Dr.Helena Varkkey

Senior Lecturer at the Department of International and Strategic Studies, University of Malaya

Her research focuses on the governance of transboundary pollution or ‘haze’ in Southeast Asia. She seeks to understand how economic development can be reconciled with environmental sustainability in this resource-rich region. The findings from her PhD at the University of Sydney has been published as a book in 2016 as part of the Routledge Malaysian Studies Series, entitled “The Haze Problem in Southeast Asia: Palm Oil and Patronage”.
She has consulted for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Academy of Sciences, Malaysia and the ASEAN Secretariat on these topics, and continues to undertake research in this field. She is currently a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore.

Published Article:
The Haze Problem in Southeast Asia: Palm Oil and Patronage