Professor Jonathan Rigg
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.