Thursday, 08 June 2023

Dr Sharifah Syahirah S. Shikh @ Sy Sheikh

Dr Sharifah Syahirah S. Shikh @ Sy Sheikh

Dr Sharifah Syahirah S. Shikh @ Sy Sheikh

Senior Lecturer

Research Area

  • Human development
  • Gender studies
  • Comparative politics
  • International relations
  • Governance and policy.
Academic Qualifications: 
  • PhD Political Science, UKM (2011),
  • Master of Human Science, IIUM (2004),
  • Bachelor of Human Science (Hons), IIUM (2001)

Biodata (Brief):

Dr. Sharifah Syahirah Bt Syed Sheikh, a Senior Lecturer at Kolej Universiti Poly-Tech MARA, is a passionate scholar specialized in human development, gender studies, politics, governance and policy.  She received her early education at Sultanah Asma Girl School, Alor Setar, Kedah. She holds a Bachelor of Human Science (Hons) in Political Science (2001), and MHSc in Political Science (2004) from the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) and PhD in Political Science (2011) from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM). 

She has been actively involved in various NGOs and academic organizations. She was a former Honorary Assistant Treasurer of National Council for Women’s Organization (NCWO, 2016), EXCO of the South East Asian Association for Gender Studies (SAMA, 2014), Vice President of Persatuan Khazanah Alam Selangor (PEKA, 2017) and Vice President of Malaysian Social Science Association (PSSM, 2018). Currently, she is appointed as Co-Chairperson of Education Committee of National Council of Women’s Organization (NCWO) and EXCO of Malaysian Social Science Association (PSSM).  She is also a Life Member of International Movement for A Just World (JUST). 

She represented the Malaysian Civil Society (CSOs) in various regional and international meetings such as the 57th Commission on the Status of Women (UN) and ASEAN Intergovernmental Council of Human Rights workshops. She published more than 50 articles in journals, book chapters and proceedings related to gender and politics including two books on young women perception, hopes and challenges in Malaysia. She also completed various research grants such as Fundamental Research Grant on CEDAW and its implementation in ASEAN (2014), National on Young Women Survey (2016), Social Inclusion and Malaysian Policy (2016, 2018), Foreign Workers in Malaysia (2017), Sexual Harassment in Sports (2016, on-going 2018) and ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) Resolutions (2015). As an academician and social activist, she believes in the mission towards strengthening the ‘power of idea’ for substantive equality between men and women, realization of human rights, and maintaining genuine perpetual peace by criminalizing war.

Research Area: Human development, gender studies, comparative politics, international relations, governance and policy.

Research Project

Research Project:

On-going Research:

  • Principle Investigator. Constructing the Code of Practice and Policy on the Prevention and Elimination of Sexual Harassment in Sports. Funded by National Sports Institute (ISN) – RM78,000 from November 2018 until June 2020.
  • Co-Investigator. A Framework of Good Governance in Regulating Religious Extremism to Improve National Security in Malaysia. Funded by Ministry of Education (FRGS), RM48,000 from Jan 2018 until Dec 2019.

Completed Research:

  • Principle Investigator. Young Women National Survey. Funded by Yayasan Rizqah, RM150,000 from June 2016 until June 2017.
  • Principle Investigator. Leadership, Policy and Governance: A Study on Gen Y Perception. Funded by MARA (SPGIM), RM16,800 from June 2015 until Dec 2016.
  • Principle Investigator. Gyroscopic & Surrogacy Representations in Regional-Global Governance & Policy Network. Funded by Ministry of Higher Education (FRGS), RM50,000 from Jan 2013 unti June 2015.
  • Principle Investigator. The 14th General Election Analysis on Women Representation, Youth and Voters Perception. Self-funding in collaboration with Women Development Agency (JPW) & National Council of Women Organizations (NCWO) collaboration from April 2018 to Dec 2018.
  • Principle Investigator. Social Media Intelligence Analysis on Gender Related Issues. Self-funding from Jan 2017 until June 2018.
  • Principle Investigator. The 13th General Election on Women Representations. Self-funding from April 2013 until December 2013.
  • Co-Investigator. Prevalence of Sexual Harassment in Sports Among Malaysian Athletes. Funded by National Sports Institute (ISN), RM19,800 from June 2015 until June 2017.
  • Co-Investigator. A Study on Foreign Workers in Selangor. Funded by Selangor State Government, RM350,000 from June 2015 until December 2016.
  • Co-Investigator. ASEAN Parliamentary Assembly Research. Funded by AIPA and Parliament Malaysia, RM98,000 from June 2015 until June 2016.
  • Co-Investigator. Social Inclusiveness Policy in Malaysia. Funded by UNESCO in collaboration with MOSTI and IKMAS, UKM, RM111,000 from January 2017 until December 2017.
  • Co-Investigator. Valorizing evidence of Social Inclusion Policy in Malaysia. Funded by UNESCO in collaboration with KPWKM and IKMAS, UKM, RM100,000 from January 2018 until December 2018
  • Co-Investigator. Kajian Persepsi Politik dan Isu-isu Semasa "Government Linked Companies" (GLC). Funded by Selangor government. RM40,000 from January 2012- June 2013.



Refereed : 12 Scopus : 8 Book : 3 Book Chapter : 7



International : 2 National : 15 University : 2



Citation : 33 H-index : 3



On-going PhD

Supervisor : 2 Co-supervisor : 2



International : 1 National : 1 University : 4


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