Subhan Zein’s refereed publications include 8 books and 39 journal articles and book chapters. He is the author of Language Policy in Superdiverse Indonesia (Routledge, 2020), English as a subject in basic education (ESBE) in ASEAN: A comparative study (British Council, 2022), and Country profiles: English as a subject in basic education (ESBE) in Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam: Recommendations for policy and research (British Council, 2022). 

Subhan Zein is also Principal Investigator of the British Council’s English across ASEAN Education Systems Scoping Research (2020-2021). He has been awarded Australia's Best Researcher in the field of English Language and Literature.