Jeff Tan

Associate Professor

Telephone: 020 7380 3848


Dr Tan completed his PhD in Economics at SOAS. He previously taught development studies at SOAS and LSE, and worked on governance and human rights in Malaysia. His areas of interest include developmental state theories, late industrialisation, poverty, privatisation, corruption and urban transport networks.

Current areas of teaching

Dr Tan is especially interested in how political and economic factors interact and shape policies and institutions, and the impact of this on development. He has published on privatisation, including a book Privatization in Malaysia (Routledge, 2008) and a chapter 'The Political Economy of Privatisation in Malaysia' in Leading Issues in Competition, Regulation and Development (Edward Elgar, 2004) along with several working papers. His current research is on entrepreneurship and innovation, and financial liberalisation and capital accumulation.

Research interests

Development studies; Malaysian political economy; privatisation, entrepreneurship and innovation; late industrialisation; developmental state theories; governance and corruption.

Created on:04/26/2016 Last modified:05/16/2019