Kamaruding Abdulsomad was a post-doctoral research fellow at the Centre for East and Southeast Asian Studies, Lund University from January 2006 to December 2007. He obtained his first degree in Economics & Economic History and a Ph.D in Economic History (2003) from School of Economics and Management, University of Lund, Sweden. He was a research fellow at the department of Economic History (financed by Fahlbeckska Foundation, 2004-2005), School of Economics and Management, Lund University and taught Economic Development of Southeast Asia, Economic Development of Pacific Asia (EKH421) with Martin Andersson.
His main research interests include industrial policy in East & Southeast Asia, the role of the state, the economic development in historical perspective, foreign direct investment & technology transfer, building technological capabilities of local firms under contrasting industrial policies in Malaysia and Thailand.
The aim of the project is to examine the impacts of globalization, the 1997 Asian economic crisis and the rise of mainland China on business and economic organization among ethnic Chinese in Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand and their foreign direct investments in mainland China.