Ruji commenced his doctoral studies in 2014. His research examines the motivation of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in adopting the policy of migrant worker rights protection and assesses the impact of such policy on ASEAN members. In particular, his PhD project investigates the construction of a normative framework on the rights of migrant workers in ASEAN in relation to global and domestic norms. His project also interrogates the wider processes of community and identity building in Southeast Asia.
Ruji was previously a Visiting Researcher at the ASEAN Studies Centre, ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, National University of Singapore and a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Jakarta, Indonesia. He received his BA (Hons) and MA in Political Science and Asian and Pacific Studies from the University of Victoria, Canada. His research interests include Southeast Asian politics, International Relations Theory, human security, migration and human trafficking.
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