Dr. Goh Ban Lee
Dr Goh is a Fellow of Socio-Economic
and Environmental Research Institute, Penang. He is also a columnist
for TheSun newspapers
in Malaysia, focusing on issues related to urban governance,
housing and urban planning. He has a Bachelor of Social Sciences
and Master of Social Sciences from the Universiti Sains Malaysia
and a Ph. D. in Urban Planning from University of California,
Los Angeles. He was an Associate Professor in the School of Social
Sciences in Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) and a Vice Principal
of Tunku Abdul Rahman College.
Dr Goh served as a member in several
government bodies, including the first National Economic Consultative
Council and a Municipal Councillor in the Penang Island Municipal
Council. He was also involved in projects conducted by international
and regional organisations, including United Nations Centre for
Regional Development (UNCRD), Urban Management Programme (UMP)
of the United Nations Asia Pacific Region, and Asian Productivity
Dr Goh’s interests include urban governance, especially
on the question of non-compliance, housing and urban planning.
Among his publications are Urban Planning in Malaysia (1991), Non-compliance – A
Neglected Agenda in Urban Governance (2002) and Counselling
Local Councils (2007).