Robin Vochelet

Freelance Writer & Multimedia Journalist

Singapore

Based in Singapore, I cover underground culture, social movements, electoral politics, & queer identities across Southeast Asia. My work encompasses investigative journalism, research & commentary, as well as videography & audiovisual content.

Author of 'Pandan Brief', a weekly newsletter covering social politics, queer issues, and subcultures across Southeast Asia.

Work featured in Washington Post, Thomson Reuters Foundation, VICE, The Diplomat, Southeast Asia Globe, and more.

Other writings include political risk analysis, academia, food & travel blogging, and SEO copywriting.

Reach me at robinvochelet[at]gmail.com for inquiries & freelance projects.

Portfolio

Politics & Society

Global Green News
03/02/2021
Polish Greens stand up to Duda's illiberal politics

Keeping up with the women’s protests, making abortion accessible, safe, and legal, and fighting for full marriage equality and the recognition of LGBTQ+ rights are top priorities for Zielińska and the Polish Greens at the moment.

Queer Issues

Openly News
11/29/2023
Singapore's repeal of Section 377A, one year onward

November 29 marks the first anniversary of Singapore's repeal of a colonial-era law criminalising male same-sex relations - but how have things changed for gay and bi men and the wider LGBTQ+ community?

Openly News
11/06/2023
Meet the queer ravers changing Singapore

Bussy Temple, a collective of trans and non-binary artists and performers, is on a mission to open up spaces for a more diverse range of people in Singapore.

Life & Culture

Health & Environment

Global Green News
02/02/2021
Portuguese Greens push for a Municipal Plan for Sustainable Urban Mobility

Although we are just one month into 2021, the past few weeks have shown to be eventful for the Portuguese Partido Ecologista "Os Verdes" (PEV) ("Ecologist Party 'The Greens'"). While the 2021 Portuguese presidential election, which was held on January 24, amid a global health crisis and a national lockdown, did not yield encouraging results [...]

Global Green News
12/07/2020
Lynne Lund's Zero Carbon Bill passes second reading in P.E.I. legislature

Charlottetown, P.E.I. - The Zero Carbon Bill proposed by Lynne Lund, Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) for Summerside-Wilmot and deputy leader of the Green Party of Prince Edward Island, was unanimously voted in the province legislature on Tuesday, December 1. The bill later passed third reading on December 3, effectively writing it into the P.E.I.

Global Green News
10/20/2020
Mackenzie Kerr, the face of a new generation for the B.C. Greens

A member of the LGBTQ2S+ community herself, Mackenzie believes in the importance of standing up for the diversity of voices and experiences among the younger generation in B.C. that grew up with a chronic fear of ecological and environmental disaster.

Risk Analysis & Academic Articles

Routledge
02/23/2023
Sri Lanka and the Gulf States

Using the regional security complex theory framework, this chapter examines parallels between Sri Lanka and the Gulf states, Iran and Israel in their attempt to securitise issues encompassing migration, terrorism and climate change.

Foreign Brief
02/02/2022
Hun Sen and Min Aung Hlaing: ASEAN's new challenge

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen's latest move to normalize relations with Myanmar's military junta raises questions as to which diplomatic course of action the ASEAN will pursue this year as Cambodia assumes chairmanship of the organization.

Undergraduate Publications

MIR
08/06/2020
Hong Kong: The Forgotten Revolution

In the context of massive protests against the extradition amendment bill, many feared that this law was yet another attempt by the Chinese government to crush dissent and put an end to a potential popular uprising.

MIR
04/22/2020
Towards an "LGBT-Free" Poland?

As of February 2020, over 100 Polish municipal or local governments have proclaimed themselves to be "free from LGBTQ ideology".

Travel Blogging

Pilotplans
Guide to the Most Breathtaking Museums You Can't Miss in Rome!

If you know me even just a little bit, you know that Rome is my favorite city in the world, no jokes. Starting when I was 12, my mom would take me to Rome every fall and spring break to visit her friends who live there, naturally, I became friends with their children and the cycle continued to this day - at least virtually so long as the pandemic remains a health concern.

Pilotplans
Berlin Hostels Guide: Find the Perfect Budget Lodging Solution!

As someone whose family is half made up of German immigrants, I have a particular attachment to Germany and its culture. Visiting Berlin is always a refreshing experience; whether you are on the lookout for new places to visit, new food to try, or exploring the city's growing artistic culture and community, you are guaranteed to have the time of your life there.

Pilotplans
Murad Osmann: The Legend Behind "Follow Me To" Travel Project

If you were somewhat active on social media sometime between 2012 and 2016, you undoubtedly saw wholesome couple travel pictures where the photographer, standing behind the lens, would reach their hand to their partner standing in front of a dazzling landscape, and you may even have re-enacted one of these iconic photos for your own Instagram feed.

Podcasts