David Koh is Singapore Chinese born, bred, and based in Singapore until the VinUni called him to Hanoi. His work experience over the last thirty years included copy-writer in an advertising agency; as a medical records clerk; as a radiography stenographer; a prisons officer, a high school teacher, foreign service officer, researcher and research program lead, journal editor, conference/seminar organiser and moderator, university lecturer, World Bank & UNDP consultant, academic entrepreneur, Board Chairman of an NGO, Town Council member, and last but not least, a businessman.
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- Vietnam’s politics, socio-economic development, and foreign policy
- National politics of Southeast Asian countries
- International politics and major powers in Southeast Asia
- “State-Society Relations in Vietnam: Strong or Weak State?” in Southeast Asian Affairs 2001, 369-86.
- “Negotiating the Vietnamese State Through Local Administrators: The Case of Karaoke Shops” Sojourn 16 No. 2, October 2001, 279-305
- “The Politics of a Divided Party and Parkinson’s State in Vietnam” Contemporary Southeast Asia 23 No. 3, December 2001.
- “Urban Government: Ward-level Administration in Hanoi,” in Benedict J. Tria Kerkvliet & David G. Marr eds., Beyond Hanoi: Local Government in Vietnam, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore, 2004, pp. 197-228.
- Wards of Hanoi. Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 2006.
- Legacies of the World War II in South and East Asia (editor). Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore, 2007.
- “Leadership changes at the 10th Congress of the Vietnamese Communist Party,” Asian Survey 48:4, 2008
- “The 6th Plenum in Vietnam: Thunder without rain.” ISEAS Perspectives 29 October 2012.
- Politics and society
- International politics
- Public policy research of various types and issues
- PhD, The Australian National University, 2000
- MA Strategic Studies, The Australian National University, 1993
- B. Sc. (Honours), National University of Singapore, 1999
- B.A., National University of Singapore, 1989