ARUN, Mahizhnan அருண் மகிழ்நன் 亚伦 |

ARUN, Mahizhnan அருண் மகிழ்நன் 亚伦

Arun Mahizhnan அருண் மகிழ்நன் 亚伦

Special Research Adviser

Arun Mahizhnan அருண் மகிழ்நன் 亚伦
Contact Details

DID: +65 6516 8392
Fax: +65 6763 2877

Office Location

1C Cluny Road House 5
Singapore 259599


Profile

Arun Mahizhnan is Special Research Adviser at the Institute of Policy Studies.

He undertakes selected special projects at the Institute. Currently, he is leading the effort to publish Singapore Chronicles, a 50-volume book series to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Singapore’s Independence (to link to special projects page). He was previously Deputy Director and the head of the Arts, Culture and Media research cluster in IPS. His past research interests also included business issues such as the regionalisation of the Singapore economy and development of entrepreneurship.

Arun is concurrently an Adjunct Professor at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication & Information at the Nanyang Technological University.

Before joining IPS in 1991, he had worked in both the public and private sectors for 20 years, mostly in public communication fields. The appointments he has held include CEO, Hill & Knowlton; Public Affairs Manager, Mobil Oil Singapore; and Senior Producer, Radio Television Singapore.

Research Interests

Arts, culture and media

Publications

  • Mahizhnan, A. (forthcoming). Conceiving, creating and conjuring a Renaissance city. In T. Chong (Ed.), A history of arts and cultural policies in Singapore. Singapore: NUS Press.
  • Mahizhnan, A. (forthcoming). Tamil language literature in Singapore. In T. A. Koh, C. L. Tan, R. Hadijah, & A. Mahizhnan, Singapore chronicles: Literature. Singapore: Institute of Policy Studies and Straits Times Press.
  • Tan, T. H., Mahizhnan, A., & Ang, P. H. (Eds.). (2016). Battle for hearts and minds: New media and elections in Singapore. Singapore: Institute of Policy Studies and World Scientific Publishing.
  • Mahizhnan, A. (2016). Rashomon effect: Introduction. In T. H. Tan, A. Mahizhnan, & P. H. Ang (Eds.), Battle for hearts and minds: New media and elections in Singapore (pp. xv–xxxii). Singapore: Institute of Policy Studies and World Scientific Publishing.
  • Tan, T. H., Mahizhnan, A., & Ang, P. H. (2016). Not quite an “Internet” election: Survey of media use of voters. In T. H. Tan, A. Mahizhnan, & P. H. Ang (Eds.), Battle for hearts and minds: New media and elections in Singapore (pp. 1–27). Singapore: Institute of Policy Studies and World Scientific Publishing.

Op-eds/Commentaries

Conference Participation and Presentations/Speeches

  • Presenter with Tan, T. H., “New Asia: Projecting soft power”, at the International Symposium on New Asian Imaginations, organised by the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore,  1–2 August 2008.
  • Presenter with Tan, T. H., “Subverting seriousness and other misdemeanours: Modes of resistance against OB markers in the 2006 Singapore General Election”, at the 17th Annual Conference of the Asian Media Information and Communication Centre on Changing Media, Changing Societies: Media and the Millennium Development Goals, Manila, 14-17 July  2008.   
  • Presenter, “Media proliferation: Bane or boon”, at the 11th Annual Conference of the Asian Media Information and Communication Centre on Media, Terrorism and A Culture of Peace, Perth, 26-28 June  2002.
  • Presenter with Narayanan, A., “E-government: The Singapore case”, at the 5th International Conference on Tamil Internet, organised by The International Forum for Information Technology in Tamil, California, 27-29 September  2002.   
  • Presenter, “Governance in cyberspace: Light touch on the net”, at the Conference on Governance and Cyberspace: The Substance After the Sizzle, organised by the International Institute of Communications, Singapore, 1-4 October 2001.

Courses taught

  • Media management, Master of Mass Communication Programme, Nanyang Technological University.
  • Strategic Public Relations, Master of Mass Communication Programme, Nanyang Technological University.
  • Media, Public Opinion & Public Policy, Master of Public Policy Administration Programme, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.

Awards

  • Life Time Achievement Award, Institute of Public Relations, Singapore
  • Fellow, Institute of Public Relations, Singapore

Committees/Directorships

  • Chair, Board of Directors, Intercultural Theatre Institute
  • Member, National Library Advisory Committee
  • Member, MINDEF Strategic Communications Expert Panel
  • Member, National Translation Committee    
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