Hans-Dieter Evers, Emeritus Professor of Development Planning and Senior Fellow, Center for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn (on leave) is Eminent Visiting Professor, Institute of Asian Studies, Faculty of Arts and Social Science, Universiti Brunei Darussalam. Professor Evers taught sociology at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia; at Yale University, where he was also Director of Graduate Southeast Asia Studies; University of Singapore (Head of Department of Sociology); and Bielefeld University (Dean). He also served as Visiting Professor at the University of Indonesia, Gadjah Mada University, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Universiti Sains Malaysia, the EHESS (Paris), Trinity College (Oxford), the University of Hawaii, Lee Kong Chian School of Business, Singapore Management University and as Distinguished Visiting Professor of Sociology, National University of Singapore. His current research is concerned with conceptions of space, maritime studies, knowledge clusters and ASEAN knowledge societies. He has published a large number of refereed journal articles and book chapters. He is co-editor of Catalysts of Change: Chinese Business in Asia (World Scientific, 2013); Beyond the Knowledge Trap: Developing Asia’s Knowledge-Based Economies (World Scientific, 2011), The Straits of Malacca (LIT, 2008), and author of Southeast Asian Urbanism: The Meaning and Power of Social Space (ISEAS/McGrawHill, 2000; translated as Urbanisme di Asia Tenggara: Makna dan Kekuasaan dalam Ruang-Ruang Sosial [Yayasan Obor Indonesia, 2002]).