Dr Greg Lopez

Lecturer (Professional Practice)

About me

I am a lecturer at the Murdoch Business School. I have a wide and deep interest in politics, economics and business and management.

In the past, I have worked in various research and advocacy capacities with private consultancies, think tanks, and non-governmental organisations. I have extensive experience in the region, working on public policy issues involving economic and political reforms, and have undertaken in-depth research and analysis in these areas.

I have been educated both in Malaysia and Australia and hold a PhD in economics from the Australian National University. My research interest is in understanding the interplay between the state, its societies and markets. I am also interested in the political economy and institutional arrangements of middle-income countries like Malaysia in achieving sustainable development while navigating the challenges of economic growth and development, developing entrepreneurship, addressing poverty and inequality, corruption, and racial and religious extremism.

I am also a fellow at the Asia Research Centre and a member of the Centre for Responsible Citizenship and Sustainability, both at Murdoch University’s College of Arts, Business, Law and Social Sciences in Perth, Western Australia.

Teaching area

I chair two programs – the Graduate Certificate in Business (Specialising in Executive Leadership and Management), and the Executive Master in Leadership, Strategy, and Innovation. This VIDEO gives an insight into some of the work I do.

In 2021, I will coordinate the customised Graduate Certificate in Business (specialising in Executive Leadership and Management) for the Department of Fire and Emergency Services. Other agencies participating in this program are WA Police, Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions), Justice (Corrections) and St. John Ambulance. 

Also, in 2021, I will facilitate the Stakeholder Governance in a Business-Society Ecosystem unit (MBS 637) and the Scenario Planning unit (MBS607),  and coordinate the International Immersion unit (MBS638) and the Capstone Consultancy Project unit (MBS639) in the Executive Masters in Leadership, Strategy and Innovation program.

This VIDEO provides insights into the EMLSI program, while this VIDEO provides insights into the learning and teaching platform used in the Executive Masters in Leadership, Strategy and Innovation program. 

I also regularly conduct Masterclass workshops collaboratively in the area of leadership, strategy and innovation with other experts in Australia and the region.

Research areas

I have an eclectic research interests that are centred on the links between individuals, state, society and markets. In particular, how do institutions in the state, society(ies) and markets influence individuals, and how do individuals, in turn, influence institutions in these three domains. I am also increasingly looking at the role of foresight in individual and institutional decision-making processes.


Current projects

My research projects for 2018-2022 are:

  • Developing and enhancing leadership capabilities in organisations using a collective leadership framework.
  • The role of foresight in individual and institutional decision making process.
  • Responsible management, and the role of the corporation in creating social value.
  • Responsible management and managing corruption in Malaysia.
  • The Najib Razak (April 2009 – May 2018) administration.
  • Revisiting the “Syncretic State” in Malaysia, and exploring ‘the Malaysian regime’.
  • Countering Violent Extremism in Malaysia.

Awards and grants

2015 ASPIRE Professional Development award
The Perth Convention Bureau’s Professional Development Awards are presented to academics and professional staff from Perth universities and are designed to assist in their personal and professional development with a view of bringing events to Perth.

Events and speaking engagements

GE14 – Regime Change, Government Change, or Something Else…, Pusat Pengajian Sains Kemasyakaratan, Pulau Pinang, 20 December 2019.

GE14 – Regime Change or Regime Maintenance, Faculty of Economics and Administration, Universiti Malaya, Petaling Jaya, 16 December 2019.

Exploring Regime Change in Malaysia, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore, 16 November 2018.

An institutional relationship perspective of corporations as responsible citizens against corruption: an exploratory study of the Malaysian experience, Sunway University, Kuala Lumpur, 3 July 2018.

An institutional relationship perspective of corporations as responsible citizens against corruption: an exploratory study of the ASEAN experience, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, Kuching, 28 July 2017.

Malaysia in 2016, at the 2016 Australia-Singapore Relationship Conference: Services, Cities and Growth, Singapore, 25 July 2016.

Intellectuals and Independent Thought in Malaysia, at Project Southeast Asia 2016, Oxford University, Oxford, United Kingdom, 14-16 April 2016.

Ungku Aziz and Syed Hussein Alatas – Different Types of Intellectuals, RSIS Seminar, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Singapore, 12 April 2016.

Keynote address: Innovation led productivity: how do we get there? Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA Industrial Relations Conference, Perth, Australia, 22 April 2015.

Professional and community service

I am regularly called on to provide guest lectures on governance issues (most often on corruption and navigating the political economy of selected Southeast Asian economies), the middle-income trap, and Malaysia.

I have a column with the Malay Mail Online where I articulate my thoughts primarily about Malaysia, but also on other issues related to the political economy of Southeast Asian economies.

I am also called on to peer review articles for several journals.

From June 2009 to May 2015, I was the Malaysia and Singapore section editor for New Mandala.



Lopez, G & Welsh, B. (eds), Regime Resilience in Malaysia and Singapore, SIRD Publication, Petaling Jaya. 2018.

Lopez, G. & Welsh, B. (eds) Regime Resilience in Malaysia and Singapore, Rowman & Littlefield, London. 2018.

Book chapters

Lopez, G., “Regime Change, maybe” in Wong, K (ed), Rebirth: Reformasi, Resistance, and Hope in New Malaysia, SIRD Publication, Petaling Jaya. 2020.

Lopez G. & Welsh, B., “Introduction: Rethinking Regime Resilience in Malaysia and Singapore” in Lopez, G & Welsh, B. (eds), Regime Resilience in Malaysia and Singapore, SIRD Publication, Petaling Jaya. 2018.

Lopez G. & Ariff, M., “Managing the Malaysian Economy After GE 2008″ in Lopez, G & Welsh, B. (eds), Regime Resilience in Malaysia and Singapore, SIRD Publication, Petaling Jaya. 2018.

Lopez G. & Welsh, B., “Conclusion: Regime Resilience in Malaysia and Singapore Ahead” in Lopez, G & Welsh, B. (eds), Regime Resilience in Malaysia and Singapore, SIRD Publication, Petaling Jaya. 2018.

Lopez, G., ‘Malaysia Economy’ in The Far East and Australasia 2017, Love, J. (Ed.) Routledge, Abingdon and New York, 2016.

Ariff, M. & Lopez, G., ‘The partial reformers: Malaysia’ in Draper, P, Alves, P & Sally, R. (eds) in The Political Economy of Trade Reform in Emerging Markets: Crisis or Opportunity, Cheltenham, UK; Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar, 2009.

Ariff, M. & Lopez, G., ‘Outward FDI from Southeast Asia: The Malaysian Experience’ in Rajan, R.S, Kumar, R & Virgill, N. (eds) in New Dimensions of Economic Globalization: Surge of Outward Foreign Direct Investment from Asia, Hackensack, NJ: World Scientific, 2008.

Journal Articles

Lopez, G. (2020), The Defeat of Barisan Nasional: Missed Signs or Late Surge? – edited by Francis E. Hutchinson and Lee Hwok Aun  ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute Publishing, Singapore 2019 Pp. 509 + xviii, ISBN: 978981483898 . Asia Pac Econ Lit, 34: 181-183. https://doi.org/10.1111/apel.12307


Lopez, G., “Radicals: Resistance and Protest in Colonial Malaya.” Journal of the Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society, vol. 89 no. 1, 2016, pp. 159-162. Project MUSE, doi:10.1353/ras.2016.0018.


Lopez, G., review of Malaysia’s Development Challenges – Graduating from the Middle, Hal Hill, Tham Siew Yean and Ragayah Haji Mat Zin (eds), Institutions and Economies, (6:2) July 2014.

Selected Blog Articles

Lopez, G., Book review: Sensing Singapore, Devadas Krishnadas, New Mandala, April 2014.

Lopez, G., Book review of Palace, Political Party and Power – A Story of the Socio-Political Development of Malay Kingship, Kobkua Suwannathat-Pian, New Mandala, September 2011.

Selected Media Articles

Lopez, G., Malaysian PM Najib Razak strengthens hold on power, Lowy Interpreter, May 2016.

Lopez, G., Malaysia’s Prime Minister: A dead man walking?, Forbes Asia, Aug 2015.

Lopez, G., Malaysia struggles to escape the middle-income trap, Asian Currents, June 2014.

Lopez, G., Moving away from the consociational model in Malaysia?, Aliran, January 2014.

Hoffstaedter, G. & Lopez, G., A tale of two coalitions: Malaysia heads to the polls, The Conversation, 3 May, 2013.

Hoffstaedter, G. & Lopez, G., Malaysia at (yet another) crossroads, The Drum, 1 April 2013.

Bosworth, M. & Lopez, G., Global, not Asian, focus is key to growth, Australian Financial Review, 29 November 2012.

Lopez, G., Malaysia’s next general elections shaping up to be a battle of the coalitions, Asian Currents [pdf] June/July 2012.

Hill, H. & Lopez, G., ASEAN economies on the slide?, East Asia Forum, 9 May 2009

Selected Reports

Greg Cutbush, Greg Lopez and Ray Trewin, Directory of initiatives to assist small and medium enterprises access global markets, Singapore: APEC Secretariat. 2013.

Lopez, G. Background paper on Malaysia for the Centre for Development and Enterprise. Rethinking South Africa’s Labour Market – Lessons from Brazil, India and Malaysia, Centre for Development and Enterprise: Johannesburg. 2013.

Bosworth, M., Trewin, R., McCarty, A., Lopez, G. & Drake-Brockman, J., Services Diagnostic and Needs Assessment Study. ASEAN-Australia Development Cooperation Programme Phase II: Jakarta. 2011.

Lopez, G., the Country chapter on Malaysia for Transparency International, Global Corruption Report – Corruption and the Private Sector, Transparency International: Berlin. 2009.

Lopez, G. & Laan, T., Biofuels at What Cost? Government Support for Biodiesel in Malaysia. International Institute for Sustainable Development: Geneva. 2008.

Other Media Work

I occasionally provide commentary on political and economic developments in Malaysia. I have also collected most of the op-eds that I’ve written at Medium.