Professor Jonathan Rigg

Raffles Professor of Social Science Department of Geography National University of Singapore
Director Asia Research Institute National University of Singapore
(+65) 6516 3810 (Office)

Jonathan Rigg is Raffles Professor of Social Science in the Department of Geography and Director of the Asia Research Institute at NUS. He has written eight and edited five books, and published some 70 journal papers and 60 edited book contributions. His most recent book is Challenging Southeast Asian development: the shadows of success (Routledge, 2015). 

His work encompasses a range of areas of scholarship, but there is a common thread linking them all: he is concerned to highlight and explain patterns and processes of social, economic and environmental change in the majority or poorer world, and the impacts of such changes on ‘ordinary’ people and their everyday lives. This work has been carried out in the Asian region, and particularly in South and Southeast Asia and has focused on rural livelihoods, agrarian change, migration and mobility, the role of non-governmental organisations, and disasters and development. He is adjunct professor in the School of Earth and Environment at the University of Western Australia and was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (AcSS) in 2012.

The Tembusu (Fagraea fragrans) is a large evergreen tree in the family Gentianaceae. It is native to Southeast Asia. Its trunk is dark brown, with deeply fissured bark, looking somewhat like a bittergourd. It grows in an irregular shape from 10 to 25m high. Its leaves are light green and oval in shape. Its yellowish flowers have a distinct fragrance and the fruits of the tree are bitter tasting red berries, which are eaten by birds and fruit bats.