Dr Jayde Roberts

Senior Lecturer

Dr Jayde Lin Roberts is an interdisciplinary scholar of the built environment who focuses on Asian Cities. In 2018, she completed her 1.5 year term as a Fulbright US Scholar in Yangon, Myanmar where she examined discourses development in a context of rapid and unplanned urbanization. In 2016, her monograph, Mapping Chinese Rangoon: Place and Nation among the Sino-Burmese was published by the University of Washington Press, which has been reviewed in journals such as Contemporary Asia, Southeast Asian Studies, China Quarterly, China Review International and Sojourn as well as web-based media such as New Books in Southeast Asian Studies and Tea Circles. As a spatial ethnographer and advocate of participatory design and research, she is currently investigating heritage-making in Yangon and Mandalay and is a member of the Southeast Asian Neighborhooods Network.


Roberts JL, 2016, Mapping Chinese Rangoon: Place and nation among the Sino-Burmese

Book Chapters

Roberts JL, 2018, 'In search of Urban identities in Myanmar', in Routledge Handbook of Urbanization in Southeast Asia, pp. 400 - 410,

Roberts JL, 2017, 'Urban', in Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Myanmar, pp. 64 - 71

Roberts J, 2017, 'Heritage-making and post-coloniality in Yangon, Myanmar', in Citizens, Civil Society and Heritage-Making in Asia, Flipside Digital Content Company Inc., Singapore, pp. 40 - 60

Roberts J, 2017, 'Tradition as an Imposed and Elite Inheritance: Yangon's Modern Past', in Whose Tradition?, Routledge, New York, pp. 41 - 61

Roberts JL, 2013, 'The Sin Oh Dan street lion dance competition: A temporary space for cross-cultural understanding', in Transcultural Cities: Border-Crossing and Placemaking, pp. 62 - 74,

Journal articles

Roberts JL, 2020, 'Displacement, Encroachment and Settlement: Interrogating Kyu in Peri-Urban Yangon', City and Society, vol. 32, pp. 421 - 435,

Roberts JL, 2019, 'Everyday economic survival in Myanmar', CRITICAL ASIAN STUDIES, vol. 51, pp. 637 - 638,

Roberts JL, 2019, 'Mapping Cultural Nationalism: The Scholars of the Burma Research Society, 1910-1935.', AMERICAN HISTORICAL REVIEW, vol. 124, pp. 228 - 229,