Two faces of ontological (in)security: Xenophobia and cooperation in Singapore


Academic Views, Coronavirus

Terri-Anne Teo and Yasmine Wong (Research Fellow and Senior Analyst respectively at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, NTU) consider how recent manifestations of pandemic-era xenophobia and social collaboration in Singapore can be understood in terms of ontological security. Singapore has settled into some semblance of a new normal amid the fight against COVID-19. […]

October 26, 2020

Parti v party: Inequalities and the justice system


Academic Views

Donald Low, Professor of Practice in Public Policy at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, reflects on inequalities pertinent to how the criminal justice system handled the case of the Liew family and Parti Liyani. The High Court acquittal of Ms Parti Liyani, an Indonesian domestic worker previously sentenced to 26 months’ jail by […]

September 12, 2020

Teh Tarik with Walid, episode 3: Kuik Shiao-Yin


GE2020, Interviews

Assistant Professor Walid Jumblatt Abdullah of Nanyang Technological University spoke to former NMP Kuik Shiao-Yin on 12 August 2020, a few weeks after GE2020, as part of his ‘Teh Tarik with Walid’ interview series. The video and transcript are found below. Walid Abdullah: So for everybody, thanks for joining us. So Miss Kuik was a […]

September 5, 2020

Teh Tarik with Walid, episode 2: Gerald Giam


GE2020, Interviews

Assistant Professor Walid Jumblatt Abdullah of Nanyang Technological University spoke to then MP-elect Gerald Giam on 28 July 2020, a few weeks after GE2020, as part of his ‘Teh Tarik with Walid’ interview series. The video and transcript are found below. Walid Abdullah: Today we will be discussing the election. Obviously, so if the last […]

September 5, 2020

Let us have data for breakfast together


Academic Views

Shannon Ang, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Nanyang Technological University, is hungry for more data — here he suggests how we can better harness it for Singapore’s collective good. How likely is it that children of poor parents in Singapore are also poor when they grow up? Is it true that companies who hire primarily […]

August 29, 2020

The Middle East: A useful foil for thinking about Singapore’s past and present


Academic Views

Koh Choon Hwee, Visiting Assistant Professor at NUS LKYSPP and a historian of the Ottoman Empire, highlights Singapore’s forgotten connections to the Middle East and shows how polarised narratives and misrepresentations about this region—some of which are deeply Islamophobic—are already present in Singapore, posing a threat to social justice and harmony. As recent explosions in […]

August 25, 2020

Politically apathetic no more? Young Singaporean perspectives on race and civil liberties


Academic Views, GE2020

Saleena Saleem (a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology at the University of Liverpool) and Adi Saleem Bharat (an LSA Collegiate Fellow in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at the University of Michigan and the co-founder and coordinator of the Jewish-Muslim Research Network) consider the implications of the […]

August 5, 2020

Beyond the pandemic: efficiency, resilience, justice


Academic Views, Coronavirus

Donald Low, Professor of Practice in Public Policy at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, argues that Singapore must look beyond a narrow focus on efficiency, and give greater weight to considerations of resilience and justice. Over the last 30-40 years, most economies have prioritised efficiency or economic growth over considerations of resilience […]

May 1, 2020

After the fever: Placing Singapore in the post-pandemic world


Academic Views, Coronavirus

Chong Ja Ian, Harvard-Yenching Institute Visiting Scholar 2019-2020, considers the external political environment that Singapore will face in light of the pandemic. As Singapore grapples with increasing COVID-19 infections and their consequences, a post-pandemic world awaits. This environment will differ from the one we all left behind in 2019 and the shifts will not only be economic. […]

April 21, 2020