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Dr Sharon Koh is the current Director of Graduate Research Programs and is a senior lecturer under the School of Business at Monash University Malaysia. She undertakes research in development economics, particularly on issues related to improving the economic and social conditions of communities in developing countries. She was the principal investigator of several school seed grants which looked at the livelihood of vulnerable communities in Malaysia. Her first co-edited book, Vulnerable Groups in Malaysia (2020, De Gruyter), with Thaatchaayini Kananatu, captures the vulnerabilities of particular groups, namely women, children, rural communities, and indigenous people in Malaysia. Her second co-edited book on COVID-19 and the Evolving Business Environment in Asia (2022, Springer) with Andrei Kwok and Motoki Watabe largely addresses the business and societal impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Sharon has also disseminated her research at local and international conferences.

Her work on thriving communities (together with Associate Professor Grace Lee and Juliana French) was nominated for the 2022 Vice-Chancellor’s Excellence Awards for Diversity and Inclusion. The team also won the 2022 Dean’s EDSI Research Excellence Award from the Faculty of Business. She is also passionate about teaching and is always exploring ways to improve active learning in the classroom.

Sharon served as the Chair of the Early Career Researcher Network Committee, Monash Malaysia in 2020 and 2021 and Deputy Chair in 2019. 

Research interests

  • Development Economics
  • Economic Integration
  • ASEAN Economy

Monash teaching commitment

  • ECW1101 Introductory Microeconomics
  • ECW1102 Introductory Macroeconomics
  • ECW2001 Asia in the world economy
  • ECM5953 Economics
  • ECM2642 Southeast Asia economies and global business
  • ECW2721 Trade finance and exchange rate

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research area keywords

  • Development Economics
  • Tourism economics
  • Social economics


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