Core Team

Professor Jane M. Jacobs

Principal Investigator and Professor of Social Sciences (Urban Studies)

Professor Jane M. Jacobs’ research is in the urban studies field with a particular interest in the cultural aspects of the production and consumption of the built environment. She has served on the editorial boards of numerous journals such as Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, Cultural Studies Review, Social and Cultural Geographies, and Annals of the Association of American Geographers, and Antipode, to name a few. She was a founding member of Melbourne’s Institute of Postcolonial Studies and currently serves as the Head of Studies for the Urban Studies Department at Yale-NUS College. Having written on the cultural politics of heritage, critical colonial and postcolonial urbanisms, and the relationship between society and culture, she will be contributing cartographic knowledge as well as public history knowledge for the Digital Historical Maps Project.


Ronald Milne

Co-Investigator and Dean of Educational Resources & Technology

Much of Dean Ronald Milne’s career has been spent working in research libraries with significant holdings of documentary heritage collections.  Having graduated from the University of Edinburgh with an M.A. Honours in German, he subsequently earned his M.A in Library and Information Studies from the University of London. Immediately prior to joining Yale-NUS, Dean Milne was George Lyndon Hicks Fellow with the National Library of Singapore, where he developed a framework for the development of Singapore and Southeast Asia collections.  Prior to this, he held leadership roles with the Ministry for Culture and Heritage (New Zealand) and the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand.  Dean Milne has also held leadership positions in the United Kingdom at the Oxford University Library Services (now the Bodleian Libraries) and the British Library. Dean Ronald Milne is Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. His contributions to the Digital Historical Maps project flow from his extensive knowledge of research libraries and documentary heritage collections.


Paul Tan

Senior Associate Director, IT Services

Paul Tan currently serves as the Senior Associate Director of IT Services at Yale-NUS College with extensive experience leading IT teams. He was formerly the Assistant Director of Information Services at Anderson University and has held positions at the College of William and Mary and Singapore Management University. With his skillset and knowledge, he will be assisting with information and communication technology (ICT), and coordinating technical activities relating to platform development, technical interfaces (IIIF) and User Experience (UX) design of the Digital Historic Maps Project.


Robin Blackburn

Curator, Digital Historical Maps

Robin possesses a background in historical research and museum collections management, having worked for 20 years in museums in the UK and Singapore. In the UK, he was a Documentation Officer at the Imperial War Museum, before completing his post-graduate diploma in Museum Studies at Newcastle University. On moving to Singapore, Robin worked at the Changi Chapel and Museum, before going freelance as a museum collections manager. He is currently the Curator for the Digital Historical Maps Project at Yale-NUS College.



Tan Tai Yong (President, Yale-NUS College)

Peter Borschberg (Department of History, National University of Singapore)


Collaborating Researchers

Derek Heng (Department of History, Northern Arizona University)

Jessica Hanser (Department of History, University of British Columbia)


Collaborating Libraries

Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University

Bodleian Library University of Oxford

Leiden University Libraries

National Library Singapore

Supported by the Social Science Research Council, Singapore