David Deterding

Associate Professors

Ampuan Hj Brahim bin Ampuan Hj Tengah

Hj Asbol bin Hj Mail

Gary Jones

James McLellan

Khondker Iftekhar Iqbal

Noor Azam OKMB Haji-Othman

Ahsan Ullah

Senior Assistant Professors

Aini binti Hj Karim

Rommel Curaming

Debbie Ho

Hj Ramlee bin Hj Tinkong

Hjh Dyg Fatimah binti Hj Awang Chuchu

Johannes L. Kurz

Md Shafi Noor Islam

Paul Deyuan He

Salbrina Hj Sharbawi

Sharifah Nurul Huda Alkaff

Yabit Alas

Assistant Professors

Meredian Alam

Hjh Asiyah Az-Zahra bte Hj Ahmad Kumpoh

Kathrina bte DP Haji Mohd Daud

Magne Knudsen

Muhammad Arafat Bin Mohamad

Rui Oliveira Lopes

Shirley Chin

Yong Liu


Ak Hj Ashrol Rahimy bin Pg Hj Damit

Asmali Hj Sulaiman

Chester Keasberry

Daniel Wee

Dk Noor Hasharina bte Pg Haji Hassan

Ena Herni binti Wasli

Gabriel Yong

Hannah Ho Ming Yit

Hjh Aznah binti Hj Suhaimi

Izni Azrein bin Noor Azalie

Khairunnisa Haji Ibrahim

Mardina binti Hj Mahadi

Maslin bin Haji Jukin/Jukim

Mohd. Zefri Ariff bin Mohd. Zain Ariff

Nani Suryani binti Hj Abu Bakar

Norzurianie Hj Kamarulzaman

Rinni Marliyana binti Hj Amran

Siti Mazidah binti Hj Mohamad

Assistant Lecturers

Mayyer Ling


Exzayrani binti Awang Sulaiman

Pg Mohd Rahiman Pg Aliudin

Shariza Wahyuna Hj Shahrin

Siti Badriyah Hj Mohd Yusof

Siti Ifwah Fauzani binti Hj Chuchu

Administrative Staff

FASS Administrative Staff

Research Students

FASS PhD Students

Research Assistants

Diotima Chattoraj

Diotima Chattoraj

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Academic Qualifications

Background and Research Interest

Diotima Chattoraj, a PhD (with distinction magna-cum-laude) from the Department of International Development Studies (IEE), Ruhr-University, Bochum, Germany, is a social scientist with over 7 years of research experience in the field of migration and development studies. She received funding from DAAD, Stipendien der Wilhelm und Günter Esser Stiftung and IEE to pursue her PhD research. At Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD), she was involved in several Research Projects, namely, Skill-Mobility in Asia, Rohingyas, Gender and different kinds of Migration and Security issues. These projects are funded by the University of Brunei. Presently at UBD, she is involved in the Research Project "Gender Analysis of Transnational Migration: Local-global interactions".

Her areas of research interests include Asia, Sociology of migration, theories of migration, refugee, trafficking, globalization, Climate change, Development, Gender Studies, Security issues, international relations, and boundary-making. She has published a number of articles (which are Scopus Indexed) and book reviews in international refereed journals respectively. In addition, her book titled, ‘Diasporic Search for 'Home': Displaced Sri Lankan Tamils’, based on her PhD thesis, is also in Press with Springer (Singapore). Besides, she has also been working as a peer reviewer for a number of international refereed journals like South Asia Research, Comparative Migration Studies and few more. She has also been external Examiners for a couple of Master’s Thesis. She has presented her works in international conferences as invited speakers.

Areas of Interest

Scholastic Honors

Research Publications


Chattoraj, D., “Displacement among Sri Lankan Tamil Migrants: The Diasporic Search for Home in the Aftermath of War”. (in Press with Springer Nature: Singapore).

Book Chapters

Ullah, A. & Chattoraj, D., “Rohingya Children in Bangladesh: Questioning the past and Imagining the future”. (accepted for Syed Muhd Khairudin Aljunied (ed.) Routledge Handbook of Islam in Southeast Asia).

Journal Articles

Chattoraj, D. & Gerharz E. (2019). Strangers at home: narratives of northern Muslim returnees in post-war Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka Journal of Social Sciences, 42(02), 113-126.

Ullah, A.K.M. Ahsan, Siti Mazidah Haji Mohamad, Noor Hasharina Pg Hj Hasan & Chattoraj, D. “Migration and Security: An Illusionary correlation?” (accepted by India Quarterly).

Ullah, A.K.M. Ahsan, Siti Mazidah Mohamad, Noor Hasharina Hassan, & Chattoraj, D. (2019). Global skill deficiency: Perspectives of skill mobility in Southeast Asian countries. Asian Education and Development Studies. (On-line Link). (PDF Version).

Chattoraj, D., “Emergence of a new Identity through Migration: A comparative case study of Sri Lankan Tamil women in Sri Lanka and Singapore”. (accepted by Nusantara: International Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences).

Chattoraj, D., & Gerharz, E. (2019). Difficult return: Muslims’ ambivalent attachments to Jaffna in post-conflict Sri Lanka. Institute of Asian Studies Working Paper No. 46. (PDF Version).

Chattoraj, D. (2019). Narratives of Sri Lankan displaced Tamils living in welfare centers in Jaffna, Sri Lanka. Journal of Maritime Studies and National Integration, 2(2), 67–4. (PDF Version).

Ullah, A.K.M. Ahsan, & Chattoraj, D. (2018). Roots of discrimination against Rohingya minorities: Society, Ethnicity and International Relations. Intellectual Discourse, 26(2), 541–565. (PDF Version).

Chattoraj, D. (2018). Experiences of Sri Lankan Tamils displaced to Colombo: Three narratives. eTropic, 17(1), 137–148.

Conference Papers

Global Skill Deficiency: Perspectives of skill mobility in Southeast Asian countries: Presented as an Invited Keynote Speaker at the 2nd International conference on Southeast Asian Maritime World in the Age of Motion (ICONSEAMO): Exploring the Root of Multicultural Society in Southeast Asia organized by the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Diponegoro, Indonesia on 29th November 2018.

Asia Borders and Mobility: A case study of Rohingya Refugees: Presented as an Invited speaker at the 1st Annual International Seminar on Maritime conflict and National Integration in the Indo-Pacific Region organized by the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Diponegoro, Indonesia on 1st November 2018.

Unhoming vs Durable solution: the situation of the displaced Sri Lankan Tamils: Presented at the 3rd PhD conference at the International Institute of Social Sciences (ISS) in The Hague (September 2014) funded by IEE, RUB.

Home and Belonging: Situation of Sri Lankan displaced Tamils in Sri Lanka and S.India: Presented at CARFMS'14: Coherence and Incoherence in Migration Management and Integration: Policies, Practices and Perspectives in Montreal, Canada from 7-9th May 2014, funded by RUB Research School.

Sri Lankan Tamil IDPs and their different notions of Home: Presented at RLC/ZEF International Fall Academy on “The Economies of the Commons: Reshaping Economic Education” on September 19-23, 2012, in Bonn, Germany funded by DAAD.


Chattoraj, D. (2017). “Ambivalent Attachments: Shifting Notions of Home among Displaced Sri Lankan Tamils”, PhD dissertation. (On-line Link).

Book Reviews

Chattoraj, D. (2019). ‘Book Review: Indonesia: Twenty Years of Democracy by Jamie Davidson,’ Studies of Transition States and Societies, 11 (1) (81-83pp). Available at:

Chattoraj, D. (2019). ‘Book Review: Human Security and Migration in Europe's Southern Borders by Susana Ferreira,’ Migration Letters, 16 (2) (345-346pp).

Chattoraj, D. (2019). ‘Book Review: Bangladeshi Migration to Singapore: A Process-oriented Approach by Md Mizanur Rahman’ Sojourn, 34(2).

Chattoraj, D. (2018). ‘Book Review: Borders and Mobility in South Asia and Beyond by Reece Jones and Md. Azmeary Ferdoush (Eds.)’. Journal of Contemporary Asia. DOI: 10.1080/00472336.2018.1506044.

Chattoraj, D. (2018). ‘Book Review: Ananda Bhattacharyya, Remembering Komagata Maru. Official Reports and Contemporary Accounts’. South Asia Research, 38(3), (96-98pp).

Chattoraj, D. (2017). ‘Book Review: Yogeswary Vijayapalan,Endless Inequality: The Rights of Plantation Tamils in Sri Lanka.’ South Asia Research, 37(1) (111–113pp).

Chattoraj, D. (2015). ‘Book Review: Sharika Thiranagama, In My Mother’s House: Civil War in Sri Lanka’. South Asia Research, 35(1), (136-138pp).

Popular forum

Chattoraj, D. (2018), “Redefining home: Experiences of the Jaffna Displaced”, Groundviews published on April 28, 2018. (On-line Link).