Dr Teo Lee Ken

Policy & Research Officer, APPGM-SDG


DR. TEO LEE KEN is a researcher at the mySdg Center for Social Inclusion (myCSI), a policy advocacy and research unit under the All-Party Parliamentary Group Malaysia on Sustainable Development Goals (APPGM-SDG), which focuses on social analysis on the sustainable development goals, society, and policy reform in the economic, social and environmental domains. He was previously a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Al-Zahra, Tehran where his research focused on intellectual thought and political narratives in Iran and Malaysia, and has also been a visiting researcher at the Australian National University (ANU). He has presented academic and social research papers in
Singapore, Japan, Turkey, Iran, Indonesia, Germany and the United States. He holds a PhD in Malay Studies from the Department of Malay Studies, the National University of Singapore (NUS), and a LLM from the same university. His areas of interests include the sociology of knowledge and culture, political history, social theory, comparative politics, social policy and development, and nationalism. At present, his work focuses on the interrelation between public policy, inclusivity, and the project of nation-building. Among his publications include Syed Hussein Alatas and the Question of Political Thought in Syed Hussein Alatas and Critical Social Theory, edited by Dustin J. Byrd and Seyed Javad Miri (2023), and SDG Policies and Practices in Malaysia, co-edited with Debbie Loh (2023).