Serina Abdul Rahman

Dr Serina Rahman
Visiting Fellow
  • 0Regional Economic Studies Programme0
  • 0Malaysia Studies Programme0
Research Interest
Malaysian rural and ethnic politics, Fisheries and fishermen of the Western Tebrau Strait, Sustainable & inclusive development, Marine heritage & communities (human, floral & faunal), Citizen science and environmental education for community empowerment & habitat conservation

Researcher’s Profile

Serina Rahman is Visiting Fellow at the Malaysia Programme and the Regional Economics Studies Programme. A conservation scientist and environmental anthropologist, she is fascinated with all facets of Malaysia’s rural outskirts. Her varied publications are all tributaries of this interest, ranging from rural politics to poverty and livelihoods to socioeconomic values of coastal habitats and the Islamic radicalisation of rural women. She was awarded the Iskandar Malaysia Social Hero Award 2014 (for Environmental Protection – Individual), and is the Malaysian Ambassador for Citizen Science Asia. She is also Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Department of Southeast Asian Studies at NUS.


Current Research

  • Malaysian rural politics and political views (especially in Johor & Kedah)
  • Political ecology of oil palm in Sabah, Malaysia: impacts on rural livelihoods
  • Political economy of fisheries in Malaysia
  • Economics of the Malaysian rural poor
  • Socio-economics, community empowerment and coastal conservation in the western Tebrau Strait, Johor, Malaysia


Selected Publications

  • * Hutchinson, F. and Rahman, S. (eds.) Johore: Abode of Development. ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, Singapore (in publication).
  • * Rahman, S. 2020. Renewable Energy: Malaysia’s Climate Change Solution or Placebo? Trends in Southeast Asia 2020/11. ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, Singapore.
  • * Rahman, S. 2020. Malaysian Women and Islamic Radicalisation in the Home. In: Waha, L.T. United by Violence, Divided by Cause? A Comparison of Drivers of Radicalisation and Violence in Asia and Europe. Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, Sinzheim, Germany.
  • * Rahman, S. 2020. Overcoming the Odds and Filling the Gaps: Malaysia’s Civil Society Responses to Covid-19. ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Perspectives, 2020/44. ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, Singapore.
  • * Rahman, S. 2020. Malaysia and the Pursuit of Sustainability. In: Singh, D. and Cook, M. (eds.) Southeast Asian Affairs. ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, Singapore.
  • * Rahman, S. 2020. The Malay rural voter in GE14: Expectations, surprise and misgivings. In: Hutchinson, F. and Lee, H.A. (eds.) The Defeat of Barisan Nasional: Missed Signs or Late Surge? ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute.
  • * Rahman, S. 2020. The hand that rocks the cradle: Nurturing exclusivist interpretations of Islam in the Malaysian home. Trends in Southeast Asia 2020/2. ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, Singapore.
  • * Rahman S. 2020. Environmental citizenship for inclusive sustainable development: the case of Kelab Alami in Mukim Tanjung Kupang, Johor, Malaysia. Journal of Indian Ocean Region, 16(1): 100- 118.
  • * Rahman S. and Yaakub S.M. 2020. Socio-economic valuation of seagrass meadows in the Pulai River estuary, Peninsular Malaysia, through a well-being lens. Marine and Freshwater Research, 71, 1-15.
  • * Rahman, S. 2020. Challenging Change – Artisanal fishermen’s attitudes towards environmental conservation – Reflections from Malaysia. In Kukreja, S. (ed). Southeast Asia and Environmental Sustainability in Context. Lexington Books
  • * Rahman, S. 2019. Living Heritage of Mukim Tanjung Kupang. Kelab Alami, Iskandar Puteri, Malaysia.
  • * Rahman, S. 2019. Airports on islands: Boon or potential bust? ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Perspectives, 2019/53. ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, Singapore.
  • * Yee, M.T. and Rahman, S. 2019. The role of education on ASEAN economic development and integration. In: Idris, A. and Kamaruddin, N. (eds.) ASEAN Post-50: Emerging issues and challenges. Springer Nature.
  • * Rahman, S. 2019. Nets that Unite. In Dialog: Thoughts on Tunuku’s Timeless Thinking. Gerakbudaya, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia.
  • * Rahman, S. 2018. Was it a Malay tsunami? Deconstructing the Malay vote in Malaysia’s 2018 Election. The Roundtable: The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs, 107:6, 669-682.
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  • * Developing Eastern Johor: the Pengerang Integrated Petroleum Complex. ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute Trends in Southeast Asia 2018/16.
  • * Rahman, S. 2018. Malaysia’s General Elections 2018: Understanding the Rural Vote. ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute Trends in Southeast Asia 2018/9.
  • * Rahman, S. 2017. The JDT FC (Johor Darul Ta’zim Football Club) and the Success of Bangsa Johor. ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute Perspective 2017/75.
  • * Rahman, S. 2017. The Socio-Cultural Impacts of Forest City. ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute Perspectives 2017/42.
  • * Rahman, S. 2017. Johor’s Forest City Faces Critical Challenges. Trends in Southeast Asia 2017/3. ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, Singapore.
  • * Rahman, S. 2016. Orienting ASEAN towards its People: Enabling Engagement with Local NGOs. S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies Working Paper, WP298.