Faculty Profile

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Orlando WOODS

Full-time Faculty

Associate Professor of Geography; Associate Dean (Research and Postgraduate Programmes); Director, SMU Urban Institute; Pillar Lead (Urban Life), SMU Urban Institute; Lee Kong Chian Fellow

College of Integrative Studies CIS

Orlando Woods joined SMU in 2017. He holds BA (First Class Honours) and PhD degrees in Geography from University College London and the National University of Singapore respectively. His interdisciplinary research agenda spans social, cultural and political geography; urban studies; new media and communications; and critical infrastructure studies. His areas of expertise coalesce into three thematic groupings: religion, regulation and the market; smart cities and urban infrastructures; and the affective economics of online gaming. His work focusses empirically on South and Southeast Asia. His research is regularly published in leading disciplinary and interdisciplinary journals, including Annals of the American Association of Geographers, New Media and Society, Political Geography, Transactions of the British Institute of Geographers and Urban Studies. He welcomes supervision requests from prospective students interested in pursuing an MPhil or PhD in Asian Urbanisms on topics that intersect with his areas of expertise.


  • PhD in Geography, National University of Singapore, 2012
  • BA in Geography, University College London, 2006

Research Interests

  • Religion
  • Cities & Urban Landscapes
  • Digital Technologies
  • Space
  • Social & Cultural Geography
  • Critical Infrastructure Studies
  • Smart Cities
  • The Belt and Road Initiative

Course(s) Taught in SMU

  • Big Questions
  • Digital Cultures
  • Introduction to Interdisciplinary Study