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Faculty Profile

College of Integrative Studies CIS

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

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. Empirically, his work focuses on South and Southeast Asia. Currently, he serves as Associate Dean (Research and Postgraduate Programmes) at the College of Integrative Studies, and Director of the SMU Urban Institute.


  • 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