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CURRICULUM VITAE
PERSONAL DETAILS

Name
  Dr. Helena Binti Muhamad Varkkey
Designation
  Senior Lecturer
Department
  Department of International and Strategic Studies
Faculty
  Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Tel. No. (Office)
  03-79675451
Fax No.
  03-79675480
E-mail Address
  helenav@um.edu.my
Homepage URL
  http://malaya.academia.edu/HelenaVarkkey
ResearcherID Link
  http://www.researcherid.com/rid/K-7934-2012
Scopus ID
  http://www.scopus.com/authid/detail.url?origin=resultslist&authorId=55557104500&zone=
Address(Office)
  Department of International and Strategic Studies, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA

BIOGRAPHY

Dr Helena Varkkey is currently a Senior Lecturer at the Department of International and Strategic Studies, University of Malaya. Dr Helena studied Corporate Communication in University Putra Malaysia, and worked for two years in the advertising industry in Kuala Lumpur. She then left to the University of Sydney to pursue a Masters in International Studies and later a Doctorate in the same field. She returned to Malaysia in 2012 to teach subjects like International Organizations, Non-State Actors and Southeast Asian Politics to undergraduates at the University of Malaya. Dr Helena has been interested in sustainable development throughout her academic career, beginning at the undergraduate level when she was selected to represent Malaysia at the Hitachi Young Leaders Initiative in 2005, where she was involved in a working group on "Translating Environmental Awareness into Action". Her interest in the field has evolved to a focus on transboundary pollution in Southeast Asia, particularly pertaining to the role of patronage in agribusiness, especially the oil palm industry, and its link to forest fires and haze in the region. She continues to undertake primary research in this field, and invites research proposals from potential students with similar interests.

ACADEMIC QUALIFICATION
(Qualification), (Institution).
PhD(UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA)(2013), UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
Master of International Studies (Merit), UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
Bachelor of Communication (Hons. First Class) (Corporate Communication), UNIVERSITI PUTRA MALAYSIA (UPM)

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATION/MEMBERSHIP
(Organisation), (Role), (Year), (Level).

Institute of Public Relations Malaysia, Member, 2006-2010, (National)

ADMINISTRATIVE DUTIES
(Role), (Level), (Start date),(End Date).


Acting Head Of Department, Department Of International And Strategic Studies, Faculty Of Arts And Social Sciences, 07-Apr-14 - 07-Apr-14

Acting Head Of Department, Department Of International And Strategic Studies, Faculty Of Arts And Social Sciences, 25-Feb-14 - 25-Feb-14

PELATIH PROGRAM DISCOVER YOUR SOFT SKILLS @ UNIVERSITY MALAYA (iCONS), University Malaya, 24-Feb-14 - 23-Feb-17

Acting Head Of Department, Department Of International And Strategic Studies, Faculty Of Arts And Social Sciences, 30-Jan-14 - 30-Jan-14

Acting Head Of Department, Department Of International And Strategic Studies, Faculty Of Arts And Social Sciences, 24-Jan-14 - 24-Jan-14

Internal Auditor, Faculty Of Arts And Social Sciences, 28-Nov-13 - 30-Nov-13

Acting Head Of Department, Department Of International And Strategic Studies, Faculty Of Arts And Social Sciences, 30-Oct-13 - 30-Oct-13

Committee Member (Quality), Department Of International And Strategic Studies, Faculty Of Arts And Social Sciences, 16-Oct-13 - 28-Feb-15

Document Manager, Department Of International And Strategic Studies, Faculty Of Arts And Social Sciences, 14-Oct-13 - 13-Oct-14

Committee Member (Abstract & Papers), International, 20-Feb-13 - 23-Oct-13

Committee Member, Research, Publications, Conferences and Consultation, Department Of International And Strategic Studies, Faculty Of Arts And Social Sciences, 11-Jan-13

Committee Member, Undergraduate Degree, Department Of International And Strategic Studies, Faculty Of Arts And Social Sciences, 17-Oct-12 - 06-Nov-15

Advisor, International and Strategic Studies Club, Session 2012-2013, Department Of International And Strategic Studies, Faculty Of Arts And Social Sciences, 05-Oct-12

Programme Coordinator, Department Of International And Strategic Studies, Faculty Of Arts And Social Sciences, 05-Sep-12

AREAS OF EXPERTISE
(Area).

International Relations (Environmental Politics, Agribusiness, Regionalisation, ASEAN)

RECENT SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
(Publication).
 
Chapter In Book
 
2013

Quah, E. & Varkkey, H. The Political Economy of Transboundary Pollution: Mitigation Forest Fires and Haze in Southeast Asia. In "Asian Community - The Vision and Challenges" Ed. HayashiHana Sei, pp. 323-358, Tokyo: Soso Sha (Japanese language) 
waseda chapter on transboundary haze (revised) (1).pdf
 
2008

Muhamad Varkkey, H, 2008. Environmental and Navigational Safety Cooperation in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore: Debating the Japanese Proposal. in The Seas Divide: Geopolitical and Maritime Issues in Southeast Asia. Kuala Lumpur: Institute of Ocean and Earth Sciences 
 
Article In Academic Journals
 
2014

Varkkey, H. 2013. Regional cooperation, patronage and the ASEAN Agreement on transboundary haze pollution. International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law, and Economics. 14(1): 65-81 (ISI-Cited Publication)
POST PRINT inea 2013.pdf
 
2013

Varkkey, H. 2013. Patronage Politics and Natural Resources: A Historical Case Study of Malaysia and Singapore. Asian Profile 41 (SCOPUS-Cited Publication)
asian profile 2013 POST PRINT.pdf

Varkkey, H. 2013. Malaysian investors in the Indonesian oil palm plantation sector: home state facilitation and transboundary haze. Asia Pacific Business Review 19 (3): 381-401 (ISI-Cited Publication)
PRE-PRINT apbr 2013.pdf

Varkkey, H. 2013. Patronage politics, plantation fires and transboundary haze. Environmental Hazards 12 (ISI-Cited Publication)
PRE PRINT ehaz 2013.pdf

Varkkey, H. 2013. ASEAN and its Environment. Journal of Diplomacy and Foreign Relations (Non-ISI/Non-SCOPUS Cited Publication)

Varkkey, H. 2013. Oil Palm Plantations and Transboundary Haze: Patronage Networks and Land Licensing in Indonesia s Peatlands. Wetlands 33: 679-690 (ISI-Cited Publication)
POST PRINT wetlands 2013.pdf
 
2012

Varkkey, H. 2012. Patronage Politics and Natural Resources: A Historical Case Study of Southeast Asia and Indonesia. Asian Profile 40(5): 438-448 (SCOPUS-Cited Publication)
asian profile 2012 POST PRINT.pdf

Varkkey, H. 2012. The growth and prospects of the oil palm plantation industry in Indonesia. Oil Palm Industry Economic Journal 12(2): 1-13 (Non-ISI/Non-SCOPUS Cited Publication)
opiej 2012 publisher PDF.pdf

Varkkey, H. 2012. Patronage Politics as a Driver of Economic Regionalisation: The Indonesian Oil Palm Sector and Transboundary Haze. Asia Pacific Viewpoint 53 (3): 313-328 (ISI-Cited Publication)
PRE-PRINT apv 2013.pdf

Varkkey, H. 2012. The ASEAN Way and Haze Mitigation at the ASEAN Level. Journal of International Studies 8: 77- 97 (Non-ISI/Non-SCOPUS Cited Publication)
jis 2012 publisher PDF.pdf
 
2011

Varkkey, H. 2011. ASEAN as a 'thin' community: The case against adopting the EU Acid Rain Framework for Transboundary Haze management in Southeast Asia. Jebat: Malaysian Journal of History, Politics and Strategic Studies 38(2): 1-26 (Non-ISI/Non-SCOPUS Cited Publication)

Muhamad Varkkey, H. Addressing Transboundary haze Through Asean: Singapore's Normative Constraints. Journal of International Studies 7: 83-101 (Non-ISI/Non-SCOPUS Cited Publication)
jis 2011 publisher PDF.pdf

Muhamad Varkkey, H. 2011. Plantation land management, fires, and haze in Southeast Asia. Malaysian Journal of Environmental Management 12(2): 33-41 (Non-ISI/Non-SCOPUS Cited Publication)
mjem 2011 publisher PDF.pdf
 
2008

Muhamad Varkkey, H. 2008. Indonesian Perspectives on Managing the ASEAN Haze. SARJANA 24(1): 83-101 (Non-ISI/Non-SCOPUS Cited Publication)
 
Mass Media(Newspaper,radio,tv,popular Magazine)
 
2013

Varkkey, H. "Haze Watch Interview." In News Now, edited by K. I. Poh, 14:05-14:07, 19 June 2013. Singapore: MediaCorp, 2013. 
Doc1.pdf

Varkkey, H. "Haze Watch Interview." In News, edited by S. L. Koh, 12:45-12:48, 21 June 2013. Singapore: MediaCorp, 2013. 
Doc1.pdf
 
2012

Quah, E. & Varkkey, H. 2012. Sustainable cities: doable. Singapore: Business Times. 7 June 2012 
display.pdf
 
2011

Quah, E & Varkkey, H. 2011. Losing sight in the haze of fire-fighting. The Straits Times Singapore. 31 May 2011 
Losing sight in the haze of fire-fighting.pdf
 
Others
 
2014

Muhamad Varkkey, H. 2014. Singapore s Transboundary Pollution Bill Prospects and Challenges. Khor Reports. http://khorreports- palmoil.blogspot.com/2014/03/singapores-transboundary- pollution-bill.html 
Presentation1.pdf
 
2013

Muhamad Varkkey, H. 2013. Transboundary Haze: From Indonesia to Singapore. in Principles of Economics: An Asian Edition. Second Edition. Eds. N. G. Mankiw, E. Quah, P. Wilson. Singapore: Cengage Learning. 216-220 
pg3.PDF

Khor, Y. L., Mavroeidi, V., Varkkey, H. & Wong, R. 2013. The Carbon Conundrum: Palm producers push for biodiesel mandates. Khor reports' Palm Oil (2) 
khorreports-palm_oil-issue02-1305-carbonceiling_biodiesel.pdf

Khor, Y. L., Mavroeidi, V., Varkkey, H. & Wong, R. 2013. Trade Tussles: Corporate: Who got the best prices and growth prospects? Khor Reports' Palm Oil (3) 
khorreports-palm_oil-issue003-130710--trade_prices_frontiers_corp.pdf

Khor, Y. L., Mavroeidi, V., & Varkkey, H. 2013. Indonesia s boom: Production & consumption go-go, but plantations weather earnings crunch, Khor Reports' Palm Oil (4) 

Khor, Y. L., Mavroeidi, V., & Varkkey, H. 2013. Sustainability Watch, Khor Reports' Palm Oil, Issue 1, August 

AREAS OF RESEARCH
(Project title), (Role), (From)-(Until), (Source), (Level).

Malaysian Business History, Co-Investigator, 2012-2014, Geran Penyelidikan Universiti Malaya (UMRG), National

CONSULTATION PROJECT/CONSULTANCY
(Project title), (Role), (From)-(Until), (Organisation).

Khor Reports, Associate and Contributor, 2013-2013, Khor Reports (Segi Enam Advisors)

AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS
(Name of Award), (Awarding Institution), (Year Awarded), (Level).

Best Student, Department of Communication, Universiti Putra Malaysia, 2007, (UNIVERSITY)

Malaysian Representative, 7th Hitachi Young Leaders Initiative 2005, Hitachi, Ltd., 2005, (INTERNATIONAL)

PRESENTATIONS
(Title), (Event), (Date Presented), (Organiser), (Level).
 
Invited Speaker

-, NGO Roundtable on Environment, Sustainability & Climate Change, 01 Nov 2013 to 01 Nov 2013, Singapore Institute of International Affairs, (International)

Non-traditional Security issues: Environmental Security in ASEAN, QXGB6102 Political Economy of Regional Integration, 12 Jan 2010 to 12 Jan 2010, Asia-Europe Institute, Universiti Malaya, (University)

Regional Cooperation, Patronage and the ASEAN Haze Agreement, School of Arts and Social Sciences Seminar Series, 27 Aug 2013 to 27 Aug 2013, School of Arts and Social Sciences, Monash University, (University)
 
Poster

The political economy of haze mitigation: Commercial oil palm plantations vs. smallholders, Pameran Penyelidikan Fakulti Sastera dan Sains Sosial (FSSS), 26 Sep 2012 to 27 Sep 2012, Fakulti Sastera dan Sains Sosial, (University)
 
Presenter

Theory and Practice of International Environmental Negotiations, 12th Eurasian Business and Economics Society Conference, 08 Jan 2014 to 11 Jan 2014, Eurasian Business and Economics Society, (International)

Transboundary Haze and ASEAN: Singapore, Suffering Twice, Asian Identities: Trends in a Globalized World, 09 Feb 2011 to 11 Feb 2011, Faculty of Social Science, Srinakarinwirot University, (International)

The Stakeholders Responsibility Approach in Mitigating Forest Fires and Transboundary Haze in Southeast Asia, The 7th International Conference on Malaysia-Indonesia Relations, 22 Oct 2013 to 24 Oct 2013, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Universiti Malaya, (International)

Environmental and Navigational Safety Cooperation in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore: Debating the Japanese Proposal, International Seminar on Maritime Culture and Geopolitics 2008, 23 Oct 2008 to 24 Oct 2008, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences & Insitutite for Ocean and Earth Sciences, University of Malaya, (International)

Indonesia, ASEAN and Non-Intervention: Sovereignty, Decentralization and Regional Leadership Issues in the Management of the Southeast Asian Haze, Seminar Indonesia-Malaysia Update 2008, 27 May 2008 to 29 May 2008, Universitas Gadjah Mada, (International)

Transboundary haze and the ASEAN Way - The View from Malaysia, Connected Globe: Conflicting Worlds, 27 Sep 2010 to 29 Sep 2010, Australian Political Science Association
 
Others

-, 27th Asia Pacific Roundtable, 03 Jun 2013 to 05 Jun 2013, Institute of Strategic & International Studies (ISIS) Malaysia, (International)

n/a, National Colloquium on Malaysia's Chairmanship of Asean 2015, 08 Apr 2014 to 10 Apr 2014, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Malaysia, (National)

SUPERVISION

 
Role As Advisor At First Degree Level
(Academic Session), (No. of Candidates), (No. of Contact Hours Per Year)

2014/2015, 12, 4

2012/2013, 18, 4
 
Post Graduate Level
(Name of Degree), (Name of Candidates), (Title of Thesis), (Academic Session)

Ongoing

Masters Degree, Ikenna Nnadozie, Israel-Palestine Conflict Resolution, 2013/2014

Masters Degree, Lailatul Afizdha Binti Arip, Youth and Terrorism: Malaysia's Security Perspective, 2012/2013
 
First Degree/Diploma/Pre-Degree
(Course Title), (Academic Session), (No. of Candidates)

Completed

AUEA 2190 Latihan Praktikum (Industrial Training), 2012/2013, 8

AUEA 3180 Projek Ilmiah (Research Project), 2012/2013, 3

Ongoing

AUEA 3180 Latihan Ilmiah, 2013/2014, 3

TEACHING
(Course Title), (Academic Session), (No of Student), (No of Contact Hours).


First Degree

Analisis Dasar Luar, 2008/2009(1), 41, 3

Dasar Luar Kuasa-Kuasa Besar, 2008/2009(1), 13, 3

NON-STATES ACTORS IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, 2012/2013(1), 8, 3

INTRODUCTION TO POLITICS, 2012/2013, 7, 1

NON-STATES ACTORS IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, 2013/2014(1), 13, 3

INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATION, 2013/2014(1), 17, 3

FOREIGN POLICIES OF SOUTH EAST ASIA NATIONS, 2012/2013(2), 25, 5

EVALUATION ACTIVITIES
(Description), (Evaluation Activity),(Year).

Ensuring Malaysia's Energy Security: Current Scenario & Future Prospects, Candidature Defence (Masters) ,  (2012-2013)

Water Geopolitics in the Nile River Basin: Source of Cooperation or Bone of Contention, Candidature Defence (Masters) ,  (2013-2013)

OPPORTUNITY COSTS OF REDD+ TO THE COMMUNITIES OF MUFINDI DISTRICT, IRINGA, TANZANIA for International Journal of Forestry Research, Article In Journal ,  (2013-2013)

Social Media and the political Upheaval in Egypt, Candidature Defence ,  (2012-2013)

Ensuring Malaysia's Energy Security: The Current Scenario and Future Outlook, Thesis ,  (2012-2013)

Peranan Diplomasi dalam Era Konfrontasi Malaysia-Indonesia (First Degree), Thesis ,  (2013-2013)

Human Trafficking & Security Challenges in Malaysia, Candidature Defence (PhD) ,  (2010-2013)

Isu Rohingya: Impak Terhadap Hak Asasi Manusia (First Degree), Thesis ,  (2013-2013)

International Maritime Affairs, Candidature Defence (Masters) ,  (2012-2013)

Public concerns about transboundary haze: a comparison of Indonesia, Singapore, and Malaysia (Global Environmental Change - ISI Publication), Article In Journal ,  (2013-2013)

We'll Put the Plantations Here!: Political Contestation, Resource Control, and Conservation in an Era of Decentralization at Indonesia's Kerinci Seblat National Park (Asia Pacific Viewpoint - ISI Publication), Article In Journal ,  (2013-2013)

Socio-Political Blogs in Malaysia: Challenges to Regime Security, Thesis ,  (2012-2013)

The Arab Spring in Egypt: The Role of Social Media, Thesis ,  (2012-2013)

Humanitarian Intervention and Responsibility to Protect: Libya as a Case Study, Candidature Defence - Masters ,  (2012-2014)

WATER GEOPOLITICS IN THE NILE RIVER BASIN: SOURCE OF COOPERATION OF BONE OF CONTENTION, Thesis ,  (2012-2014)

THE ROLE OF THE CHINA PRESS AS A PROPAGANDA INSTRUMENT DURING THE MALAYAN EMERGENCY 1948-1960, Thesis ,  (2012-2014)

CONTRIBUTION TO SOCIETY
(Contribution To Society), (Level), (Start Date), (End Date).

Volunteer, Civil Service International at Zoo Negara for Earth Day 2010, (Community), 25-Apr-10 until 25-Apr-10