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Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership

Book Announcement

Bentham Science Publishers

The edited collection “Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership” features 10 contributions from multidisciplinary authors and is meant to share research and best practices on different aspects of the RCEP. It presents research projects that contribute to the discussion about the theory, lessons learned, and business strategies, to give a better understanding of the RCEP and how it can shape policy in member countries. The themes in each chapter can also serve to evaluate reports on the RCEP's overall progress. The book covers a broad range of subjects, including an overview of the RCEP, digital economy, peer-to-peer lending, international e-commerce, big data, ICT readiness and much more.

The book “Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership” is a key source of information and reference for RCEP development for academics and researchers (in economics and political science), government and trade organizations and policymakers interested in the RCEP. Members of the general public who want to understand debates surrounding the RCEP will also benefit from the information provided.


General readers, academics, economists, political scientists, policymakers, government and trade organizations.


About the editors:


Mahani Hamdan is a Senior Assistant Professor at UBD School of Business and Economics, and currently serves as the Director for the Institute of Policy Studies and Institute for Leadership, Innovation and Advancement. She obtained her first degree in Accounting and Financial Management from the University of Sheffield; a Master degree with distinction from the University of Leeds; and PhD from Queensland University of Technology in the field of organizational psychology. She learned about politics and policies during her post-doctoral fellowship at Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley, through Independent Leader Scholar Programme.

Her research interests are in the areas of accounting for non-public interest entities, corporate social responsibility, education policy and leadership and public finance. She was a member of Brunei Darussalam Accounting Standards Council and Income Tax Board of Review in the Ministry of Finance and Economy.

Muhammad Anshari has been named on the Stanford University List of Top 2% World Researchers in 2022 for the categories of ICT, Business & Management. He has published many peer reviewed journal papers, book chapters, and edited books. He is a Senior Assistant Professor at the Universiti Brunei Darussalam School of Business and Economics (UBDSBE) and currently serves as Deputy Director for the Institute of Policy Studies. His professional experience started when he was IT Business Analyst at Astra International. After completion of his PhD, he worked as research fellow at National Taiwan University. Before that he pursued research fellowship at King Saud University - the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia 2009. His research interests are Business Information Systems, E-government, Health Information Systems, Digital Business and Social Computing.

Norainie Ahmad is a lecturer and researcher at the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS), University Brunei Darussalam. Her academic interests and experiences are located within the confluence of three broad disciplines: Public Policy, Social Demography, and Women's and Gender Studies. Her research is focused on women and young adults in the population, and their lived experiences in contemporary Brunei. She has recently published papers on the policy implications of paid and unpaid work towards family life. Her recent publications include "Policy Implications for Working Women in Brunei", in Japan Labor Issues Vol. 3(17), pp. 39-46; “The Socioeconomic Context of Fertility Decline and Preference in Brunei". In Gietel-Basten, S., Casterline, J. and Choe, M. K. (Eds.) (2018). Family Demography in Asia: A Comparative Analysis of Fertility Preferences. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar; and “Attitudes Towards Family Formation Among Young Adults in Brunei Darussalam”, in Pakistan Journal of Women's Studies: Alam-e-Niswan, Vol. 25, No. 1, pp. 15-34. Her alma mater includes the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) where she received her MSc in Public Policy and Administration, and she matriculated Oxford University in 2009 under the Department of Sociology, while affiliated with the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing. She is a member of the Asian Population Association, Asian Association of Women's Studies, and Women in Public Policy Network.



RCEP, Supply Chain Management (SCM), ASEAN, Fourth Industrial Revolution, Asia Pacific, Big Data, Public Policy, Information Communication Technology, Economic Agreement, Economic Growth, Economic Partnership Agreement, Peer-to-Peer Lending, E-Commerce, Poverty Reduction, Cross Border E-Commerce, Economic Integration, Gross Domestic Product (GDP), Digital Economy, Disruptive Innovation, Social Innovation.


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