Emeritus Professor Victor T. King

Emeritus Professor of South East Asian Studies

Summary: Socio-economic development and applied anthropology in Malaysia, Brunei and Indonesia; general sociology and cultural anthropology of South East Asia

About Professor Victor T. King

Victor T. (Terry) King has been teaching and undertaking research in the sociology and anthropology of South East Asia since the early 1970s when he completed his Master's degree at the School of Oriental and African Studies and then undertook field research in Kalimantan, Indonesia for his doctoral degree in social anthropology at the University of Hull. Most of his career was spent in the Centre for South-East Asian Studies and the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology at the University of Hull. He was appointed to a Professorship there in 1988 and at various times served as Director of the Centre for South-East Asian Studies, Dean of the School of Social and Political Sciences, Director of the University Graduate School and Pro-Vice-Chancellor. He joined Leeds University in 2005 and became Executive Director of the White Rose East Asia Centre (WREAC) in 2006. From August 2010 he took early retirement from the University but continues on a part-time basis as Director of WREAC.

He has also served as Secretary of the British Academy's Management Committee for its British Institute in South-East Asia from 1983 to 1986 and then its London-based Committee for South-East Asian Studies from 1986 to 1998 when he then served as Chair of the Committee until 2002. He now sits (ex officio) on the successor committee which has been incorporated into the Association of South-East Asian Studies in the United Kingdom (ASEASUK) as its Research Committee.

Recent Activities

Professor King served as Chair of the Asian Studies sub-panel in the Research Assessment Exercise 2008 and with sub-panel members compiled a paper on Asian Studies in the UK, based on the submissions to the sub-panel. He was appointed as Chair of the Association of South-East Asian Studies in the United Kingdom (ASEASUK) in January 2007, an organisation which he joined in 1973 and for which he served as Honorary Secretary from 1976 to 1983, as Treasurer from 1988 to 1992 and Committee Member from 1979 to 1992 and 2005 to 2007. He completed his tenure as Chair in December 2010. The Association celebrated its fortieth aniversary in 2009 and Professor King has written a 'personal history' of ASEASUK which has been published by the Association and formed part of its celebrations at its annual conference in Swansea in September 2009.

Professor King is currently working with colleagues in the department and at Leeds Metropolitan University and the IMI Universtiy Centre, Luzern, Switzerland on a comparative study of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in South East Asia funded by the British Academy. Field research was undertaken in Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Laos and Vietnam in 2009 and 2010. Further research is scheduled in 2010 in Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines. It is anticipated that as part of the outputs a co-edited book will be produced on UNESCO sites.

He is also engaged in writing a book entitled Identities in Motion: the Sociology of Cultural Change in Southeast Asia which is intended as a companion volume to his recently published The Sociology of Southeast Asia: Transformations in a Developing Region ' (NIAS Press/University of Hawai'i Press, 2008). He is planning to write a substantially revised edition of his co-authored book with William D.Wilder on The Modern Anthropology of South-East Asia: an Introduction  which was published by by Routledge in 2003 and reprinted in 2006. He is also currently co-editing a volume on The Historical Construction of South East Asian Studies with Professor Park Seung Woo; the book proposal has been considered by the Institute of South East Asian Studies, Singapore.

Key Publications and Activities

Single and Co-authored Volumes

  • Ethnic Classification and Ethnic Relations:  a Borneo Case Study, Occasional Paper No. 2, Centre for South-East Asian Studies, University of Hull, 1979.
  • West Kalimantan:  a Bibliography, Bibliographical Series 13, Koninklijk Instituut voor Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde, Foris Publications, Holland/USA, 1983. (introduction with JB Avé, pp. 1-33).(with JB Avé, and JGW de Wit)
  • The Maloh of West Kalimantan: an Ethnographic Study of Social Inequality and Social Change among an Indonesian Borneo People, Verhandelingen series, Koninklijk Instituut voor Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde, Foris Publications, Holland/USA, 1985.
  • Planning for Agrarian Change:  Hydro-electric Power, Resettlement and Iban Swidden Cultivators in Sarawak. East Malaysia, Occasional Paper No. 11, Centre for South-East Asian Studies, University of Hull, 1986
  • Borneo: Oerwoud in Ondergang, Culturen op Drift, Rijksmuseum voor Volkenkunde, Leiden, 1986. (with JB Avé); People of the Weeping Forests:  Tradition and Change in Borneo (revised and expanded English edition), Rijksmuseum voor Volkenkunde, Leiden, 1986.(with JB Avé)
  • Metal-working in Borneo, Essays on Iron and Silver-working in Sarawak, Occasional Paper No. 15, Centre for South-East Asian Studies, University of Hull, 1988, 56pp. (with JW Christie)
  • 'Decorative Silverware in the Brunei Museum Ethnographic Collection', special catalogue of the Brunei Museum, 1987, vol.6, No.3, pp., 52-103.(with Bantong Antaran)
  • The Peoples of Borneo, Oxford, Basil Blackwell,1993. The Peoples of South-East Asia and the Pacific series
  • Between West and East:  Policy and Practice in South-East Asian Studies in Britain, Hull University Press, 1990. (Inaugural Lecture).
  • Anthropology and Development in South-East Asia: Theory and Practice, Kuala Lumpur, Oxford University Press, 1999.
  • The Modern Anthropology of South-East Asia. An Introduction, Routledge, London, 2003, reprint 2006, and series editors for the Modern Anthropology of South-East Asia. 2003
  • Ethnicity  and Electoral Politics in  Sarawak, East Malaysia, Universiti Kebangsaan Press, Bangi, 2004.(with Jayum Jawan)
  • Defining Southeast Asia and the Crisis in Area Studies: Personal Reflections on a Region, Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, University of Lund Working Papers in Contemporary Asian Studies 13,  2005.
  • The Sociology of Southeast Asia: Transformations in a Developing Region, Copenhagen, NIAS Press and Honolulu, University of Hawai'i Press, 2008, reprint 2011
  • A History of ASEASUK on its 40th Anniversary, SOAS, ASEASUK, 2009.
  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Thailand: a Comparative and Critical Appraisal, Leeds East Asia Papers, New Series No 1, 2010 (e-publication) (with Michael Parnwell)
  • The Development of South East Asian Studies in the United Kingdom (and Europe): the Making of a Region, East Asia Papers, New Series No 3, 2011 (e-publication)
  • Identities in Motion: the Sociology of Cultural Change in Southeast Asia, forthcoming.

Single and Co-edited Volumes

  • Essays on Borneo Societies, Hull Monographs on South-East Asia, No. 7 Oxford University Press, 1978;  ('Introduction', pp. 1-36), reprinted as World Within: the Ethnic Groups of Borneo  S. Abdul Majeed, Kuala Lumpur, 1994. (with a new Preface, pp. vii-x)
  • Ethnicity in South-East Asia, Special Focus on Ethnicity, Southeast Asian Journal of Social Science, Vol. 10, No. 1, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore, 1982, 133 (editorial introduction with WD Wilder, 'South-East Asia and the Concept of Ethnicity', pp. 1-6.(with WD Wilder)
  • (consulting editor) Language Atlas of the Pacific Area,  general editors Stephen A Wurm and Shiro Hattori, Pacific Linguistics Series C, No. 67, Canberra, 1983 ('Maps of Insular South-East Asia', Numbers 38-45).
  • Britain and South-East Asia, special issue, Occasional Paper No. 13, Centre for South-East Asian Studies, University of Hull, 1986.(with DK Bassett)
  • HF Tillema, A Journey among the Peoples of Central Borneo in Word and Picture. Oxford University Press. Singapore. 1989.  (edited and with an editorial introduction, pp. 1-27)  paperback edition, 1990.
  • Research on South-East Asian Studies in the United Kingdom:  a Survey, ASEASUK, University of Hull, 1989, 77pp. (including 'Introductory Remarks' and 'Social Anthropology and Sociology', pp. i-iv, 17-26).
  • South-East Asia Uncovered, SEATAG, Department of Trade and Industry, London, 1989 (and 'Culture and Business in South-East Asia', pp. 29-35).
  • (senior co-editor) The Encyclopaedia of Iban Studies, general editors  Vinson and Joanne Sutlive (entries co-authored or sole-authored; Volume I, 'Agricultural Schemes'(pp. 14-17), 'Batang Ai' Resettlement Scheme'(pp. 141-143), 'Brassware' (pp. 266-267), 'Sultanate of Brunei' (pp. 300-302),'Bukitan' (pp. 320-321), 'Desa'(pp. 450-451), 'P. Donatus Dunselman' (pp. 466-467), 'Dutch' (pp. 468-470), 'Embaloh River' (486-487); Volume 2,  'Seberuang', Alfred Cort Haddon (pp. 675-676), 'Jewelry' (pp. 835-836), 'Kantu'' (pp. 863-864), 'Kapuas River' (pp. 870-871), 'Kapuas Sultanates' (pp. 871-872), 'Ketungau River' (pp. 902-903),'Lanjak River' (p. 950), 'Edmund R. Leach', (pp. 958-960), 'Leboyan River' (pp. 963-964), 'Maloh, Memaloh' (pp. 1030-1031); Volume 3, 'Palin River' (pp. 1332-1333), 'Pontianak' (p. 1476),  'Henry Ling Roth' (pp. 1604-1606), 'Seberuang' (pp. 1681-1682), 'Sintang' (pp. 1740-1741),  4 volumes,  Kuching, The Tun Jugah Foundation ,  in cooperation with The Borneo Research Council, Inc. 2001.
  • The Military in Politics: Southeast Asian Experiences, Centre for South-East Asian Studies, University of Hull, special issue, 1990 (with an editorial introduction, pp. 1-5).(with Wolfgang S. Heinz and Werner Pfennig)
  • (translator and editor) Special Supplement on Contributions to Borneo Studies in the German Language, by Jan B Avé, ASEASUK News, 1990.
  • Margins and Minorities. The Peripheral Areas and Peoples of Malaysia: Hull University Press, 1990, with an editorial introduction, 'The Peripheral Areas of Malaysia:  Development Problems, Planning and Prospects' (pp. 1-23).(with MJG Parnwell)
  • Issues in Rural Development in Malaysia, University of Hull/Universiti Pertanian Malaysia, 1991; published in English, Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka, Kuala Lumpur, 1992. (with an editorial introduction, 'Rural Development in Malaysia:  Trends and Issues', pp. 1-22), and in Malay as Isu-isu Pembangunan Luar Bandar di Malaysia.(with Nazaruddin Mohd. Jali)
  • The Rejang of Southern Sumatra, Special Issue, Occasional Paper No. 19, Centre for South-East Asian Studies, University of Hull, 1992.
  • (editor and compiler) Register of Current United Kingdom Research on Maritime South-East Asia:  Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and Brunei Darussalam, University of Hull, ASEASUK/British Academy, 1992.
  • (editor and compiler) The Best of Borneo Travel, (with an editorial introduction), Singapore, Oxford University Press, 1992. (second edition, 1994, third edition 1995, fourth edition, 2001)
  • Tourism in South-East Asia, London, Routledge, 1993 editorial introduction, pp. 1-31. (with M.Hitchcock and MJG.Parnwell)
  • Tourism in Borneo:  Issues and Perspectives, Williamsburg, Virginia, Proceedings of the Borneo Research Council, No 4, 1994.
  • Explorers of South-East Asia, Six Lives, Kuala Lumpur, Oxford University Press, (Introduction, 'European Expansion and Exploration in South East Asia', pp. vii-xx), 1995.
  • (general editor with forewords) Anthologies of South-East Asia, Oxford in Asia Paperbacks, Kuala Lumpur, Oxford University Press, 5 volumes, 1995-1999.
  • Environmental Challenges in South-East Asia (Introduction, Human-Environment Interactions in South-East Asia: Past and Present, pp. 1-25), Copenhagen, NIAS and London, Curzon Press, 1998.
  • From Buckfast to Borneo. Essays Presented to Father Robert Nicholl on the 85th Anniversary of his Birth 27 March 1995, Centre for South-East Asian Studies, University of Hull, special issue, xxi, 643pp. (with a Preface, pp. xv-xxi) , also published by  The Sarawak Literary Society, Kuala Lumpur, Ampang Press, 1995.(with AVM Horton)
  • A Checklist of Materials on the Iban of Borneo,  and A Bibliography of Works on the Iban of Borneo,  with an Introduction by V.T. King (pp. 2379-2385), general editors Vinson  and Joanne Sutlive,  The Encyclopaedia of Iban Studies, Volume 4 , Kuching,  The Tun Jugah Foundation, in cooperation with the Borneo Research Council Inc., 2001, pp. 2373-2602.(with Janet Rata Noel, Jayum  A. Jawan, Vinson  and Joanne Sutlive, Phillip L. Thomas)
  • Images of Malay Indonesian Identity   (and editorial introduction  'Malay-Indonesian Identities', pp. 1-17),  Kuala Lumpur, Oxford University Press, 1997.(with Michael Hitchcock)
  • Moving Pictures. More Borneo Travel, Kuala Lumpur, Oxford University Press, 1999.
  • Rural Development and Social Science Research. Case Studies from Borneo, (with an editorial introduction, 'The Theory and Practice of Development'), Proceedings series of the Borneo Research Council no 6. , Phillips, Maine, 1999.
  • Register of South-East Asianists in the United Kingdom (with an introduction by V. T. King, pp. i-xxiii). University of Hull,  Association of South-East Asian Studies in the United Kingdom, 2001.(compiler, with Pauline Khng)
  • Tourism and Heritage in South-East Asia, special issue of Indonesia and the Malay World,  Vol. 31, 2003.(with Michael Hitchcock)
  • (editorial advisory board member) Southeast Asia. A Historical Encyclopedia from Angkor Wat to East Timor,  edited by Ooi Keat Gin, Santa Barbara, California:  ABC-Clio Publishers, 2004, 3 volumes; including entries on 'Agricultural Involution' (p. 129), 'Bandjarmasin (Banjarmasin)' P.211-212), Brunei Ethnic Minorities' (p.272-273), 'Brunei Malay' (p.273-274), 'Dayaks' (p.403-404), 'East Malaysian Ethnic Minorities' (p. 449-452), 'Ethnolinguistic Groups of Southeast Asia' (p.492-498), 'Imagined Community' (p. 633-634), 'Jungle/Forest Products' (p. 700-701), 'Kutai (Koetai)' (p. 752-753), 'Loosely-structured Societies' (p. 792-793), 'Peasant Uprisings  and Protest Movements in Southeast Asia'(p. 1039-1043), 'Plural Society' (p.1094-1095), 'Rejangs' (p.1132-1134), 'Sambas and Pontianak Sultanates'(p.1170-1171), 'Southeast Asia'(p.1232), 'Torajas' (p.1339-1340), 'Travelers and Sojourners, European' (p. 1350-1352).
  •  (editorial advisor) Peoples, Nations and Cultures. An A-Z of the Peoples of the World, Past and Present, General editor, John M. Mackenzie, London, Weidenfeld and Nicolson, sections on East and Southeast Asia  and Oceania, 2005.
  • Tourism in Southeast Asia: Challenges and New Directions ( plus 'Introduction: Tourism in South-East Asia Revisited', and 'Conclusion: Current Issues in Southeast Asian Tourism), NIAS Press and University of Hawai'i Press, 2009.(with Michael Hitchcock and Michael J. G. Parnwell)
  • Heritage Tourism in South-East Asia (plus an editorial introduction), NIAS Press and University of Hawai'i Press, 2010. (with Michael Hitchcock and Michael J. G. Parnwell).
  • ASEASUK News, Newsletter of the Association of South-East Asian Studies in the United Kingdom, SEAS, Hull, 1987-2003, and SEAS, SOAS, 2003 continuing (with Jan Wisseman Christie, 1987-1993, and Pauline Khng, 1993 continuing).
  • The Historical Construction of South East Asian Studies (with Park Seung Woo), forthcoming.

Single and Co-authored Articles and Chapters in Books

  • 'Additional Notes on the Malohs and Related Peoples of Kalimantan Barat:  the Value of Dutch Ethnography', Sarawak Museum Journal, Vol. 20, 1972, pp. 83-105.
  • 'Some Observations on the Samin Movement of North-Central Java. Suggestions for the Theoretical Analysis of the Dynamics of Rural Unrest', Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde, Vol. 129, 1973, pp. 457-481, and in Reprints of Publications by Staff Members. Second Series No. 16. Centre for South-East Asian Studies, University of Hull.
  • 'Maloh Social Structure' in The Peoples of Central Borneo, ed. Jerome Rousseau, Sarawak Museum Journal Special Issue, Kuching, 1974, pp. 203-227.
  • 'Stones and the Maloh of Indonesian West Borneo', Journal of the Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society.  Vol. 48 1975 pp. 104-119.
  • 'Saminism, Buddhism and Folk Beliefs in Java.  A Reply to Niels Mulder', Asia Quarterly, Vol. 1, 1975, pp. 91-96 and 2, 1976, p. 188.
  • 'Main Outlines of Taman Oral Tradition', Sarawak Museum Journal, Vol. 23, 1975, pp. 149-186.
  • 'Cursing, Special Death and Spirits in Embaloh Society', Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde,  Vol. 132, 1976, pp. 124-145.
  • 'Conceptual and Analytical Problems in the Study of the Kindred', in The Societies of Borneo:  Explorations in the Theory of Cognatic Social Structure, ed. GN Appell, American Anthropological Association Special Publication No. 6, Washington, 1976, pp. 121-145.
  • 'Migration, Warfare and Culture Contact in Borneo: a Critique of Ecological Analysis', Oceania, Vol. 46, 1976, pp. 306-327.
  • 'Some Aspects of Iban-Maloh Contact in West Kalimantan', Indonesia, No. 21, 1976, pp. 85-114.
  • 'Transition and Maloh Birth', Folk, Vol. 18, 1976, pp. 189-204.
  • 'The Peoples of the Middle and Upper Kapuas:  Possible Research Projects in West Kalimantan', Borneo Research Bulletin, Vol. 8, 1976, pp. 86-105.
  • 'The Maloh Language:  a Vocabulary and Summary of the Literature', Sarawak Museum Journal, Vol. 24, 1976, pp. 137-164.
  • 'More on Maloh Designs', Sarawak Museum Journal, Vol.24, 1976, pp. 165-172.
  • 'Unity, Formalism and Structure: Comments on Iban Augury and Related Problems', Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde, Vol. 133, 1977, pp. 63-87.
  • 'Status, Economic Determinism and Monocausality:  More on the Samin'  Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde,  Vol. 133, 1977, pp. 350-354.
  • 'Moral Economy and Peasant Uprisings in South-East Asia', Cultures et développement, Vol. 10, 1978, pp. 123-149.
  • 'The Maloh' in King, 1978 (reprint 1994), pp. 193-214.
  • 'The Mualang of Indonesian Borneo: Neglected Sources for Iban Studies', Borneo Research Bulletin, Vol. 10, 1978, pp. 57-73.
  • 'Revitalization Movements in Kalimantan', Indonesia Circle (SOAS), No. 17, 1978, pp. 14-27.
  • 'Maloh Country:  the Physical Setting and the Local Economy', Sarawak Museum Journal, Vol. 27, 1979, pp. 29-42.
  • 'Research on Former Nomads in West Kalimantan (Western Indonesian Borneo)', Bulletin of the International Committee on Urgent Anthropological and Ethnological Research, No. 21, 1979, pp. 89-98.
  • 'Structural Analysis and Cognatic Societies:  Some Borneo Examples', Sociologus, Vol. 30, 1980, pp. 1-28.
  • 'Sociology in South-East Asia:  a Personal View', Cultures et développement, Vol. 13, 1981, pp. 391-414.
  • 'Marxist Analysis and Highland Burma: a Critical Commentary', Cultures et développement, Vol. 13, 1981, pp. 675-688.
  • 'Ethnicity in Borneo: an Anthropological Problem', in King and Wilder, special issue of Southeast Asian Journal of Social Science, Vol. 10, pp. 23-43.
  • 'Aspects of Sugar Manufacture in Borneo', Brunei Museum Journal, Vol. 5, 1983, pp. 81-103.
  • 'Maloh Canoe-making', Museum Ethnographers Group Newsletter, No. 15, 1984, pp. 1-11.
  • 'Symbols of Social Differentiation in Borneo', Museum Ethnographers Group Newsletter, No. 18, 1985, pp. 8-20.
  • 'Kedudukan Sosial dan Perubahan Sosial di Kalangan Suku Maloh, Kalimantan Barat', Peranan Kebudayaan Tradisional Indonesia dalam Modernisasi, ed. Michael R Dove, Yayasan Obor, Indonesia, Jakarta, 1985, pp. 241-86. In English as 'Social Rank and Social Change among the Maloh of West Kalimantan' in The Real and Imagined Roles of Culture in Development.  Case Studies from Indonesia, University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu, 1988, pp.219-53, paperback 1990.
  • 'Symbols of Social Differentiation: a Comparative Investigation of Signs, the Signified and Symbolic Meanings in Borneo', Anthropos,  Vol. 80, 1985, pp. 125-152.
  • 'Symbolism and Material Culture:  Some Footnotes for Penny van Esterik', Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde, 141, 1985, pp. 142-147.
  • 'Land Settlement Schemes and the Alleviation of Rural Poverty in Sarawak, East Malaysia:  a Critical Commentary', in Wealth and Poverty in Contemporary Southeast Asia,  ed. WD Wilder, special focus issue, Southeast Asian Journal of Social Science, Vol. 14, 1986, pp. 71-99.
  • 'Anthropology and Rural Development in Sarawak', Sarawak Museum Journal, Vol. 36, 1986, pp. 13-42.
  • 'An Anthropology of Development? Anthropologists in and out of the Real World', Southeast Asian Journal of Social Science, Vol. 14, 1986, pp. 118-130.
  • 'South-East Asia.  Essays in the Political Economy of Structural Change' (review article), Journal of Contemporary Asia, Vol. 16, 1986, pp. 520-33.
  • 'Land Development in Sarawak, Malaysia:  a Case Study', Land Reform, Land Settlement and Cooperatives (FAO, Rome), No. 1/2, 1986, pp. 53-60 (also published as 'Aprovechamiento de tierras en Sarawak, Malaysia: Estudio Monografico', Reforma Agraria, Colonizacion y Cooperativas, No. 1/2, 1986, pp. 63-72; and 'Monographie sur la Mise en Valeur des Terres au Sarawak, Malaisie', Reforme Agrare, Colonisation et Cooperatives Agricoles, No. 1/2, 1986, pp. 67-77).
  • 'Models and Realities:  Malaysian National Planning and East Malaysian Development Problems', Modern Asian Studies, vol. 22, 1988, pp. 263-98.
  • 'Das Sultanat Brunei', and 'Jagd und Fischfang', in Borneo Mensch und Kultur seit ihrer steinzeit,, ed. Heinrich Harrer, Penguin Books, Innsbruck, Austria, 1988, pp.73-81, 101-108.
  • 'What's in a Name?  Ethnicity and the Problems it Poses for Anthropologists', Sarawak Cultural Heritage Symposium, Sarawak Museum Journal, Special Issue No. 4, Vol. 40, 1989, pp. 234-245.
  • 'Why is Sarawak Peripheral?' in King and Parnwell, Margins and Minorities, 1990, pp. 110-129.
  • 'Land Settlement Schemes in Sarawak, Malaysia:  a Mistaken Strategy?' in King and Parnwell, Margins and Minorities, 1990, pp. 163-183.
  • 'Cognation and Rank in Borneo', in Cognation and Social Organisation in Southeast Asia, ed. Frans Husken and Jeremy Kemp, Verhandelingen van het Koninklijk Instituut voor Taal-, Land-en Volkenkunde, KITLV Press, Leiden, 1991, pp. 15-31.
  • 'In Situ Land Development in Sarawak', in King and Nazaruddin, 1991, pp.126-143. and 1992, pp. 82-93.
  • 'Resettlement in Sarawak', in King and Nazaruddin, 1991, pp. 224-265, and 1992, pp. 145-170.(with Jayum Jawan)
  • 'Sociological Research and Development' in King and Nazaruddin, 1991, pp. 390-410, and 1992, pp. 250-262.
  • trans. JB Avé, 'Indonesia, Insulinde and Nusantara: Dotting the i's and Crossing the t', Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde, Vol. 145, 1989, pp. 220-234.
  • 'Introduction' to Carl Lumholtz, Through Central Borneo, Singapore, Oxford University Press, reprint, 1991, pp. v-xviii.
  • 'Collectionneurs et Objets', in Antonio Guerreiro and Pascal Couderc, eds., Bornéo Des "Chasseurs de Têtes" aux Ecologistes, Paris, Autrement, 1991, pp. 104-117.
  • 'Indigenous Peoples and Land Rights in Sarawak, Malaysia:  To be or not to be a Bumiputra', in Indigenous Peoples of Asia, ed. RH Barnes, A Gray, B Kingsbury, Ann Arbor, Association for Asian Studies in the United States, 1995, pp. 289-305, 434-435, 478-480.
  • 'Brassware and Sarawak Cultures', 'Silverware and Sarawak Cultures', in Sarawak Cultural Legacy.  A Living Tradition, ed. Lucas Chin and Valerie Mashman, Kuching, Society Atelier Sarawak, 1991, pp. 155-164, 165-175.
  • 'Tourism and Culture in Malaysia' in Hitchcock, King and Parnwell, 1993, pp. 99-116.
  • 'Tourism and Culture in Malaysia', Southeast Asian Journal of Social Science, vol. 20, 1993, pp. 1-17.
  • 'Politik Pembangunan':  the Political Economy of Rainforest Exploitation and Development in Sarawak, East Malaysia', in R. Bryant, J. Rigg and P. Stott, eds.  Political Ecology of South East Asian Forests: Transdisciplinary Discourses, special issue of Global Ecology and Biogeograpy Letters, Southeast Asia Special Issue 1995, 3, pp. 235-244.
  • 'What is Brunei Society?  Reflections on a conceptual and ethnographic issue', Southeast Asia Research, vol. 2, 1994, pp. 176-198.
  • 'Tourism in Borneo:  General Issues', in King, ed., Tourism in Borneo, Issues and Perspectives, 1994, pp. 1-7.
  • 'Tourism and Culture in Malaysia, with reference to Borneo' in King, ed. Tourism in Borneo, Issues and Perspectives, 1994, pp. 29-43.
  • 'The Ibans of Sarawak:  the Nature of their Peripherality and its Political and Economic Consequences', in Tan Chee Beng  ed. Sociocultural Change, Development and Indigenous Peoples, special issue of Contributions to Southeast Asian Ethnography, vol 11, 1997, pp. 33-59.(with Jayum Jawan)
  • 'The Ibans of Sarawak, Malaysia: Ethnicity, Marginalization and Development.' in Denis  Dwyer and David Drakakis-Smith eds., Ethnicity and Development : Geographical Perspectives, 1996, London, John Wiley, pp. 195-214.(with Jayum Jawan)
  • 'Robert Burns: Explorer of North-west Borneo' in V.T. King, ed., Explorers of South-East Asia, Six Lives, 1995, pp. 158-193.(with Naimah Talib)
  • 'Introduction: European Expansion and Exploration in South-East Asia,' in Explorers  of South-East Asia, Six Lives, V.T. King, ed., 1995, pp. vii-xx.
  • 'Robert Burns of Borneo', Annual Burns Chronicle, 3 New Series 1994, pp. 75-83.
  • 'The Sociology of South-East Asia:  A Critical Review of Some Concepts and Issues' (State of the Art Reviews), Bijdragen tot de Taal- Land- en  Volkenkunde,  vol. 150, 1994, pp. 171-206.
  • 'Business and Culture in South-East Asia: its Relevance for Britain', Journal of Far Eastern Business, 1994, 1, pp. 56-79. (with M. Parnwell)
  •  'The Degradation of Rainforests in Sarawak, East Malaysia, and its Implications for Future Management Policies', Geoforum, 1994, 25, pp.351-369.(with DM Taylor, D Hortin, MJG Parnwell and TK Marsden)
  • 'Tropical Rainforests and Indigenous Peoples: Symbiosis and Exploitation,' in Sarawak Museum Journal,  vol. 48, 1995, pp. 1-25.
  • 'Reflections on the Nature of Brunei Society' Janang Warta Akademi Pengajian Brunei, Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Vol. 6, 1996, pp. 145-61.
  • 'Socio-economic Responses to Change among Iban Communities in the Bintulu Region of Sarawak, Malaysia', Sarawak Development Journal, Vol.1, 1998, pp. 1-27.(with D.M. Taylor and M.J.G. Parnwell)
  • 'Ethnographic Collections in the Brunei Museum", in King, V.T. and A.V.M. Horton (eds), From Buckfast to Borneo Essays Presented to Father Robert Nicholl on the 85th Anniversary of his Birth 27th March 1995, Centre for South East Asian Studies Special Issue, University of Hull,; and Sarawak Literary Society, Kuching, 1995, pp. 326-334.(with Bantong Antaran)
  • 'Sociology' in Mohammed Halib and Tim Huxley (eds), An Introduction to Southeast Asian Studies , 1996, London, Tauris Academic Studies, pp.148-188.
  • 'Environmental Changes and  Population Movements.  The Iban of Sarawak',  in King, VT (ed) Environmental Challenges in South-East Asia ,  Copenhagen, NIAS and London, Curzon, 1998, pp. 137-168. (with M Parnwell)
  • 'Environmental Change in Malaysian Borneo: Fire, Drought and Rain, M Parnwell and R Bryant (eds) Environmental Change in South-East Asia: People, Politics, and Sustainable Development, 1996, London, Routledge, pp. 165-189.
  • 'Environmental Change, Local Responses and the Notion of 'Development' in Sarawak', in V.T.King (ed.), Rural Development and Social Science Research. Case Studies from Borneo, Proceedings of the Borneo Research Council, Phillips, Maine, 1999, pp. 159-191.(with M. Parnwell)
  • 'A Question of Identity.  Names, Societies and Ethnic Groups in Interior Kalimantan and Brunei Darussalam',  Sojourn,  Journal of Social issues in Southeast Asia,  Vol. 16, 2001, pp. 1-37.
  • 'South-East Asia: a Field of Anthropological Study?',  Moussons. Recherce en Sciences Humaines sur l'Asie du Sud-Est, 2002., Vol. 3, pp. 1-31.
  • 'Foreword' in AVM Horton (ed.) IHN Evans, Bornean Diaries, 1938-42,  Phillips, Maine,  Borneo Research Council Monograph Series,  Vol. 6, 2002, pp. vii-xxiii.
  • 'Heritage and Development in A Malaysian City: George Town under Threat?'  in  Tourism and Heritage in Southeast Asia, special issue of Indonesia and the Malay World,  Michael Hitchcock and Victor T. King  (eds.), Vol. 31, 2003,pp. 44-57.(with Gwynn Jenkins)
  • 'Discourses with the Past: Tourism and Heritage in Southeast Asia' and 'Concluding Remarks', in Tourism and Heritage in Southeast Asia, special issue of Indonesia and the Malay World, Michael Hitchcock and Victor T. King (eds.), Vol. 31,  2003,  pp. 3-15, 161-164. (with Michael Hitchcock)
  • 'Anthropology, Development and Borneo: a Problematic Relationship? Borneo Research Council, Proceedings of the Seventh Biennial International Conference, Phillips,Maine, USA.
  • 'Regional Development Programmes and the Life-dynamics of Tomohonese Women',  Sojourn. Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia, Vol.19, 2004, pp. 254-287.(with Ye-Kyoum Kim)
  • '"Reflexive" Reactions of Eastern Indonesian Women to the Economic Crisis: a Case-study of Tomohon, Minahasa, North Sulawesi', Indonesia and the Malay World, Vol. 33, 2005, pp. 307-325.(with Ye-Kyoum Kim)
  • 'Southeast Asia: Personal Reflections on a Region', in Cynthia Chou and Vincent Houben,eds,  Southeast Asian Studies: Debates and New Directions, Singapore, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Leiden, International institute of Asian Studies,  2006, pp. 23-44.
  • 'Youth Organisations' Participation in the Nation Building of Malaysia', International Society for Third Sector Research, Conference Working Papers, Volume V, Bangkok Conference, 2006, 46pp (with Janice Lay Hui Nga).
  • 'Professional Middle Class Youth in Post-reform Vietnam: Identity, Continuity and Change', Modern Asian Studies, Vol. 42, 2008, pp. 783-813 (with Phuong An Nguyen and Nguyen Huu Minh).
  • 'The Middle Class in Southeast Asia: Diversities, Identities, Comparisons and the Vietnamese Case', International Journal of Asia-Pacific Studies, Vol. 4, 2008, pp. 73-109.
  • 'Tourism in Asia: A Review of the Achievements and Challenges', Sojourn: Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia, Vol. 23, 2008, pp. 104-136.
  • 'Anthropology and Tourism in Southeast Asia: Comparative Studies, Cultural Differentiation and Agency', in Hitchcock, King and Parnwell, 2009, pp. 43-68.
  • Unesco World Heritage Sites and Tourism in Thailand: a Comparative Appraisal, South East Asia Research, 2011 in press (with Michael Parnwell)
  • 'Borneo Studies: Perspectives from a Jobbing Social Scientist, Akademika, 77, 2009, pp15-40.
  • 'Knowledge from the Margins: Globalisation and Research on the Ground' in Zawawi Ibrahim, ed, Globalisation and Social Science Research in Malaysia, Bangi, Malaysian Social Science Association, 20011, in press.

Consultancies

  • International Advisor, Social Sciences, Universiti Sarawak Malaysia , 2004-.
  • Member, ESRC Commissioning Panel, Identities and Social Action Programme, 2003-2004.
  • Member, ESRC Commissioning Panel and Steering Committee, Asia Pacific Programme, 1993-1998
  • External assessor, senior staff promotions, Faculty of Human Ecology, Universiti Putra Malaysia , 1995-.
  • External examiner, General Studies, Universiti Teknologi Petronas, Malaysia, 2000-2003.
  • International Advisory Panel, Arts and Social Sciences, National University of Singapore, 2000-2001.
  • External examiner, Anthropology, Universiti Brunei Darussalam, 1999-2001, 2009-2011.
  • External examiner, Southeast Asian Studies, National University of Singapore, 1994-1999
  • External examiner, Southeast Asian Studies, Universiti Malaya, 1992-1995.
  • Consultant editor ( Asia ) Peoples, Nations and Cultures, Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 2005.
  • Member, International Advisory Board, Southeast Asia . A Historical Encyclopaedia from Angkor Wat to East Timor , ABC-Clio, 2004.
  • Contributing editor, The Encyclopaedia of Iban Studies, Tun Jugah Foundation/Borneo Research Council, 2001.

Funded Research Projects

  • Socio-economic Development in Perak , Malaysia , British Academy , 2002-2005.
  • UK Register of South-East Asianists, British Academy , 2001.
  • The Middle Classes in South East Asia, 2006-2008, British Academy.
  • The Management of World Heritage Sites in South-East Asia: Cross-Cultural Perspectives, (with Michael Parnwell, Michael Hitchcock and Janet Cochrane), British Academy/ASEASUK , 2009-2011
  • Language-Based Area Studies Initiative, White Rose East Asia Centre, HEFCE, ESRC, AHRC, 2006 continuing.
  • Collaborative research on modern Malaysia: Visiting Fellowship Scheme, Tun Jugah Foundation, 2006 continuing.

Conferences and Other Activities

  • Keynote address, International Institute for Asian Studies, Amsterdam/Leiden, ' Southeast Asia: Personal Reflections on a Region', and 'Southeast Asian Studies in the United Kingdom ', Southeast Asian Studies in Europe: Reflections and New Directions, November 2004.
  • 'Anthropology and Development', Borneo Research Council Biennial international Conference, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah , Malaysia , 2002.
  • Panel convenor, 'Tourism and Heritage in Southeast Asia ', EUROSEAS, SOAS, 2001.
  • Co-organiser 'Tourism in Asia' conference, Leeds Metropolitan and Leeds University, June 2006, and paper on 'Anthropology and Tourism in South East Asia'.
  • Co-organiser 'Civil Societies and Middle Class Identities in South-East Asia', ASEASUK, Liverpool, 2008.
  • Keynote address 'Borneo Studies: Perspectives from a Jobbing Social Scientist, Malaysian Social Science Association, 6th International Conference, August, 2008.
  • Public Lecture: 35 years of research in the Heart of Borneo, Universiti Brunei Darussalam, June 2010
  • Corporate Talk: Culture and Identity: Social Science and Modern Southeast Asia, Universiti Teknologi Mara, Perak Campus, July 2010

Honorary Posts

  • Member (and Fellow), Board of Directors, Borneo Research Council, Maine, USA.
  • Member, Editorial Board, for publication series, International Institute of Asian Studies, Leiden/Amsterdam.
  • Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Modern Asian Studies.
  • Member, Editorial Board, South East Asia Research.
  • Member, Advisory Board, East Asia . An International Quarterly.
  • Member, international Advisory Board/Corresponding Member, Sojourn. Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia
  • Member, International Advisory Board, International Journal of Asia-Pacific Studies, e-journal.
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
  • Series editor, with W.D.Wilder (2003-2006) and Michael Hitchcock (2006 continuing), The Modern Anthropology of South-East Asia, Routledge.
  • Chair of the Association of South-East Asian Studies in the United Kingdom (ASEASUK), 2007- 2010 (and joint editor, ASEASUK News, 1987-)

PhD Supervision

Professor King has  completed successful supervisions during the past five years on spiritual healers in Japan, youth movements; women and changing gender roles in Sulawesi, Indonesia; songket textile traditions in Palembang, Sumatra, Indonesia; university graduate values and lifestyles in Vietnam; tourism, conservation and urban redevelopment in Penang, Malaysia; local level politics in Sarawak, Malaysia; the state and development in Perak, Malaysia; the post-war political history of Brunei.