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About Us

Senior Advisor


Mr Tan Chin Tiong was Director of ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute (ISEAS) from 1 March 2012 to 14 January 2018 and concurrently Ambassador-at-Large with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
He took on the role of Senior Advisor at ISEAS from 15 January 2018.


Annual Report 2022-2023


In FY 2022/2023, we witnessed the worrisome entrenchment of deep-seated conflicts around the world. Meanwhile, closer to home, ASEAN continues to search for a coherent and decisive way to deal with the crisis in Myanmar.

Against this backdrop, ISEAS has been kept busy analysing trends and informing our target audiences on regional developments. Fulcrum blogsite (Fulcrum.sg) which we started in late 2020 has attracted a growing readership with its timely, concise, and readable analysis.  Our two annual surveys, the State of Southeast Asia Survey and the Southeast Asia Climate Outlook Survey, continue to provide insights into the perceptions and views of Southeast Asians on the geopolitical environment and climate crisis respectively. Our signature events have convened to great support from participants in the region as we return to in-person format post-Covid.

Organisationally, in an effort to recognise, develop and retain talent, we have introduced the Assistant Fellow position as a bridge between the Senior Research Officer and Fellow positions to allow a young researcher to move up the ranks if they want to pursue a career at ISEAS. We also introduced the “ISEAS Most Valuable Player Award” to recognise officers—both research and non-research—who have produced work of a consistently high quality. In FY2022, we also welcomed new Board of Trustees members: Ms Foo Chi Hsia, Deputy Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs; and Ms Amelia Tang, Director, Prime Minister’s Office.

We hope you will continue to support ISEAS and our work.

For more details on these and other information, please download our Annual Report in PDF.

Click here to view our past annual reports.

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Information Technology (IT)


ISEAS IT serves the Institute through providing effective and timely IT services and support.  In this main role, the team provides helpdesk and technical support to all staff and researchers on desktop computers, devices, software, email, websites, and network/wireless connectivity.

On a daily basis, the team maintains the network infrastructure, wide area connections, as well as backend infrastructure (which includes various servers, systems, and server-side applications).  Being the web manager, IT administers all ISEAS websites, and assists in the posting of new messages/feeds to social media and video channels.

In other functions, the IT department develops and maintains IT policies (in compliance with IM8), educate end-users in IT security and desktop applications, as well as assist to administer the door access system and readers.  Managing the IT recurrent funds for the entire organisation, IT will also assist in the procurement of IT-related equipment and systems to support the operations and production work of other departments.

As always, the team is constantly on the lookout for any existing or emerging technologies to further improve IT services and support, or to enhance user experiences and productivity.  The team has also strived to improve IT security awareness of staff through better communication and information dissemination.



ISEAS Publishing is a dynamic academic press with more than 40 years’ experience. It is the largest publisher of academic books that focuses on Southeast Asian politics, economics and social issues. Since 1970 it has issued more than 2,000 books and journals, publishing an average of 50 a year.
As a Unit of ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute, its role is enshrined in Parliamentary Act 9 of 1968, to assist the Institute in the “promotion of research on Southeast Asia” worldwide (Clause 3) and to serve as the Institute’s “printing press [in the] publishing of books and other publications” (Clause 14).

The Mission of ISEAS Publishing is:
  • To disseminate research on Southeast Asia as widely as possible throughout the world.
  • To produce quality books and journals, benchmarked with other world-class scholarly publishers.
ISEAS Publishing also co-publishes with academic and trade publishers in Asia, Europe, America and Australia to disseminate important research and analyses from and about Southeast Asia to the rest of the world.

Contact Us

ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute
30 Heng Mui Keng Terrace
Singapore 119614
Tel: +65 68702447    
Fax: +65 67756259
Webpage: bookshop.iseas.edu.sg


Publishing Matters: publish@iseas.edu.sg
Sales / Web Orders: pubsunit@iseas.edu.sg
Website Matters: stephen@iseas.edu.sg


Bookshop Opening Hours
Mon-Thurs: 8:30 am to 6:00 pm
Friday: 8:30 am to 5:30 pm
Sat-Sun: closed



ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute offers the following scholarship programmes for students of Southeast Asian Studies, Political Science, International Relations, Economics, Sociology, Anthropology, History, Geography, Archaeology/Archaeological Science and other relevant subjects.  The different programmes are:-

Masters Scholarship

PhD Scholarship

For all scholarship enquiries, please contact ISEAS HR at HR@iseas.edu.sg

Opportunities in ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute


Career Opportunities



Since its establishment in 1968, ISEAS Library has been functioning as a knowledge hub as well as an information centre for the research on Southeast Asian studies. The unique and valuable library collection built up over the past decades attracts researchers, scholars, students, and government agencies from all over the world to visit the Library and consult the collections. 

The Library houses a unique collection of Southeast Asian materials on the area of economics, politics, international relations, social and cultural studies, built up over the past five decades. The key collection of printed materials consists of approximately 300,000 volumes of publications, 40,000 volumes of journals, some 1,000 maps and 4,500 microform titles of regional newspapers, journals, theses, rare and antiquarian books and press clippings.

In addition to text-based research materials, the Library has a sizable collection of photographic, slides and audio visual materials. While the majority of Library’s print collections consists of English titles (45%), it also carries a vast collection in different languages mainly from the regions of Southeast Asia, among them Indonesian (39%), Vietnamese (4%), Bahasa Melayu (3%) and Thai (3%). The Indonesian collection that the Library assembled is considered one of the top three on Indonesia in the world. You may browse the Library’s online catalogue SEALion (Southeast Asian Studies Library Integrated Online).

For general Library enquiries, please contact Library Administration (Tel: 68702439;  Email: libcir@iseas.edu.sg)




Jayati Bhattacharya is a Visiting Research Fellow at the ISEAS , working on modern business history with special focus on South and Southeast Asia . She has a Ph.D from the Jawaharlal Nehru University , New Delhi , India on the nexus between business communities and nationalist politics in India in the period of the national movement. She is at present working on the Indian business communities in Singapore. The research work attempts to situate the ethnic Indian business communities amongst the larger framework of the mosaic populace of Singapore to bring about continuity through generations into the context of the present day socio-economic order.

Jayati has been fascinated by the business interactions between the different ethnic communities, which has enthused her to take up comparative studies, especially between the Chinese and the Indian business networks in Singapore which may later be extended to other parts of South East Asia . On a similar note, she is also keen to explore the various nuances of the family business networks between the two communities.

At ISEAS, she has also been involved with the coordination, along with her colleagues, of a number of conferences and workshops dealing with historical and contemporary issues. One such workshop recently held was involved with the burning issue of the “Oil Palm Controversy” (March 2-4, 2009). Jayati is also involved in co-editing the publication of the proceedings of the workshop.

Jayati had earlier worked as a Lecturer at Loreto College , Darjeeling in India and as a Guest Lecturer at the Qingdao University in Peoples’ Republic of China.

Aparajita BASU


Aparajita BASU

Aparajita Basu (also known as Ajlai) is a PhD candidate in the department of History at the University of California, Berkeley. She has an MPhil in Social Anthropological Analysis from the University of Cambridge and an undergraduate degree in English Literature and Language from the University of Oxford. She is now working on a doctoral thesis on Indian women and anti-colonial politics in British Malaya in the interwar period. Her interests include studying migration and South Asian diasporas in the twentieth century, women’s history and the circulation of ideas as well as social and cultural practices between India and Southeast Asia in the modern period.