SOON, Carol 孙婉婷 |

SOON, Carol 孙婉婷

Carol Soon 孙婉婷

Senior Research Fellow

Carol Soon 孙婉婷
Contact Details

DID: +65 6516 8372
Fax: +65 6763 2877 

Office Location

1C Cluny Road House 5
Singapore 259599


Dr Carol Soon is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Policy Studies where she leads the Arts, Culture and Media research cluster.

Carol led the study on media and Internet use during General Election 2015. Her research has been published in several peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, Asian Journal of Communication and Journal of Information Technology and Politics. Her paper on political bloggers in Singapore won the Top Peer-Reviewed Paper at the Conference for E-Democracy and Open Government in 2013.

Carol has taught several courses at the National University of Singapore in advanced communications and media research. She is currently teaching a module on new media and politics at NUS’ University Scholars Programme, and a module on public policy, public opinion and new media at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. She received the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy’s Research Excellence Award in 2015 and was a recipient of the Australian Endeavour Award in 2012. Carol has a PhD in Communications and New Media from NUS.

Carol worked in the corporate sector where she developed communication campaigns for profit and non-profit organisations prior to joining NUS.

Research Interests

New media and activism; online collectives; digital engagement; Singapore as a digital village; message design and attitude change; social media and politics; digital technologies; advocacy and surveillance



Conference Participation and Presentations/Speeches

  • Presenter, “Survey and offline sensing”, at the Digital Frontiers Seminar Series: Man and Machine (2) – Online and Offline Sensing of Public Sentiments on National Day Rally 2016.
  • Invited Keynote Speaker, “Communication and engagement in the age of new media”, at a conference organised by Step Up International, Manila, 3 September 2016.
  • Chair and Panel Organiser, “Transforming communicative power through evolving electorates, technologies, communication and public opinion”, at the International Communication Association Conference, Fukuoka, 9–13 June 2016.
  • Speaker, “Digital village: Going beyond Smart Nation”, at Conference for E-Democracy and Open Government, Krems (Austria), 9–13 May 2016.
  • Panellist, “Expression in the new media age: Possibilities and threats”, at NUS Social Policies Forum 2016, National University of Singapore, Singapore, 5 February 2016.

Courses taught

  • New media and politics, University Scholars Programme, National University of Singapore.
  • Media, public opinion and public policy, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore.
  • New media and policy communication, as part of the Public Sector Leadership and Management for Indian Revenue Service Officers, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore, 1 April 2016.


  • Research Excellence Award (2015). Awarded by Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.
  • Top Peer-Reviewed Paper (2013). Awarded by Conference for E-Democracy and Open Government, Krems (Austria), 22–25 May 2013.
  • Australian Endeavour Research Fellowship (2012). Awarded by the Australian Government, hosted by Asia Research Centre, Murdoch University, August–December 2012.
  • Graduate Students’ Teach Award (2011). Awarded by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, National University of Singapore.
  • Best Teaching Scholar (2010). Awarded by the Communications and New Media Programme, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, National University of Singapore.


  • Associate Director, Asia Journalism Fellowship
  • Member, Singapore Press Holdings Chinese Media Group Resource Panel
  • Member, Media Literacy Council
  • Associate Editor, Media Asia Journal  
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