Singapore studies

This section lists research and teaching resources on Singapore society, primarily by scholars in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. In a few exceptional cases we have included primary sources, such as statements or reports from governments or politicians of particular interest. We hope it will be useful to academics, students, teachers, activists, journalists, and others interested in engaging with this research. 

The list is organized into thematic categories. In each (multidisciplinary) category, articles/books are listed in chronological order from most to least recent. This gives some sense of the genesis in specific areas and some context for understanding engagements across scholars’ work. Some items are listed in multiple categories. 

We solicited lists/syllabi from our networks of scholars who research and/or teach about Singapore society in universities. On some entries, where contributors have made suggestions, we include annotations. Neither the categories nor the lists are exhaustive. They will be periodically updated and further suggestions are welcome.


  1. Historical perspectives of Singapore society
  2. Space and the urban environment
  3. Political economy
  4. Power, politics, governance
  5. Public policy, state-society relations, civil society
  6. International relations and foreign policy
  7. Education 
  8. Culture, language, the arts
  9. Race, migration, nationhood
  10. Gender and sexuality
  11. Social class and inequality
  12. Media

Thanks to contributors

Anju PaulHo Li-ChingTeng Siao See
Cherian GeorgeIan Ja ChongTeo You Yenn
Chin Chuan FeiJohannis Auri Abdul AzizVineeta Sinha
Chua Beng HuatLinda LimWalid Jumblatt Abdullah
C.J. Wee Wan-LingMark BaildonYang Peidong
Elaine HoShannon AngYeo Kang Shua

Further web resources

  • Singapore society in numbers — online compilation of resources aimed at advancing quantitative social science in Singapore, created by Shannon Ang
  • CAPE essential reads — reading list focused on politics, activism, and civic affairs in Singapore, created by CAPE (a student group at Yale-NUS)
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