Keynote Speakers

An exciting line up of well-respected speakers shall be presenting at the IAG 2013 Conference.


Rob BranderDr Rob Brander

Dr Rob Brander is a coastal geomorphologist at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.  He has studied beaches and surf zones for over 20 years and his PhD on the morphodynamics of rip currents stimulated rip current research that continues today. Since 2001 his Science of the Surf (SOS) beach safety program has been presented to over 20,000 people receiving numerous awards and media attention.  His educational YouTube video on rip currents received a National Australian Safer Communities Award and surpassed 300,000 views in 2012. Rob was the invited Keynote Speaker at the 1st International Rip Current Symposium in Miami, Florida in February 2010 and is the author of the best selling ‘Dr Rip’s Essential Beach Book’ and his efforts at communicating science to the public were recognised with a 2013 Australian Government Eureka Prize for Promoting Understanding of Australian Scientific Research. Since 2007, his ARC funded research into the rip current hazard has incorporated strong interdisciplinary links between physical and human geography applications.


Iain HayProfessor Iain Hay

Professor Iain Hay is based at the Flinders University, South Australia and Australian Learning and Teaching Council Discipline Scholar for the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities. He completed his PhD at the University of Washington as a Fulbright Scholar and has a higher doctorate from the University of Canterbury for 20+ years of work on geographies of domination and oppression. He is author or editor of twelve books, the most recent of which is Geographies of the Super-Rich (Elgar 2013). He has had editorial roles with journals that include Applied Geography, Ethics, Place and Environment and Social and Cultural Geography. In 2006, Iain received the Prime Minister’s award for Australian University Teacher of the Year and in 2010 was awarded the NZ Geographical Society's Distinguished New Zealand Geographer Medal. Iain is immediate past-President of the Institute of Australian Geographers.


Professor YeungProfessor Henry Wai-chung Yeung

Professor Yeung earned his B.A. Hons. (First Class) in Geography from the National University of Singapore in 1992 and Ph.D in Geography from the University of Manchester in 1995. In 2005, he was promoted to Professor of Economic Geography.  His research interests cover broadly theories and the geography of transnational corporations, global production networks, East Asian firms, and the political economy of development in the Asia-Pacific region.
Professor Yeung has published 3 single-authored monographs, 7 edited books, over 85 journal articles, and 40 book chapters. Some of his key publications include Transnational Corporations and Business Networks (Routledge, 1998), Entrepreneurship and the Internationalisation of Asian Firms (Edward Elgar, 2002), Chinese Capitalism in a Global Era (Routledge, 2004) and as co-author of Economic Geography: A Contemporary Introduction (Wiley Blackwell, 2007/2013).
Professor Yeung is Editor of Environment and Planning A, Economic Geography, and Review of International Political Economy, Asia-Pacific Editor of Global Networks, Contributing Editor of International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, and Business Manager of Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography. He sits on the editorial boards of 14 other international journals in the fields of human geography, management, urban studies, area studies, and general social science, such as Asia Pacific Journal of Management, European Urban and Regional Studies, Journal of Economic Geography, Asia Pacific Viewpoint, and Eurasian Geography and Economics.


Brenda Yeoh Saw AiProfessor Brenda Yeoh Saw Ai

Professor Brenda Yeoh is Professor (Provost’s Chair), Department of Geography, as well as the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, National University of Singapore.

She is also the Research Leader of the Asian Migration Cluster at the Asia Research Institute, NUS, and coordinates the Asian MetaCentre for Population and Sustainable Development Analysis.

She is on the International Advisory/Editorial Boards of Diversities; Finisterra – Revista Portuguesa de Geografia (Portuguese Journal of Geography); Gender, Place and Culture; Journal of International Migration and Integration (JIMI); the Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography; Cultural Geographies; Asian and Pacific Migration Journal; Gender, Technology and Development; Urban Studies; and Progress in Human Geography.
She is on the Editorial/Advisory Boards of the Dictionary of Human Geography (5th Edition), NIAS’ Gendering Asia Book Series, I.B. Tauris’ Monograph Series on Historical Geography, and the ARI-Springer Asia Series.

She is deputy chair of the Commission on Population, International Geographical Union, a member of the Commission on Gender, International Geographical Union, and the Singapore coordinator for the Asia-Pacific Migration Research Network. In 2010/11, she is on the organising committee/panel for workshops and conference sessions on Crossing Borders, Traversing Boundaries: Bridging the Gap between International and Internal Migration Research and Theory; Householding in Transition: Emerging Dynamics in ‘Developing’ East and Southeast Asia; The Nexus of Migration and Masculinity in the Asian Context; Transnational Labour Migration, Remittances and the Changing Family in Asia; INTER-ASIA ROUNDTABLE 2010 - Transnational Migration and Children in Asian Contexts; Opening the Black Box of Migration: Brokers and the Organization of Transnational Mobility; Transacted Intimacy: Political Economy of International Marriages in Asia and Inter-Asian Connections II.

She has been appointed to the National Archives of Singapore (NAS) Advisory Board. Within NUS, she is a member of the Editorial Board of INNOVATION magazine (NUS Research and Technology magazine) and is one of the Directors of NUS Press. She is also a member of the University Promotion and Tenure Committee.

Within the Department, Professor Yeoh is a member of the Critical Social/Cultural Geographies Group.

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