Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography


The Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography is an important part of the Department’s international visibility and role. The journal began as the Malayan Journal of Tropical Geography (MJTG) which the Department launched in 1953. In 1958, it became the Journal of Tropical Geography (JTG) and in 1980 it was renamed the Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography (SJTG). Since 1997, it has been jointly published by the Department of Geography, National University of Singapore and Blackwell Publishers (since 2008 Wiley-Blackwell). This publishing arrangement combines the strength of the academic and editorial expertise of the parent NUS Geography Department and the experience and resources of a leading publisher of English-language Geography journals to contribute to the SJTG’s international visibility.

The Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography is therefore well established and recognized as the leading periodical dealing specifically with geographical and social science perspectives on the tropical world including the Americas, Africa, Asia Australia and Oceania. It acts as a forum for scholars and specialists – not only those working on issues relating to the tropical world from the “outside” but also those who work and live within the tropics. Specifically the Journal targets authors working on tropical environments, who find a dedicated intellectual space and a commitment to constructive and prompt review. The Journal is important moreover, to many scholars from elsewhere in Asia and Africa (and the wider ‘tropical world’), who are encouraged to submit and develop material for an international audience (almost a quarter of material published in the Journal is from scholars based outside OECD member states and beyond the usual Anglo-American ‘core’ of Anglophone geography). The Journal also prides itself in setting agendas across the ‘cutting edge’ of debates, such as those about fieldwork in the tropics, or post-colonialism and development. From 2000 onwards, the Journal has been published three times a year in March, July and November.

The Department makes a substantial investment in sustaining the journal, through cartographic support and sponsorship of conferences, plenary sessions, student conference funding and prizes. In 2009, the Journal established the SJTG Conference Award Evaluation Committee to help fund the Department’s graduate students in overseas conferences. The Editorial Board comprises members of the Department and meets at least twice a year. In addition the Editorial Board is consulted frequently (via email) on specific papers, proposals for special issues/special sections and editorial directions. The Department-centred Editorial Board is strengthened and complimented by an International Advisory Board comprising specialists in human and physical environments of various tropical regions.

This combination of activities, impacts and roles draw upon and reinforce the reputation of the Department of Geography as a key and vital node in setting disciplinary agendas and articulating geographers and geography from an array of regions and across scholarly traditions. The SJTG is a concrete embodiment of this aspiration and achievement.

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Editorial Board

Position Name


Neil COE


LU Xi Xi

Associate Editors

Godfrey YEUNG

Book Review Editor



FENG Chen-Chieh
Elaine HO
Shirlena HUANG
POW Choon Piew
Jonathan RIGG
Matthias ROTH
Yi-Chen WANG
Brenda YEOH

Editorial Manager

SOH Gek Han

International Advisory Board

Irasema Alcantara-Ayala
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

Raymond Bryant
King’s College London

John Connell
University of Sydney

Douglas O. Fuller
University of Miami

Jim Glassman
University of British Columbia

Katherine Gough
University of Loughborough

David Higgitt
University of Nottingham, Ningbo

Philip Kelly
York University

Stefan Kienberger
University of Salzburg

Emma Mawdsley
University of Cambridge

Piotr Migon
University of Wroclaw

Sanzidur Rahman
University of Plymouth

Maano Ramutsindela
University of Cape Town

Rachel M. Silvey
University of Toronto

Janet Sturgeon
Simon Fraser University

James Terry
Zayed University

Katie Willis
University of London

Special Issues/Sections

Special issues on themes of relevance to the tropics have become a regular aspect of the journal. For more information on special issues/sections and submission, please click here.

September 2016, 37(3)
Close encounters: Ethnographies of the coproduction of space by the urban poor. Edited by Monique Nuijten and Martijn Koster

July 2015, 36 (2)
Establishing state-led 'diaspora strategies' in Asia: Migration-as-development reinvented? Edited by Maureen Hickey, Elaine Lynn-Ee Ho and Brenda S.A. Yeoh

November 2014, 35 (3)
Wastelands, degraded lands and forests, and the class(ification) struggle. Edited by Erik Harms and Ian G. Baird

March 2014, 35 (1)
Advancing postcolonial geography. Edited by James Sidaway, Woon Chih Yuan and Jane Jacobs

March 2013, 34 (1)
Regionalization at the margins: Ethnic minority cross-border dynamics in the greater Mekong sub-region. Edited by Janet Sturgeon

November 2012, 33 (3)
Geographies of the discipline: Experiences of young human geographers researching South Africa. Edited by Daniel Hammett and Gijsbert Hoogendoorn

July 2012, 33 (2)
Fragmentation, conflict and hope in the neoliberal city: Urban space in Latin America and the Caribbean. Edited by Rivke Jaffe and José Carlos G. Aguiar

March 2012, 33 (1)
Other political ecologies. Edited by Soyeun Kim, Godwin Uyi Ojo, Rukhe Zehra Zaidi and Raymond L. Bryant

November 2011, 32 (3)
‘Tropicality-in-motion’: Situating tropical architecture. Edited by Lilian Chee, Jiat-Hwee Chang and Bobby C.T. Wong

March 2011, 32 (1)
Globalization and gendered livelihoods in Sub-Saharan Africa. Edited by Ibipo Johnston-Anumonwo and Ann M. Oberhauser

July 2010, 31 (2)
Environmental dimensions of the Mexican tropics. Edited by Irasema Alcántara-Ayala and Alan P. Dykes

March 2010, 31 (1)
Small island sustainability in The Pacific. Edited by Katherine V. Gough, Tim Bayliss-Smith, John Connell and Ole Mertz

July 2009, 30 (2)
Neoliberalism, mobilities and development: Caribbean intersections. Edited by Tracey Skelton and Susan P. Mains

March 2009, 30 (1)
Continental drift? Development issues in Asia, Latin America and Africa. Edited by Jessie Ph.H. Poon and Henry Wai-Chung Yeung

March 2008, 29 (1)
Cinematic representation of the urban tropical city. Edited by Chua Beng Huat

March 2007, 28 (1)
Gender and agrobiodiversity. Edited by Janet Momsen

November 2006, 27 (3)
Postcolonial geographies of development. Edited by Marcus Power, Giles Mohan and Claire Mercer

March 2006, 27 (1)
Remote sensing on monitoring and modelling of tropical deforestation. Edited by Douglas O. Fuller and Rinku Roy Chowdhury

Special Lectures

In addition to the long established focus and interventions on tropical environments, over the last decade the Journal has increasingly become a key forum for critical work on the histories of tropical geography, postcolonial perspectives and the rethinking of the geographies of development. This has been finessed through a set of special issues and Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography lectures held at international conferences (and subsequently published in the journal with commentaries).

2016: "Miners, maids and other mobile subjects: Remaking agrarian environments in Indonesia" presented by Professor Nancy Lee Peluso of University of California, Berkeley, at the AAG Annual Meeting in San Francisco on 1 April 2016.

2015: "A savanna corridor through Island Southeast Asia: Implications for biogeography and early human dispersal' presented by Professor Michael Bird of James Cook University, Australia, at the XIX INQUA Congress in Nagoya on 31 July 2015.

2014: `Transnational knowledge, the second generation and social mobility in the diaspora' presented by Professor Philip Kelly of York University, Canada, at RGS-IBG,in London on 27 August 2014. Published in the November 2015 issue. DOI: 10.0000/sjtg.12115

2013: `Is flooding in South Asia getting worse and more frequent?' presented by Professor Vishwas S. Kale of University of Pune, India, at the 8th IAG International Conference on Geomorphology, in Paris on 27 August 2013. Published in the July 2014 issue. DOI: 10.1111/sjtg.12060

2012: ‘The end of the Pacific? Effects of sea level rise on Pacific Island livelihoods’ presented by Professor Patrick D. Nunn of School of Behavioural, Cognitive and Social Sciences, University of New England, Australia at the AOGS-AGU (WPGM) Joint Assembly in Singapore on 16 August 2012. Published in the July 2013 issue. DOI: 10.1111/sjtg012021

2011: ‘Decentring poverty studies: Middle class alliances and the social construction of poverty’ presented by Professor Victoria Lawson of Department of Geography, University of Washington, Seattle, at the Conference of the Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting in Seattle on 13 April 2011. Published in the March 2012 issue. DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9493.2012.00443.x

2010: ‘Comparisons: Colonial or cosmopolitan?’ presented by Professor Jennifer Robinson of University College London, UK at the Annual International Conference of the Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers in London on 3 September 2010. Published in the July 2011 issue. DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9493.2011.00423.x

2009: ‘Politicians and geomorphological blunders. Some examples relating to rivers and coasts from Queensland, Australia’ presented by Professor Jonathan Nott of School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, James Cook University at the Seventh International Conference of Geomorphology in Melbourne on 10 July 2009. Published in the November 2010 issue. DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9493.2010.00409.x

2007: ‘Scales of exception: Experiments with knowledge and sheer life in tropical Southeast Asia’ presented by Professor Aihwa Ong of Department of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley, USA at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers in San Francisco on 20 April 2007. Published in the July 2008 issue. DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9493.2008.00323.x

2006: ‘Islands, idylls and the detours of development’ presented Professor John Connell of School of Geosciences, University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia at the International Geographical Union Conference in Brisbane, Australia on 5 July 2006. Published in the July 2007 issue. DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9493.2007.00284.x

2005: ‘Lessons from the tropics for a global geomorphology’ presented by Professor Michael F. Thomas of School of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Stirling, Stirling, UK at the Sixth International Conference on Geomorphology in Zaragoza, Spain on 8 September 2005. Published in the July 2006 issue. DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9493.2006.00246.x

2004: ‘Surplus possibilities: Postdevelopment and community economies’ presented by Professor J.K. Gibson-Graham of Department of Human Geography, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia and Department of Geosciences, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts, USA. Presented at the Institute of Australian Geographers Conference in Adelaide, Australia on 16 April 2004, and published in the March 2005 issue. DOI: 10.1111/j.0129-7619.2005.00198.x

2003: ‘Imagining the tropics: Views and visions of the tropical world’ presented by Professor Felix Driver of Department of Geography, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK at the annual conference of the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) in London on 4 September 2003. Published in the March 2004 issue. DOI: 10.1111/j.0129-7619.2004.00167.x

2002: ‘Development and governmentality’ presented by Professor Michael Watts of Institute of International Studies, University of California, Berkeley, California, USA, at the Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting in Los Angeles on 22 March 2002. Published in the March 2003 issue. DOI: 10.1111/1467-9493.00140

2000: ‘Pop culture China: Conceptualization’ presented by Professor Chua Beng Huat of Department of Sociology, National University of Singapore at the First Global Conference on Economic Geography, Singapore on 6 December 2000. Published in the July 2001 issue. DOI: 10.1111/1467-9493.00097