Jeffrey Cheah Institute on Southeast Asia


Jeffrey Cheah Institute on Southeast Asia


The Jeffrey Cheah Institute on Southeast Asia (JCI) is an independent public policy think-tank, based at Sunway University on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur. JCI was established on 18th March 2014.



We produce research that acts as a catalyst towards solving some of the region’s most pressing development problems.


We develop thought leaders on contemporary issues in the region through the Master in Public Policy programme.


We foster policy partnerships to build a better world.

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  • Prof Yeah Kim Leng

    If prolonged, the shutdowns will lead to business failures and layoffs, exacerbating the economic downturn.

    Prof Yeah Kim Leng

    Senior Fellow on impact of the Malaysian Covid-19 response
  • Professor Shandre Thangavelu

    Trade and global value chains are critical for a sustainable and inclusive post-pandemic recovery. This requires a new economic and social agenda beyond trading arrangements, and the alignment of global, regional, and domestic policies and structural issues.

    Professor Shandre Thangavelu

    Head, Jeffrey Cheah Institute on Southeast Asia
  • Professor Leong Choon Heng

    There is no shortage of sustainability solutions or creative enterprises doing good for society and the environment... we may be closing in on a general solution.

    Professor Leong Choon Heng

    Director, Education and Social Progress Programme, JCI.
  • Derek Kok

    More attention needs to be paid to the underlying causes of stunting. 12 per cent of children living in urban low-cost flats had fewer than three meals a day.

    Derek Kok

    Research Analyst in "Stunting in Malaysia: Costs, Causes and Courses for Action


MPP Preview Session

Join us for an exclusive preview session of the Master in Public Policy programme. The session will cover:

JCI-WP-2024-02 Does Economic Policy Uncertainty Impact Firm GVC Participation? Microdata Evidence from India

In this study, using detailed firm-level data, we examine the implications of economic policy uncertainty on GVC integration of Indian manufacturin

Rising Tides: Geopolitics and Geoeconomics in A Global Context

Join us for an insightful exploration into the intricate interplay of global geopolitics and geoeconomics.

JCI-WP-2024-01 Shortcomings & Missteps? Malaysia’s Efforts in Addressing Child Stunting

Despite the government’s policy introductions, the rate of child stunting in Malaysia has not improved, but in fact worsened to its 1999 level – th

Navigating Horizons: EU-Malaysia Relations and the Indo-Pacific Strategy

Asian Strategy & Leadership Institute (ASLI), in collaboration with the Parliament of Malaysia and Jeffrey Cheah Institute on Southeast Asia, Sunway University, invites you to the ASLI Insights Series event “Navigating Horizons: EU-Malaysia Relations and the Indo-Pacific Strategy”.

JCI-WP-2023-02 Does Servicification of Manufacturing Increase the GVC Activities of Firms? The Case of India

Does greater use of services inputs in manufacturing increases the global value chain (GVC) activities of the firms?

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