IPS Update Issue December 2017

15 Dec 2017


In the Spotlight


HDB’s Dr Cheong Koon Hean announced as IPS’ 5th S R Nathan Fellow

Chief Executive Officer of the Housing Development Board, Dr Cheong Koon Hean, is the next S R Nathan Fellow for the Study of Singapore. Dr Cheong will deliver three public lectures during her term, which will be from January to May 2018. Details on her lectures will be released next year.


Emerging sense of S’porean identity independent of ethnic heritage
(The Straits Times)
By Mr Leonard Lim and Dr Mathew Mathews

What constitutes “Singaporean-ness”? According to IPS Researchers Mr Leonard Lim and Dr Mathew Mathews, “there is some acknowledgement of one of the features that binds us—a common language.”

Striving towards a multi-abled Singapore
(The Straits Times)
By Mr Zhuang Kuansong and Dr Justin Lee

On the occasion of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, IPS Researcher Dr Justin Lee and Mr Victor Zhuang Kuansong took stock of Singapore’s policies to promote a more inclusive society for persons with disabilities, and offer some ideas on the way forward.


In low-crime Singapore: understanding the link between diversity and crime at the neighbourhood level
(IPS Commons)
By Dr Leong Chan-Hoong and Ms Ili Kaiyisah Rahan

Diversity may be valuable within organisations, but its effects are mixed in residential communities. A study by IPS Social Lab found that, in Singapore, neighbourhoods that are more heterogeneous tend to experience higher crime rates. More in this op-ed, an earlier version of which was first published in Lianhe Zaobao.



Launch of The Challenges of Governance in a Complex World

IPS has launched a new book in the IPS-Nathan Lectures’ Series! This volume collects edited versions of the four lectures and accompanying Q&A sessions of Mr Peter Ho’s term. The cover was designed by Mr Caleb Tan, a young Singaporean illustrator. The book is available at all fine bookstores.


Migration and integration in Singapore: paperback published

The paperback edition of Migration and integration in Singapore is out! Edited by IPS Researchers Dr Yap Mui Teng, Dr Gillian Koh and Ms Debbie Soon, it examines the social, economic, and political issues in Singapore arising from migration. Get a copy of the paperback here.



Workshop on Human Capital

What are the human capital concerns in Singapore’s push towards a future economy? IPS convened a workshop with members of the public and private sectors to gather their views on this issue. Read on to learn what was discussed.


Journal Article: Models of including people with disabilities at work

“When not done properly, policies or interventions that claim to be ‘inclusive’ can be patronising or even oppressive.” IPS Researchers Dr Justin Lee, Dr Mathew Mathews and Mr Wong Fung Shing, together with collaborator Mr Zhuang Kuansong, recently published an article in the journal Disability Studies Quarterly, explaining the importance of having specific spaces for people with disabilities at work – even if they are seen as exclusive.


Report on the 28th Singapore Economic Roundtable

The Singapore Economic Roundtable (SER) is a flagship programme of IPS, where current monetary and fiscal policy are assessed in the light of the economic circumstances. The special focus session of the 28th SER was on The ASEAN Economic Community.


IPS Corporate Associates’ Lunch on Smart Nation

The Smart Nation Singapore initiative was conceived in 2014 to keep Singapore at the forefront of the digital age. How have we progressed since its inception? Mr Ng Chee Khern, Permanent Secretary for Smart Nation and Digital Government in the Prime Minister’s Office, shared his insights with the IPS Corporate Associates at a lunch dialogue.


Can Singapore Fall? In photos: IPS-Nathan Lectures by Lim Siong Guan

Mr Lim Siong Guan, IPS’ 4th S R Nathan Fellow for the Study of Singapore, completed his series of lectures November. All three lectures and accompanying Q&As are being edited and compiled in a book, due to be released in 2018. Read on for highlights from his lectures.

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IPS Researchers commented on Professor Tommy Koh’s latest book launch, and his contributions to civil life in Singapore.
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