Stephen was awarded his Ph.D in 2000. He been involved in teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students at Murdoch University, University of Adelaide and The University of Western Australia since the early 1990s.
Stephen is currently the Offshore Coordinator for the School of Social Sciences.
He teaches first year units in the Asian Studies Major as well as second year, honours and masters level units.
2010 Australian Learning and Teaching Grant (part of a team coordinated by Professor Caroline Baillie from Engineering)
2006 UWA Small Grant
Stephen has taught previously in Asian Studies at Murdoch University and in History at Adelaide University.
He is currently working on labour history projects in Singapore's early industrialisation.
Stephen teaches the following first year and upper level Asian Studies units.
ASIA1001 Asian Societies and Cultures
ASIA1002 Asia From Colonial to Modern
ASIA2001 Culture Society and the State in Asia
*Teaching Award Nominations*
Excellence in Teaching Nomination 2017
Excellence in Teaching Nomination 2016
Excellence in Teaching Nomination 2013
Excellence in Teaching Nomination 2010
Excellence in Teaching Nomination 2009 (Also Research Supervision category).
Excellence in Teaching Nomination 2008
Excellence in Teaching Nomination 2007
Stephen has a long standing research interest in the social and political history of Southeast Asia with a particular interest in Singapore and Malaysia.
He has written extensively on the history and early development of the Port of Singapore and maintains an ongoing interest in the port’s role in contemporary Southeast Asia and global maritime trade.
He is also researching aspects of environmental history and development relating to the Isthmus of Kra in Thailand during the period of European colonialism in the region.
His interest in environmental issues and history in the Southeast Asian region has involved research relating to issues around water and development along the Mekong River and Timor Leste.