’s Political Economy: Politics, Patronage and Profits (with K.S. Jomo), Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997;
  • Chinese Business in Malaysia: Accumulation, Accommodation, Ascendance, Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1999;
  • Ethnic Futures: The State and Identity Politics in Asia (with J.P. Czarnecka, D.R. Senanayake and A. Nandy), New Delhi: SAGE Publications, 1999;
  • Chinese Business in Southeast Asia: Contesting Cultural Explanations, Understanding Entrepreneurship (with Michael H.H. Hsiao) (eds.), London: Curzon Press, 2001;
  • Political Business in East Asia (ed.), London: Routledge, 2002;
  • The State, Economic Development and Ethnic Co-Existence in Malaysia and New Zealand (with Robert Stephens) (eds.), Kuala Lumpur: Centre for Economic Development and Ethnic Relations, University of Malaya, 2003;
  • Chinese Enterprise, Transnationalism and Identity (with Michael H.H. Hsiao) (eds.), London: RoutledgeCurzon, 2004;
  • The State of Malaysia: Ethnicity, Equity and Reform (ed.), London: RoutledgeCurzon, 2004;
  • The Chinese in Britain, 1800-2000: Transnationalism, Economy and Identity (with Gregor Benton, forthcoming).