From August 2, 2011, the name of the research centre that produces this magazine is changed from SERI to Penang Institute.
While there are several reasons for this evolution, the change that it signals most strongly is the realisation that social research in Penang and Malaysia – be this in policy making, city planning, governance and democracy, economics, the environment or history must embrace the increasingly regionalised character of the arena within which the state and the country function. This is as true where knowledge creation and education are involved, as it is in the areas of labour migration and investment.
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