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Dr Tamara Nair is Research Fellow at the Centre for Non-Traditional Security Studies (NTS Centre) at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University. She is is concurrently appointed as Coordinator of Projects (Women and Children in ASEAN Community) in EDC’s Office. She will support EDC’s office in managing special projects and activities relating to Women and Children in ASEAN Community.
She graduated from the National University of Singapore (NUS) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Geography and went on to train at the National Institute of Education (NIE). She obtained a Masters in Environmental Management, a Graduate Diploma in Arts Research and a PhD in Development Studies from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. She also possesses a Professional Certificate in Project Management by the Institute of Engineers, Singapore and Temasek Polytechnic. She is also the coordinator of centre publications and Research Integrity Officer for RSIS.
Dr Nair’s current research focuses on issues of power and the biopolitics of labour and technology, movements of people in Southeast Asia, and the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda in the region. She is Singapore’s representative of the ASEAN Women for Peace Registry and has authored the 2018 Human Rights and Peace Education Report for Singapore. She is also the representative for Nanyang Technological University for the ASEAN University Network on Human Rights and Peace Education. She has published in Development Studies journals; writing on marginalised communities and sustainable development, issues of gender, and power and subject creation.
Areas of Expertise
- Decentralised Governance in Developing Nations
- Sustainable Development and Issues of Social Justice: Equitable Development in Local Communities
- Climate change, Natural Resource Management and the Role of Women
- Member, Gender and Diversity Research Cluster, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, NTU (2018-present)
- Member, Asia-Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect Working Group on Gender and Atrocity Prevention [WG-GAP], Asia Pacific Centre for Responsibility to Protect. School of Political Science and International Studies, Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences. The University of Queensland (2018-present)
- Singapore Representative, ASEAN Women for Peace Registry (2018-present)
- Associate Editor, Springer-Nature Journal of Social Sciences (2019-present)
- Gender Consultant, Pacific Forum International. Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. (July 2021-September 2021)
- Singapore Representative, Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific(CSCAP) study group on Women, Peace and Security agenda (2021-)
- Expert member (course content), ASEAN Institute for Peace and Reconciliation Women, Peace and Security training modules for ASEAN senior and mid-level officials (2021-)
- Lecturer, ASEAN Institute for Peace and Reconciliation online lecture series (2021-)
A Native WPS Agenda for ASEAN: Security in Digital Space
10 February, 2022
Working Women and Economic Security in Southeast Asia
14 November, 2019
Integrating A Disaster Response Architecture In Timor-Leste: Opportunities And Challenges
22 March, 2018
Upscaling Disaster Resilience in Southeast Asia — Engaging Women Through the WPS Agenda
14 March, 2018
Public Stockpiling of Rice in Asia Pacific
11 April, 2016
Public Stockpiling and Food Security
03 June, 2015
Investment, Innovation, Integration - Pathways to a Food Secure Asia by 2025
06 March, 2015
Women in AI: Is There a Singapore Model?
21 February, 2022
Global Health Security COVID-19 and Its Impacts - Rebuilding Regional Economies: Role of Female Labour
30 August, 2021
Global Health Security: COVID-19 and Its Impacts - Pandemic Response: The Women, Peace and Security Agenda
08 June, 2020
Global Health Security - COVID-19 and School Closures: Why Education Sector Needs Protecting
09 April, 2020
Women in Global Governance: Never Ending Fight for Equality?
13 March, 2020
ASEAN Women: AWPR’s Role In Southeast Asian Peace
24 December, 2018
CO17157 | Radicalisation of the Female Worker
31 August, 2017
CO17021 | Science, Technology and Human Security - 3D Printing: How It Could Disrupt Asia’s Manufacturing Economies
26 January, 2017
CO17016 | Science, Technology and Human Security - Fighting Food Wastage: New Ideas From The Past
18 January, 2017
CO17017 | Science, Technology and Human Security - Cooling Future Urban Habitats: Technology Based on Human Body?
18 January, 2017
CO17002 | Earthquakes and Environmental Refugees: Time for ‘Green’ Engineering
03 January, 2017
CO16273 | 3-D Printing for Food Security: Providing The Future Nutritious Meal
03 November, 2016
CO16227 | Southeast Asia’s Haze Plight: Is Insurance a Suitable Preventive Mechanism?
13 September, 2016
CO16089 | Law and Gender: An Emerging Fault Line in Social Cohesion?
19 April, 2016
CO16086 | Securing Singapore: Applying Biopolitics
15 April, 2016
CO15278 | Women, Peace and Security in ASEAN: Need For Distinct Action Plan
23 December, 2015
CO15246 | New Series on Haze Issue - Transboundary Pollution: Arrival of the Haze Refugee?
16 November, 2015
CO15088 | Indonesia’s Foreign Domestic Workers: Dilemma of Not Working Overseas
10 April, 2015
CO15019 | A Food Secure Asia by 2025: Addressing Vulnerable Groups
30 January, 2015
NTS Bulletin March 2021
17 March, 2021
NTS Bulletin March 2020
24 March, 2020
NTS Bulletin March 2019
19 March, 2019
NTS Bulletin May 2018
21 May, 2018
NTS Bulletin March 2018
20 March, 2018
NTS Bulletin May 2017
19 May, 2017
NTS Bulletin March 2017
17 March, 2017
RSIS Centre for Non-Traditional Security Studies Year In Review 2018
20 December, 2018
RSIS Centre for Non-Traditional Security Studies Year In Review 2017
29 December, 2017
RSIS Centre for Non-Traditional Security Studies Year In Review 2016
29 December, 2016
Framing Climate Change: The Need for a Human Security Perspective
10 September, 2021
COVID-19 and the Impacts on Women
29 July, 2020
Bulletins and Newsletters
- “Gender and Economic Security in Southeast Asia” in Asian Journal of Comparative Politics, doi:10.1177/20578911211038284, 2021
- “Human Rights and Peace Education in Singapore” in SHAPE-SEA Remapping and Analysis of Human Rights and Peace & Conflict Education in ASEAN/Southeast Asia. (Bangkok: Shape-SEA/Mahidol University), 2019
- “Power and Cultural Conditioning: Using Field Interviews to Explore “Outliers” in Participatory Development” in Sage Research Methods: Case Studies Part II, 2019
- “Integrating Disaster Governance in Timor-Leste: Opportunities and Challenges” (with Alistair D. B. Cook, Vishalini Suresh, and Yen Ne Foo) in Integrating disaster governance in Timor-Leste: Opportunities and challenges, International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction 35 (2019), , 2019.
- Tamara Nair (2018) Power, Capability and Cultural Subjects: An Inquiry into “Institutional Neglect” in Participatory Planning, Journal of Human Development and Capabilities, 19:3, 331-344, DOI: 10.1080/19452829.2018.1484710
- Nair, Tamara. “Universal basic income could work in Southeast Asia — but only if it goes to women” (The Conversation, 11 July 2017).
- “Can the “Great Wall” Hold Back a Technological “TSUNAMI”?” (with Christopher H. Lim) in All China Review, April-May 2017, -, 2017. pp. 43-46
- Nair, Tamara. “As the US stops funding reproductive health services, China should step in” (The Conversation, 19 April 2017).
- Nair, Tamara. "Decentralization and the cultural politics of natural resource management in Kerala, India." Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography 35, no. 3 (2014): 397-411.
- Nair, Tamara. "The Creation of Cultural Subjects: A Study of Power and Identity through Fieldwork." Oriental Anthropologists 14, no. 1 (2014): 41-57.
- Teng, Paul, Mely Caballero-Anthony, Jonatan Lassa, and Tamara Nair. "Towards Asia 2025: policy and technology imperatives. Summary of the main findings of the second international conference on Asian food security held in Singapore on 21–22 August 2014." Food Security (2015): 1-7.
- Nair, Tamara. “The Rohingyas of Myanmar and the Biopolitics of Hunger”. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development 5, iss 4 (2015): 1-5.
- Nair, Tamara. “Deepening Divides: Decentralized Development and the ‘Tyranny’ of Participation”. Journal of International Development 28 , iss 8 (2016) : 1323-1336.
- “The Creation of Cultural Subjects: A Study of Power and Identity through Fieldwork” in Oriental Anthropologists , 14, No. 1 , 2014, pp. 41-57
Edited Books / Special Issues
- Citizenship as a Challenge: New and Old Dimensions of an Evolving Process (with Maria Ines Amaro ), Eds. Leiden, Netherlands: Brill, 2021
- Non-Traditional Security in the Asia-Pacific: A Decade of Perspectives (with Alistair D. B. Cook), Eds. Singapore: World Scientific, 2021
Chapters in Edited Books
- “Democratic Decentralisation and Citizenship – Exploring Caste, Church and Capability in Kerala’s People’s Plan” in Habib Zafarullah and Ahmed Shafiqul Huque (eds) , Handbook on Development Policy. UK and US: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd, 2021, pp 521-531
- “Human Rights and Peace Education in Singapore” in Kevin Y.L. Tan, David Cohen and Aviva Nababan (eds), Human Rights and ASEAN: Indonesian and International Perspectives. Singapore: World Scientific Publishing Co Pte Ltd, 2021, pp 239-254
- “Gender, Humanitarian Emergencies and Security” in Chantal de Jonge Oudraat and Michael Brown (Eds.), Gender and Security Agenda: Strategies for the 21st Century. US: Routledge, 2020, pp. 176-195
Tamara Nair, 2018, ‘Climate Change and Food Insecurities: Destabilisers of ASEAN Centrality?’ in Alan Chong (Ed.) International Security in the Asia-Pacific: Transcending ASEAN towards Transitional Polycentrism, Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 307-330.
- “Prioritising Women’s Economic Security in Southeast Asia”, AsiaGlobal Online, 23 September 2021
- “Hyper-Surveillance under COVID-19” (with Alan Chong), East Asia Forum, 4 July 2020
- “COVID-19 Collateral Crisis: How the Pandemic Is Triggering a Shortage of Drugs” (with Christopher H. Lim), AsiaGlobal Online, 8 May 2020
- “Human Trafficking and the Use of Social Media” keeping up with the Criminals” (with Foo Yen Ne), Asia Dialogue, 11 January 2019
- “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy: ‘Covert’ Occupations of Southeast Asia’s Women”, Institute of Asia Pacific Studies Centre (IAPS) Dialogue, 30 November 2017
- “Basic ‘Universal’ Income in the Hands of Women – How ‘Pay for No Work’ Can be a Good Thing”, The Conversation, 14 July 2017. Republished in Translated into Chinese in the "Dialogue" on 11 July 2017 and China Social Sciences Network on 14 July, 2017
- “As the US stops funding reproductive health services, China should step in”, The Conversation, 19 April 2017. Republished in Huffington Post (19 April 2017)
- “Mind the Gap: Climate Change, Food Security and Women Farmers of Southeast Asia”, ASIAN GEOGRAPHIC (Special Climate Change Issue) , 20 January 2017
- “How 3D Printing could Disrupt Asia’s Manufacturing Economies” (with Christopher H. Lim), The Conversation, 10 January 2017. Republished in Channel News Asia online http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/commentary-how-3d-printing-could-disrupt-asia-s-manufacturing/3429894.html
- Why ASEAN’s Disaster Management Strategy must Include Gender
Last updated on 14/07/2022