Norainie Ahmad

Norainie Ahmad
Universiti Brunei Darussalam · Institute of Policy Studies

Master of Public Policy and Administration

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Introduction
Norainie Ahmad is a lecturer and researcher at the Institute of Policy Studies, Universiti Brunei Darussalam. Her academic interests are located within the confluence of three broad disciplines: Social Demography, Women and Gender Studies, and Public Policy. She presently serves as Graduate Programme Coordinator for several flagship graduate degree programmes.

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Brunei’s fertility transition has largely been under-researched, with only a handful of studies focusing on the direct and indirect determinants of fertility decline, and no existing demographic data or literature on fertility preferences. This chapter attempts to paint a picture of the changes that have been experienced by this little-known micros...
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As the Covid-19 outbreak remains an ongoing issue, there are concerns about its disruption, the level of its disruption, how long this pandemic is going to last, and how innovative technological solutions like Artificial Intelligence (AI) and expert systems can assist to deal with this pandemic. AI has the potential to provide extremely accurate in...
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Data shows at least 101.3 million women are lone mothers living alone with their children worldwide. Single mothers experience vulnerabilities and challenges such as financial hardships, care poverty, and stigma, thus requiring special attention to meet their specific needs. Yet, these needs remain unmet and invisible to policymakers. In the conser...
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A version of this report was submitted to the Association of Women's Studies, under Ewha Womans University, South Korea. Use of any part of this study requires permission from the author, which can be sought from norainie.ahmad@ubd.edu.bn
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The international dimension of higher education has evolved into a central feature of Brunei's higher education sector for more than a decade. Despite the many benefits of internationalisation to students, host universities and host countries, challenges remain. While the internationalisation process has become the norm in the education sector, its...
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This paper aims to introduce and discuss the policy implications for working women in Brunei Darussalam. Brunei presents itself as an intriguing case for labour policy research from a gender perspective, given its unique economic, socio-political, cultural, and demographic circumstances. Over the past decades women have benefitted from the progre...
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This study examines young adults’ attitudes towards marriage and family formation in Bruneian society. Questionnaires were distributed to a group of undergraduate students aged 17-31. Findings show that the majority of young adults in the study expected to be married within an ideal age range of 25-29, a period in their lives when they also ideally...
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Many contemporary, fashion-forward and veiled Muslim women choose social media to routinely upload and post pictures of their outfits and fashion styles, but not all are necessarily acquiescent to the parameters of modest-wear according to (Islamic law). While much has been said about the hijab and the women who choose to wear them (or otherwise),...
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Though the precipitous declines in overall total fertility rates in Brunei have been perceived as a 'worrying trend' by government and media, the subject of fertility attitudes and behaviour, particularly among the majority Malay Muslims, has actually received very little academic attention. This paper provides an alternative perspective to the cla...

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How small states fare during the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis warrant a closer investigation. Smaller communities, mainly those tightly-knit and reliant on extended familial care and support networks, are highly vulnerable to the negative impacts of contagious diseases. Few countries around the globe have successfully attenuated the pandemic surge as effectively as those with governments acting swiftly and aggressively in delaying the virus’ spread, especially during the first wave. As newer variants of the virus continue to grow, communities face further challenges amidst the fatigue of living a new norm. For small states, in particular, exceeding healthcare system capacity could cause unnecessary and preventable fatalities, further worsening the socioeconomic disruptions that may impact an already small, vulnerable population. This project looks into the economic, socio-cultural, and political aspects of governance in mitigating issues related to the ongoing pandemic. Funding Details: UBD-FIC Research Grant (BND35,742 - 2 years). Principal Investigator: Dr. Mahani Hj Hamdan and Norainie Ahmad, Institute of Policy Studies.