Hi, I am Evelyn.

01 | Elevator Pitch: Welcome to my personal website. Here is where I keep an online gallery of my photographs and a repository of my writings; personal and published.

02 | Introduction: I am a researcher by profession and although I spend most of my time reading and writing on environmental and developmental policy related issues, I would occasionally head outside with a camera to capture stories as they unfold.

03 | Personal Background: Born in the beautiful island of Penang, somehow I wanted to be an architect when I grow up. Instead, I found myself later spending 3 years in the idyllic Kuala Terengganu where I dived into the amazing world of marine biology. After a few years, I moved to the capital city of Kuala Lumpur where I lived a double life as a research consultant in the marine industry by day and an environmental management graduate student by night. I was also a Photo Editor at poskod.my for a brief moment (to meet my constant need to have a creative outlet to channel into).

I left KL and returned to my hometown when I was offered a senior analyst position to conduct urban policy studies at a state government's think tank. This was when I initiated a community platform called the Penang Urbanites - as I began to see the need to bridge the gap between policy-making and the aspirations of the people whom these policies are going to have impact on.

Not long after that, I was awarded the Chevening Scholarship to pursue an MSc in City Design and Social Science at LSE. The year in London has been nothing short of enriching and life-changing in the best sense of its meaning - especially so when the city of London eventually became my ‘living classroom and urban lab’ where reality meets academia. And now that I am back home on this island of Penang, I am excited to explore the brand new phase of my professional life, as well as to document the stories of this island and share this little island with the rest of the world.

If you’re curious about my journey as a marine biologist to an urbanist, click here to read more.

04 | Trivia: I'm an INFJ 

05 | Get in Touch: hello@evelynteh.com


Penang | Kuala Lumpur | London