Curriculum Vitae


Dr Chee Shi Yin

  • Postdoctoral Fellow

  • School of Hosp,Tourism & Events
    Faculty of Social Sciences & Leisure Management


Dr. Ellie Chee Shi Yin is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Faculty of Sciences and Leisure Management and a member of the Active Ageing Impact Lab at Taylor’s University, Malaysia. She completed her Bachelor of Environment (Architecture) and Master of Architecture at the esteemed University of Melbourne, Australia. She further expanded her academic pursuits, earning a Ph.D. in Hospitality and Tourism in 2021. Though in the early stages of her research career, she has already developed a distinct research interest at the intersection of active ageing, hospitality for seniors, and senior living environment. By harmoniously combining elements of architecture, environmental design, and gerontology, she provides fresh insights that significantly contribute to understanding and improving older adults' well-being. She has published articles in top journals such as the International Journal of Hospitality Management, Aging and Mental Health, Tourism Recreation Research, Journal of Gerontological Social Work, and the Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics.

Ellie’s journey into researching senior living and well-being has been largely shaped by her personal experiences. As a young girl, she was raised without the presence of her grandparents, except for a single grandmother who endured a decade-long battle with ovarian cancer and severe dementia. Living with her grandmother and serving as her primary caregiver gave Dr. Chee a deeply personal insight into the everyday realities of living with, caring for, and loving someone with advancing dementia. These early experiences fostered an acute understanding of the multifaceted challenges associated with ageing and healthcare. Her professional journey was also significantly influenced by the late renowned architect Dr. Brian Kidd, her mentor and thesis supervisor during her time at the University of Melbourne. Dr. Brian Kidd, a Senior Research Fellow with a specialized focus on designing for dementia, recognized her unique sensitivity and understanding of the elderly. He nurtured her potential, instilling in her a profound respect for older adults and a burning desire to make meaningful contributions in their lives. Under Dr. Kidd's guidance, the seed was planted for what would become her career's defining focus: creating senior-friendly environments. 

These personal experiences and early professional influences have inspired her research journey, a testament to her commitment to enhancing the lived experiences of older adults in our society. By leveraging phenomenological research methods, she unearths personal narratives and perceptions that offer invaluable insights into the ageing process. Her mission continues to be centered around enhancing the lived experiences of older adults in our society, bridging the gap between theory and practice with her unique blend of personal empathy, academic rigour, and architectural acumen.

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Hospitality and Tourism), Taylor's University Sdn Bhd, Malaysia
  • Master of Architecture, The University of Melbourne, Australia
  • Bachelor of Environments, The University of Melbourne, Australia
  • Diplome in Architecture Technology, Taylor's University College, Malaysia
  • Malaysian Healthy Ageing Society, Member, 2023 to present (National)
  • Gerontology Association of Malaysia , Annual Member, 2023 to present (National)
  • Persatuan Sains Sosial Malaysia (PSSM), Academic Member, 2023 to present (National)
  • Qualitative Research Association of Malaysia, Member, 2023 to present (National)
  • Food Aid Foundation, Associate member, Since 2014 (National)
  • Enabling Senior-Friendly Environments
  • Social And Community Psychology (Environmental Gerontology)
  • Ageing
  • Sociology of Ageing
(Course Title),(Level of Study),(Institution),(Month/Year)
  • Architectural Design Studio II, Bachelor Degree, Taylor's University (08/2016)
  • Architectural Portfolio, Bachelor Degree, Taylor's University (01/2016)
  • Architecture Studio 3, Bachelor Degree, Taylor's University (01/2016)
  • Internship Training & Report, Bachelor Degree, Taylor's University (01/2016)
(Title of publication in APA style)
Article in Journals
  • Chee, S. Y. (2023). Deinstitutionalized senior-friendly accommodations: A phenomenological exploration of deindividualized institutional life of older adults in senior living facilities. International Journal of Hospitality Management, 111, 103476. (ISI-Indexed)
  • Chee, S. Y., Dasgupta, A., & Ragavan, N. A. (2022). Senior-friendly accommodations: A phenomenological study of the lived experiences of older adults with functional limitations in senior living facilities. International Journal of Hospitality Management, 112 (July 2023), 103402. (ISI-Indexed)
  • Rasoolimanesh, S. M., Chee, S. Y., & Ari Ragavan, N. (2023). Tourists’ perceptions of the sustainability of destination, satisfaction, and revisit intention. Tourism Recreation Research, 1-20. (ISI-Indexed)
  • Chee, S. Y. (2023). Age-related digital disparities, functional limitations, and social isolation: unraveling the grey digital divide between baby boomers and the silent generation in senior living facilities. Aging & Mental Health, 1-12. (ISI-Indexed)
  • Chee, S. Y. (2023). Navigating the Twilight Years: Supporting Older Adults’ Orientation and Wayfinding in Senior Living Facilities. Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, 115 (December), 105135. (ISI-Indexed)
  • Chee, S. Y., & Thomas, T. K. (2022). Exploring the Normality of the Complexities of Later Life in Aged Homes: A Review. Millennial Asia, 13(1), 173-189. (ISI-Indexed)
  • Chee, S. Y. (2020). COVID-19 pandemic: The lived experiences of older adults in aged care homes. Millennial Asia, 11(3), 299-317. (ISI-Indexed)
  • Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 2023 to 2023 (Article in Journal)
  • Asia-Pacific Journal of Business Administration, 2023 to 2023 (Article in Journal)
  • Tourism Recreation Research, 2023 to 2023 (Article in Journal)
  • International Journal of Hospitality Management, 2023 to 2023 (Article in Journal)
  • BMJ Open (British Medical Journal), 2022 to 2022 (Article in Journal)
  • Asia-Pacific Journal of Innovation in Hospitality and Tourism (APJIHT, 2022 to 2022 (Article in Journal)
  • Media Asia, 2022 to 2022 (Article in Journal)
  • BMJ Open (British Medical Journal) , 2021 to 2021 (Article in Journal)
  • Malaysian Institute of Art (MIA) BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design Semester 6 Panel Jury. Reviewing and critiquing the works of final-semester students' conceptual, research, design, and technical abilities in proposing their own projects on their own sites of choice through various modes of presentation., 2021 to 2021
  • Millennial Asia: An International Journal of Asian Studies, 2021 to 2021 (Article in Journal)
  • SEGi University's Bachelor of Science in Architecture Program's Design Studio Final Review assessing the students' design ideas, concepts, design processes, and skill development., 2018 to 2018
  • Taylor's University School of Architecture, Building & Design (SABD) Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Architecture) Design Studio 4 Final Review., 2017 to 2017
  • Taylor's University School of Architecture, Building & Design (SABD) Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Architecture) Design Studio 4 Final Review., 2015 to 2015
  • Taylor's University School of Architecture, Building & Design (SABD) Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Architecture) Design Studio 6 Final Review., 2015 to 2015
  • "Designing for People Not Dementia" in Issue 4, Vol 1, 2012 Australian Journal of Dementia Care (AJDC). The Dementia Enabling Environment Project (DEEP) is helping to close the gap between research and practice in designing environments for people with dementia., 2012 to 2012 (Project Feature)
(Course Title),(Course Mode),(Date/Duration),(Level)
  • French - Beginners 1 in RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia., Non research, 17/03/2014 to 26/05/2014 (International)
  • 3D Studio Max for Architects and Interior Designers in RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia., Non research, 25/02/2012 to 31/03/2012 (International)