Research

Organizationally, KITA has six research clusters. Each cluster is led by a prominent scholar or a highly experienced professional with an outstanding record of achievements in his or her respective field. It is his/her responsibility to plan and develop activities for the research cluster he/she is in charge of and is also expected to seek fundingĀ from within and outside the university. Due to the elevated status of UKM as a Research University, each research cluster is tasked to create an International Advisory Network respectively to advise and evaluate all their activities based on international benchmarks globally from time to time. The six clusters are as follows:

Cluster

Description

Social Theory and Ethnic Studies

Critically examines the existing debates and discourses on the theoretical and conceptual endeavours within the field of ethnic studies and explore new and academically imperative research areas.


Head of Cluster: Distinguished Prof. Datuk Dr. Shamsul Amri Baharuddin
Ethnicity and Religion

The complex relationship between ethnicity and religion is observed and analysed, in a critical and sustained manner, for both academic and policy purposes.


Head of Cluster: Distinguished Prof. Datuk Dr. Shamsul Amri Baharuddin
Ethnicity at Workplace

The increased ethnic pluralization of societies worldwide due to global demand for labour and large-scale demographic displacement of peoples demands a closer analytical examination of its impact at various workplaces in a broad range of socio-economic activities.


Head of Cluster: Prof. Dr. Mansor Mohd. Noor
Ethnicity and Consumerism

The lifestyles of millions have been transformed by globalization that, in turn, created a certain level of homogeneity which is embedded in various heterogeneous social formations (ethnic, class and religion) hence needing a critical and sustained analytical examination.


Head of Cluster: Prof. Dr. Ong Puay Liu
Arts and Social Integration

Important but often marginalized as a focus of research, the arts has indeed played a critical, if silent, role, in fostering social integration across a broad spectrum of societal forms and interests, thus it needs a macro and micro research attention.


Head of Cluster: Dr. Adil Johan
Ethnicity and Food

Food is one of the most powerful cultural and identity markers, as everyone can relate to it on a daily basis. Conceptually food can be viewed as a symbolic medium of integration or differentiation in multi-ethnic Malaysia. Eating patterns need therefore to be empirically investigated in the context of social change.


Head of Cluster: Dr. Eric Olmedo Panal

Click here forĀ a list of current research projects by KITA (active and completed).