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Urban Asias – Essays on Futurity Past and Present

316 Rebecca Bowers is a

316 Rebecca Bowers is a final year PhD student in the anthropology department at the London School of Economics. Rebecca’s research explores the lives of female construction workers and their families in Bengaluru, India. Focusing on the capacity to aspire she examines how urban life and labor shape aspirations and subsequent pathways of education and vocation across generation and gender. Women’s interactions with and access to civic resources also form part of this narrative, including the roles and attitudes of both state and non-state actors. Rebecca is also presently an editor at the South Asia Centre, LSE. Michelle Ann Miller is a Senior Research Fellow at the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore. Trained in political science, her research focuses on intersections between urban and regional governance in the context of human conflict and environmental change. She leads the Disaster Governance theme of the Asian ong>Urbanong>isms Cluster at ARI. Her interdisciplinary publications speak to contemporary theoretical debates and key policy issues in environmental disaster governance, decentralization, urban change, and citizenship and belonging. She is International Advisor of the Varieties of Peace research program, a global initiative of Umeå University, Sweden. Rita Padawangi is a Senior Lecturer at the Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS). Before joining SUSS, she was a Senior Research Fellow at the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore. She received her PhD in sociology from Loyola University Chicago where she was also a Fulbright Scholar for her MA studies. Her research interests span the sociology of architecture, participatory urban development, social movements, and public spaces. Julian C. H. Lee is a Senior Lecturer in Global Studies, in the School of Global, ong>Urbanong> and Social Studies, RMIT University. His research has focused on civil society, gender, sexuality and multiculturalism with an area focus on Malaysia. He has been an Economic and Social Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Kent, and is on the Advisory Board of the open access academic publisher Kismet Press. His published academic work includes his sole-authored books Second Thoughts: On Malaysia, Society and Self and Policing Sexuality: Sex, Society, and the State. He is also the editor of Narratives of Globalization, and The Malaysian Way of Life, and co-editor with Yeoh Seng Guan of Fringe Benefits, and with Julian Hopkins of Thinking Through Malaysia. His short non-fiction films include For Japan, Our Sister and Caring at a Distance.

317 CONTRIBUTORS Joseph N. Goh is a Lecturer in Gender Studies at the School of Arts and Social Sciences, Monash University Malaysia. He holds a PhD in gender, sexuality and theology, and his research interests include queer and LGBTI studies, human rights and sexual health issues, diverse theological and religious studies, and qualitative research. Goh’s personal weblog is at He is the author of Living Out Sexuality and Faith: Body Admissions of Malaysian Gay and Bisexual Men (Routledge, 2018), the co-editor of Queering Migrations Towards, From, and Beyond Asia (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), and has published in journals including Sexualities, Dialog: A Journal of Theology, and Theology & Sexuality. Ani R. Landau-Ward has a Masters in International & Community Development and undergraduate study in Architecture, and is associated with the Centre for Global Research at RMIT University. Her most recent research inquires critically into the rhetoric and politics of property rights in International Development policy. She brings to her work extensive experience in community engagement and social justice work, and a professional background in participatory design. Landau-Ward teaches in International Studies in The School of Global ong>Urbanong> and Social Studies. Her work has recently been published in the Springer Global Encyclopedia of Public Administration, Public Policy, and Governance. Richard J. Sutcliffe is an independent researcher who has conducted research on new religious movements and urban youth culture. He is interested in the role of the creative imagination in the articulation of human social life and the inter-urban dynamics of emergent forms of transnational visual culture. He has written on subjects including Western esotericism, social theories of modernity, globalization, and street art. His writing has been published in places including the journal Canberra Anthropology, and in the volumes Paganism Today, Managing Modernity in the Western Pacific, The Malaysian Way of Life and Second Thoughts: On Malaysia, Globalisation, Society and Self. Mike Douglass is Emeritus Professor and former Chair of the Department of ong>Urbanong> and Regional Planning at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where he was also Director of the Globalization Research Center. He received his Ph.D. in ong>Urbanong> Planning at UCLA. With a focus on urban and regional research, policy and planning in Asia, he has held positions in the United Nations and has lived, taught at universities and engaged in professional practice in East and Southeast Asia for many years. From