People: Brendon Ban Ren Jie

Brendon R . J . Ban (he/they)
brendon@bethecatalyst.asia

Brendon is currently a Bachelor of Psychology (Hons.) candidate based at the Department of Social Sciences, Taylor’s University, Malaysia under the supervision of Joshua J. H, Ng, Ph. D. At heart, he loves getting to know people and understanding what makes them tick. This love has led him into social psychology research and brought him to different countries all over the world. Outside of work, he enjoys travelling, experiencing different cultures, and listening to people’s stories from different walks of life.

Research Interests


Brendon is fascinated by how we all have multiple social identities, but what happens when some of them are in conflict with each other? What happens to disadvantaged group members when they are discriminated against? Do they try to improve their status by leaving the group? To seek answers to these questions, he uses a broad range of methodological approaches in psychology, including correlational exploratory studies and qualitative research.

Brendon welcomes research collaboration on topics such as social identity, intergroup processes, belonging, migration, wellbeing, and environment. Please email him if his research areas interest you. 

Selected Publications

Ban, B. R. J.* & Ng, J. H. (2022, March 26). “Not ready to be found”: An overview of Malaysian LGBTQ+ well-being and their multiple identities. MAPSA 2022 The Real-World Approach to Psychology, University of Nottingham Malaysia, Semenyih, Selangor, Malaysia. [Link]

Kok, K. Y.*, Ban, B. R. J.*, Wong, S. X. R., & Pang, C. Y. (2022, March 26). “If we could run away”: Exploring the lived transnational experience of Chinese-born gay men and their multiple identities. MAPSA 2022 The Real-World Approach to Psychology, University of Nottingham Malaysia, Semenyih, Selangor, Malaysia. [Link]

Ban, B. R. J.*, Wong, S. X. R., Kok, K. Y., Lee, J-. W., & Pang, C. Y. (2021, November 11-12). A stolen freedom: Chinese immigrant young gay mens’ lived experiences in Australia and their multiple identities [Panel discussion presentation]. Postgraduate/ECR Symposium Imagining new futures?: Provocations in gender and sexuality studies, Melbourne, VIC, Australia. (Virtual) [Link]

Selected Media Coverage & Interviews

Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS Journalism Club. (2022, February 05). Mental Health and COVID-19: Great things are done by a series of small things brought together –2. [Link]

AIESEC in Malaysia. (2022, January 22). Food Heroes: Giving kids a better planet on their plate. [Link]

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):