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PhD, London University's School of Oriental and African Studies; MA, BA, Auckland University
Professor Heng’s research interests have focused on identity politics, ethnic relations, governance and economic development, with particular reference to Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. She also studies the nexus between Islam, democracy and militant movements, as well as Islam and gender relations in Southeast Asia. Other current research interests include ASEAN and regionalism in East Asia, particularly China’s impact in the region, and the increasing salience of non-traditional/human security issues, such as transnational labor flows and trafficking in persons in Southeast Asia. In addition, Professor Heng examines free trade arrangements in the region, giving particular attention to Malaysia-US free trade negotiations.