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Publisher: World Scientific

Publisher: Springer, Singapore

This book examines how institutional and environmental features in neighbourhoods can contribute to social resilience, highlighting the related socio-demographic issues, as well as the infrastructure, planning, design and policies issues. It is divided into three themes – infrastructure, planning, and community. Infrastructure examines how physical features such as parks and street patterns influence neighborliness and resilience, while planning studies how urban design enhances social interactions. Lastly, community discusses policies that can forge social bonds, either through racial integration, grassroots activities, or social service. Overall, the book combines research and empirical work with scholarly models of resilience and governance philosophy, focusing on Singapore’s urban planning and social policies.

  • NG, Kok Hoe,
    HOWE, Rocky
    LIM, Jingzhou
    NG, Sammie

Publisher: Ethos Book

January 2019

ASEAN Connectivity and Sino-Japan Infrastructure Export Competition: Understanding the Challenges Facing ASEAN Regional Integration (forthcoming)

    Publisher: NTU Press

    Publisher: In Silence No More: the Artivism of Ashmina, Ashmina Ranjit, Vajra Books

    Publisher: In The China-India Rivalry in the Globalization Era, Ed. T.V. Paul, Georgetown University Press

    Publisher: In Handbook of Policy Design, Eds. Michael Howlett and Ishani Mukherjee, Routledge

    • Lai Chee Kien

    Publisher: Institute of Policy Studies and Straits Times Press

    The early structures in Singapore were constructed from locally available materials. After British colonisation, more durable materials were used in buildings, which were designed like those built in London or Delhi. Alongside these were the shophouse blocks that filled the grid of the early town. As locals came through the ranks of public service and later struck out on their own, local architecture firms were set up at the turn of the 20th century and by 1958, architecture was taught at the Singapore Polytechnic. The periods of nation-building and global city calibration led to works by both local and foreign architects that now endow the skylines and landscapes of the island- state.
    • Seng Yu Jin and Shabbir Hussain Mustafa

    Publisher: Institute of Policy Studies and Straits Times Press

    A collection of short essays written by the two authors, this book is an unconventional chronicle of the visual arts in Singapore. By venturing into pressing issues and concerns that surround art practice, they journey through episodes from the 19th century to the analysis of significant moments in Singapore’s modern and contemporary art history. Approaching Singapore Art as an ever-evolving question, this book foregrounds the role of its artists in awakening the demand for criticality and active participation in the changing domains of art in society.
    • Lee Soo Ann

    Publisher: Institute of Policy Studies and Straits Times Press

    This book gives a concise account of the Singapore economy, beginning
    with its origins in the colonial era and continuing with its evolution after
    World War II. It notes the social and institutional changes, as well as economic
    development, in the years leading up to Independence in 1965. The book
    charts how, faced with the closure of British military bases, independent
    Singapore embarked on its transformation to a global economy. It examines
    closely the roles played by an interventionist state, foreign investment, labour
    market stability and other factors in effecting the transformation. The book
    analyses how the economy was restructured after the recession of the
    mid-1980s; and how it responded to domestic and foreign challenges such as
    an ageing population and the economic rise of China. It concludes with a
    glimpse of the way ahead.
    • Cheong Koon Hean

    Publisher: Institute of Policy Studies and Straits Times Press

    The story of public housing in Singapore is a unique one. This book chronicles the journey from the early days of prevalent unhygienic slums and crowded squatter settlements to the current landscape where over 80 per cent of the resident population is housed in quality ats spread across the island. Of these, about nine in 10 households own the ats they live in. Central to this story is the Housing and Development Board (HDB), which was established on 1 February 1960 and has since built more than one million ats in the last 58 years. HDB remains committed to its mission of providing affordable homes, creating vibrant and sustainable towns, and promoting the building of active and cohesive communities.

    Publisher: IPS Exchange Series No. 12

    Publisher: IPS Exchange Series No. 9

    • Asia Competitiveness Institute

    ACI has been rated as one of the "Best University Affiliated Think Tanks" in the recently released 2018 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report. In January 2019, it was announced by the University of Pennsylvania's Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP) that ACI has been ranked number 12 out of 94 university affiliated think tanks worldwide, as a recognition for its research relevance and policy impact.

    Background: "The Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP) at the University of Pennsylvania conducts research on the role policy institutes play in governments and civil societies around the world. Often referred to as the 'think tanks’ think tank,' TTCSP examines the evolving role and character of public policy research organizations. The 2018 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report marks the 13th year of continued efforts by the TTCSP at the University of Pennsylvania to acknowledge the important contributions and emerging global trends of think tanks worldwide." To find out more about the TTCSP's Global Go-To Think Tank Index, please visit

    Reference: McGann, James G., "2018 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report" (2019). TTCSP Global Go To Think Tank Index Reports. 16.

    ACI’s over-arching vision is to build up its research credibility with policy impact, contributing as a professional, world-class think-tank. The ACI Impact Report is created to evaluate our policy research efforts thus far. As a testament to ACI’s sustained effort and achievements, for two consecutive years in 2016 and 2017, ACI was ranked 13th globally, 2nd in Asia and 1st in Singapore amongst 90 think-tanks world-wide under the “Best University Affiliated Think-Tank” category by the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP) of the Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania ( ACI will continue to strive to push its achievement horizon by ensuring a combination of academic rigour and robustness that will produce significant policy impacts in the region.
    The 'ACI Research Projects: Summary Report' is intended to give a broad overview of the research projects undertaken by the Institute. As highlighted in the ACI Impact Report, besides research, the Institute engages in outreach and convening activities in order to expand our footprint of impact and bring home the necessary data in order to conduct the research. Nevertheless, this summary report hopes to give the reader interested in our research output an indication of the type of research ACI ultimately engages in.