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Jayde Lin Roberts

Jayde Lin Roberts

Lecturer, Chinese and Asian Studies
Global Cultures & Languages

Room 328, Social Sciences Building, Sandy Bay Campus

+61 3 6226 2556 (phone)

+61 3 6226 7813 (fax)

Jayde.Roberts@utas.edu.au

Dr Jayde Lin Roberts is an interdisciplinary scholar of the built environment and Burma/Myanmar specialist. Her research has been funded by the Fulbright-Hayes DDRA Program, the Blakemore Freeman Fellowship and ANU's CIW non-resident fellowship. In 2014, she served as the lead researcher for an EU-funded project to examine urban livelihoods in Yangon/Rangoon and her monograph,Mapping Chinese Rangoon: Place and Nation among the Sino-Burmese, was published by the University of Washington Press in June 2016. She has been selected as Fullbright U.S. Fellow for Burma/Myanmar for 2016 to 2017.

Career summary

Qualifications

DegreeTitle of ThesisUniversityCountryAwarded
PhDTracing the Ethos of the Sino-Burmese in the Urban Fabric of Yangon, MyanmarUniversity of WashingtonUnited States2011
MAThe Great Hall of the People: Defining the Socialist Chinese National Identity through Re-defining the Capitol.University of WashingtonUnited States2004
BA University of California, BerkeleyUnited States1993

Languages (other than English)

Speaking, reading and writing:

  • Mandarin Chinese
  • Hokkien Chinese
  • Burmese

Reading:

  • Hindi

Memberships

Professional practice

  • Association for Asian Studies
  • Burma Studies Group
  • International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments
  • Pacific Rim Community Design Network

Committee associations

Burma Studies Group, secretary

Teaching

Burma/Myanmar, Asian Cities, Urban Studies, Chinese overseas, Chinese diaspora

Teaching responsibility

Research Invitations

Presented following papers and workshops by invitation:

  • 'Power, Participation and Yangon' – Burma/Myanmar Update 2015: Making Sense of Conflict, June 5-6, 2015
  • 'Community and Livability in Yangon – initiative and informality' – Building the Future: The Role of Heritage in the Sustainable Development of Yangon, World Monuments Fund Forum, Yangon, Jan 15-17, 2015.
  • 'Workshop on Urban Livelihoods and the Economics of Heritage Protection' – Yangon City Development Committee, Jan 13-14, 2015.
  • 'Locating the Chinese in Rangoon: The Sino-Burmese' – ANU Department of Political and Social Change, Oct 2, 2014

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Research Themes

Jayde Roberts' research aligns with the University's research theme of Creativity, Culture and Society. She examines the influence of migrant and diasporic communities on the physical and social structures of Asian cities, particularly Yangon/Rangoon, Myanmar. Her current research project, 'Narratives of Development in Yangon: Reconciling Modernity and Locality', studies the effects of colonialism and contemporary globalization on the social, economic, political and spatial structure of the city.

Awards

  • Everyday urbanism
  • Asian cities
  • Human-built environment relationship in cities
  • Chinese overseas

Current projects

Jayde's current project under development is A Biography of Rangoon: Development in a post-colonial city – and seeking funding for this inlcuding applying for ARC Linkage and DECRA and anything that might support this. She has already established some research partnerships with architects and planning officials in Burma.

Fields of Research

  • Urban and Regional Studies (excl. Planning) (160404)
  • Studies of Asian Society (169903)
  • Social and Cultural Geography (160403)

Research Objectives

  • Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society (970116)
  • Urban Planning (870105)

Publications

Total publications

12

Highlighted publications

(1 outputs)
YearTypeCitationAltmetrics
2016BookRoberts JL, 'Mapping Chinese Rangoon: Place and nation among the Sino-Burmese', University of Washington Press, Seattle, USA, pp. 224. ISBN 9780295996677 (2016) [Authored Research Book]

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Book

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2016Roberts JL, 'Mapping Chinese Rangoon: Place and nation among the Sino-Burmese', University of Washington Press, Seattle, USA, pp. 224. ISBN 9780295996677 (2016) [Authored Research Book]

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Chapter in Book

(3 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2017Roberts J, 'Tradition as an Imposed and Elite Inheritance: Yangon's Modern Past', Whose Tradition? Discourses on the Built Environment, Routledge, N AlSayyad, M Gillem and D Moffat (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 41-61. ISBN 9781138192072 (2017) [Research Book Chapter]

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2017Roberts JL, 'Heritage-Making and Post-coloniality in Yangon, Myanmar', Citizens, Civil Society and Heritage-making in Asia, ISEAS Publishing, Hsin-Huang Michael Hsiao, Hui Yew-Foong, Philippe Peycam (ed), Singapore, pp. 40-. ISBN 978-981-4786-15-7 (2017) [Research Book Chapter]

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2013Roberts Jayde Lin, 'The Sin Oh Dan Street Lion Dance Competition - A Temporary Space for Cross-cultural Understanding', Transcultural Cities: Border-crossings and Placemaking, Routledge, Jeffrey Hou (ed), UK, pp. 62-74. ISBN 9780415631419 (2013) [Research Book Chapter]

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Conference Publication

(8 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2015Roberts JL, 'Building the Future: The Role of Heritage in the Sustainable Development of Yangon', Building the Future: The Role of Heritage in the Sustainable Development of Yangon, 15-17 January, Yangon, Myanmar, pp. 38-42. ISBN 978-0-9903322-0-6 (2015) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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2014Roberts JL, 'Heritage-making as a condition of post-coloniality', Conference Proceedings of 'Citizens, Civil Society and the Cultural Politics of, December 11-13, Taiwan (2014) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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2012Roberts JL, 'Refashioning the Vestiges of Cosmopolitanism: Contemporary Yangon, Myanmar', ASAA Knowing Asia: Asian Studies in an Asian Century, July 2012, Sydney, pp. 94. (2012) [Conference Extract]

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2012Roberts JL, 'The Role of Sino-Burmese Entrepreneurs in a Reforming Myanmar: a Hypothesis', The University of Hong Kong, June 18-20 2012, Hong Kong, pp. 109-118. (2012) [Conference Edited]

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2011Roberts JL, 'Cross-cultural Understanding Against the Odds - Lion Dancing in Yangon, Burma (Myanmar)', Transcultural Cities Symposium, Feb 11-13, 2011, University of Washington, Seattle, USA (2011) [Conference Extract]

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2010Roberts JL, 'The Hokkien Guanyin Temple - A Carefully Negotiated Micro-topia', International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments (IASTE), Dec. 15-18 2010, Beirut, Lebanon (2010) [Conference Extract]

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2008Roberts JL, 'Producing Chinese Spaces in Yangon, Burma', Interactions between Southeast Asia and China at the Turn of the 21st Century, May 25-27 2008, Xiamen, China, pp. 1. (2008) [Conference Extract]

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2008Roberts JL, 'Performances of Tradition by the Sino-Burmese: Chinese New Year in Yangon, Burma', International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments (IASTE), Dec 12-15 2008, Oxford, England (2008) [Conference Extract]

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Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants

4

Total funding

$126,070

Projects

Understanding and Planning Cities in Burma/Myanmar (2016 - 2017)$107,830
Description
In the four years since President Thein Sein initiated national reform, unplanned and rapid urbanization has caught government officials and the few planning professionals in Burma/Myanmar unprepared. Pressed for time and lacking in human resources after decades of isolation, the Union and municipal governments have had to import pre-packaged solutions that are often poorly aligned with local conditions. These quick fixes have exacerbated existing inequalities because they rarely consider the unique characteristics and challenges of Yangon. It is a city still constrained by its colonial infrastructure and its population is desperate to catch up to the modern world even if residents are unclear what that modernity might be beyond skyscrapers, high-end shopping malls and new cars. This project will examine the complexity of cities, not only as technical, infrastructural problems to be solved through rational planning and engineering, but also as dynamic and place-specific communities with histories, social and political hierarchies, and formal and informal systems and networks that animate daily life. Therefore, the four related components of teaching and research will emphasize the pervasive influence of power and the importance of democratic participation.
Funding
Australian-American Fulbright Commission ($107,830)
Scheme
Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Roberts JL
Period
2016 - 2017
International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments 2014 Conference (2014)$2,500
Funding
University of Tasmania ($2,500)
Scheme
Grant-Conference Support Scheme
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Roberts JL
Year
2014
Deleuze and China (2012)$8,740
Funding
Australian National University ($8,740)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Harrison M; Roberts JL; Stark HL
Year
2012
The Confucius Institute in Myanmar - Redefining Chinese-ness through Chinese Language Education (2012)$7,000
Funding
Department of Industry and Science ($7,000)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Roberts JL
Year
2012

Research Supervision

Current

2

Current

DegreeTitleCommenced
PhDThe Unsettled Hearts in the West: Self-representations of diasporic Chinese self-narratives in English, 1980s1990s2013
PhDContemporary ink and wash - New art form of Chinese calligraphy and painting in the combined influence of western and eastern cultures2014