Brenda S.A. Yeoh is Raffles Professor of Social Sciences, Department of Geography, as well as Director, Humanities and Social Science Research Office of Deputy President (Research & Technology), National University of Singapore (NUS). She is also the Research Leader of the Asian Migration Cluster at the Asia Research Institute, NUS.
She is the editor of Asian Population Studies and has been/is currently on the International Advisory/Editorial Boards of Applied Mobilities; Asian and Pacific Migration Journal; Cultural Geographies; Diversities; Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy; Finisterra – Revista Portuguesa de Geografia (Portuguese Journal of Geography); Gender, Place and Culture; Gender, Technology and Development; Geography Compass; Geoforum; Geographical Research; Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies (JEMS); Localities; Medical History; Migration and Development Journal; Migration, Mobility and Displacement; Migration Studies; Multidisciplinary Journal of Social Diversity (MJSD); Progress in Human Geography; Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography; Studies on Women & Gender Abstracts; The Round Table: The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs; Transactions of the Institute of British Geography; and Urban Studies.
She is on the Commission on Population and Vulnerability, International Geographical Union; and is External Expert at the Department of Geography & Environment, London School of Economics and Political Science as well as External Examiner for Bachelor of Social Sciences curriculum and ‘FOSS’ undergraduate courses at the University of Hong Kong.
She has been appointed to the URA Architectural Heritage Awards (AHA) Assessment Committee; Center for Aging, Research and Education (CARE); Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) Board; National Collection Advisory Panel (NCAP), National Heritage Board; and National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG). In 2017, she received the Friend of MSF Award from the Ministry of Social and Family Development. She currently chairs the Heritage Advisory Panel (HAP), National Heritage Board.
Within NUS, she is on the Management Boards of East Asia Institute and Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS). She is also on the Board of Directors for NUS Press.
Within the Geography department, Professor Yeoh is a member of the Critical Social/Cultural Geographies Group. Her research interests include the politics of space in colonial and postcolonial cities and she also has considerable experience working on a wide range of migration research in Asia, including key themes such as cosmopolitanism and highly skilled talent migration; gender, social reproduction and care migration; migration, national identity and citizenship issues; globalising universities and international student mobilities; and cultural politics, family dynamics and international marriage migrants. She has published widely in these fields.