The Academy of Brunei Studies is UBD’s main centre for social science and humanities research relating to Brunei. In addition to research on Brunei. Many staff have strong academic and research interests in other parts of Borneo and Southeast Asia as a whole.

Academy staff are currently carrying out research in the following areas:

  • Bandar Seri Begawan as a sustainable city: Commodification of Brunei’s local heritage and culture
  • Brunei Textiles (textiles and identity, consumption of traditional woven textiles)
  • The effects and problems of population movements from Kampong Ayer to land
  • The literature of Brunei (traditional and modern)
  • Social aspects of migrant workers in Brunei
  • Deviance and Crime in Brunei
  • Emerging social problems in Brunei
  • Development and social issues in Brunei
  • Ethno history of Brunei
  • Brunei International Relations
  • Malay Islamic Monarchy
  • Brunei and ASEAN
  • The pre-modern history of Island Southeast Asia with particular reference to Brunei
  • Modern Brunei History
  • The transmission and transformation of Southeast Asian oral historical traditions and their relationship to the written register
  • Traditional medicine
  • The development of commercial fishing in Brunei
  • Traditional fishing methods of Brunei Darussalam

If you would like to learn more about research undertaken at the Academy, or are interested in carrying out collaborative research with any of its staff, please contact