Leadership education and training; Indigenous models of leadership in Asia Pacific; Adversity, crisis and resilience
Current work in leadership education, especially in the Asia Pacific Leadership Program, includes: indigenous models of leadership in Asia Pacific; negotiation and conflict resolution; diversity training; visioning, strategic planning and coaching; transformational leadership; gender and leadership; effective communication; team building and group dynamics; power, influence and ethics; facilitation and collaborative leadership.
Ongoing anthropological research examines the global and historical phenomenon of religious self-mortification. Focus on contemporary religious revival in South and Southeast Asia. Study of history of ideas about pain and cultural constructions of the body.
Recent publications include articles in Modern Encyclopedia of Asia; Encyclopedia of Southeast Asian History; Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance. Recent projects include BBC/Discovery television documentary, Beyond Endurance.
Affiliate graduate faculty Department of Anthropology, and Center for Southeast Asian Studies, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. Long-term field work in the Philippines. Formerly on the faculty of Department of Anthropology, St. Andrews University, Scotland. Visiting Fellow, Nagoya University, Japan.