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Sociology

NameResearch Interests
Assoc Prof Arul Indrasen ChibDr. Arul Chib pursues action-oriented research in varied cross-cultural contexts. His research agenda focuses on the impact and role of mobile phone in (a) healthcare systems in resource-constrained environments of developing countries, and (b) transnational migration to developed countries. He investigates the key factors influencing the adoption of technology for positive health outcomes, and has engaged in the design and development of healthcare technology systems spanning online and mobile platforms. He increasingly interested in issues of power, with one research trajectory focusing on the intersection of gender with technology, and the role of agency and appropriation in the achievement of goals ranging from socio-economic development, human well-being and empowerment, and societal change. He has published over 60 research articles. Global collaborations with IDRC, Red Cross Red Crescent, UNICEF, UNFPA, World Vision have led to research grants of S$ 5Mn. At the Singapore Internet Research Center, Dr. Chib has led the SIRCA programme (established 2008), mentoring 30 emerging country researchers in Asia, Africa and Latin America, with mentoring events in Atlanta, Bangkok, Cape Town, Jamaica, Mauritius and Singapore. The SIRCA III programme is currently focused on theory-building in the area of Open Development, and runs till 2017. Dr. Chib's contributions have led to a number of research awards, including the 2011 Prosper.NET-Scopus Award for the use of ICTs for sustainable development. This award was accompanied by a fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, one of the highest honours within the European scholarly tradition. He has been awarded fellowships at Ludwig Maxmilians University and University of Southern California, and the Best Graduate Student Award of S. I. Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University. He serves on the editorial boards of Human Communication Research, Communication Yearbook, and Mobile Media and Communication, and is Senior Editor of The Electronic journal for Information Systems in Developing Countries. Dr. Chib’s research in as many as a dozen countries has been profiled in the media ranging from the United Nations Chronicle to the Singaporean press. He has lectured at numerous global events and presented the keynote speech at the Media Health Communication Conference 2012 in Munich Germany. He is the General Conference Chair for ICTD2015, and a member of the organizing committees of the IFIP 8.6 2013 and ICTD 2012. He has been an expert speaker at events organized by UNESCO, UN-APCICT. Dr. Chib has worked at the local level with non-governmental agencies such as INPPARES, Nyaya Health, Text to Change, Udaan, UNICEF and World Vision, securing external grants worth over S$ 5 million. Arul has lived and worked extensively in India, Indonesia, China, Peru, Singapore, Thailand, and the United States of America. Most recently, Associate Prof Arul Chib has released the SIRCA II co-edited volume ‘Impact of Information Society Research in the Global South’ (New York: Springer; ISBN 978-981-287-380-4). The international scholarly community has taken a variety of approaches to question the impact of information society research on populations in the Global South. This book addresses two aspects-Impact of research: How is the research on ICTs in the Global South playing a role in creating an Information Society? (for example, policy formulation, implementation in practice, and shaping of public opinion), Secondly, what does the Research on Impact reveal: What is the evidence for the impact of ICTs on society? The volume brings together a multiplicity of voices from developing countries and approaches within the social scientific community to address these vital questions.
Asst Prof Chou Meng-HsuanRegionalism and regional integration (European Union, ASEAN) Institutional and organisational theory Migration and asylum policy Research and higher education policy (knowledge policies)
Assoc Prof Chul HeoChul's scholarly interests focus on the study of production culture and aesthetics of film and television with a critical cultural studies approach. In particular, he is interested in critical and aesthetic implications of the look and sound of film and television, e.g. production design and sound design. To understand production culture of film and television, he pays attention to people who make creative decisions to deal with production conventions, creative rights, constraints and possibility in their institutional contexts, and the imagined audience in production process. Research areas - Aesthetics and Culture of Film and Television Production - Production Style and Code; Audience-making in Production; History of Presentation Techniques in Film and Television - Cultural Politics of Sound Design and Production Design - Sound and the Public Sphere; Occupational history of production designers - Digital technology and Filmmaking - The Work of Art in the Age of Digital Production - Asian Cinema and Television - Production Culture of South East Asian Cinema and Korean Cinema & Television - Documentary - History, Theory, and Aesthetics; Asian and Asian American Documentary Films Current Projects - "One day": a fictional feature film. An adopted Korean American girl, who is rebellious, meets an elderly musician who lives in a town that will disappear soon in the name of redevelopment in Seoul. - "The Road to Bhutan": a fictional feature film. A Singaporean TV producer is assigned to go to the Kingdom of Bhutan for a documentary program. She meets two Koreans joining her trip together leading to unpack their personal stories. - "Production Culture in Southeast Asian Cinema": This book project examines the cultural practices and belief systems of production workers in the Southeast Asian film industry. - "Technical 'know-how's in the production of emotion: critical readings of film and television production manuals from 1950s to the present": a journal article on production convention. Selected Creative Works - The Return (2017, 96 min., 4K HD), Director/Writer. Narrative feature. (in Korean w/English-French subtitles) - Mira Story (2014/2015, 84 min., HD), Director/Writer/Producer. Documentary feature. (in Korean w/English subtitles) - Ari Ari the Korean Cinema (2011/2012, 83 min., HDV), Director/Writer/Producer. Documentary feature. (in Korean w/English subtitles) - Grief Over the Sewol Ferry Disaster (2015, 14 min., HD). Producer/Director/Editor. (in Korean w/English subtitles) - The Secret of Hanji Craft (2014/2015, 10 min., HD), Producer/Director. (in Korean w/English-French subtitles) - Kismet (2013, 30 min., HD), Producer/Director. (in Korean w/Turkish subtitles) - Constancy and Change in Korean Craft Arts (2013, 60 min., HD), Producer/Director. (in Korean w/English subtitles) - The Job (2006, SD). Producer. thirteen 30-min. episodes for TVK-24, Comcast cable in Southern California. (In English) - Between Two Worlds (1996/1998, 30 min., SD), Director/Writer/Producer. (In English) Selected Journal Articles - Kim, E., & Heo, C. (2014). The study on the aesthetic possibility of history documentary and thick text-focusing on the analysis of "Cheonggyecheon Medley." History Studies, 27, 257-286. (in Korean) - Han, W., & Heo, C. (2012). Constitution and disruption of identities: Between feminist and idol since the early 2000s. Culture & Society, 12, 105-145. (in Korean) - Oh, W. H. & Heo, C. (2010). An aesthetic analysis on the rising television style of video journalists. Journal of Media Economics & Culture, 8(4), 103-143. (in Korean) - Heo, C., & Kim, J. S. (2010). On sound research: The role of ambient sound in the poetics of film and television. Communication Theory, 6(1), 191-228. (in Korean) - Heo, C. & Kim, J. (2010). Can you hear documentary? - A critical approach on the production convention of documentary sound in Korea. Media & Society, 18(2), 82-128. (in Korean)
Dr Denise Edith De SouzaLanguage in Science and Technology, Academic and Multimodal Communication, Language Teaching and Learning, Technology in Language Teaching and Learning, Programme Evaluation (in Education), Application of Critical Realism and Realist Social Theory in research practice.
Asst Prof Duffy Andrew MichaelJournalism in Singapore Cross-cultural journalism education Online journalism education
Asst Prof Edson C Tandoc Jr.media gatekeeping, journalism studies, web analytics, social media, environmental journalism
Asst Prof Fang XiaopingHistory of medicine, health and disease in twentieth-century China Medical anthropology and sociology in contemporary China
Asst Prof Felicity ChanMy core research interest lies at the intersections of the formation of social life in cities, global immigration and the planning/design of the urban built environment. I particularly enjoy including mapping as a method of inquiry. Thus, I am intrigued by research (visual and textual) that concurrently explores the joint dimension of society and space and how it interfaces with urban policies and institutions. My current research is about the urban spatial imprints of immigrants in Singapore and the relationship between policies of social integration, urban planning and development.
Assoc Prof Hallam StevensMy research focuses on the intersection between information technology and biotechnology. My first book is an historical and ethnographic account of the changes wrought to biological practice and biological knowledge by the introduction of the computer. Especially in highly computerized fields such as genomics, the computer has changed how biologists work, how biologists collaborate, and how biologists make knowledge. I am currently pursuing two ongoing research projects. The first is an attempt to develop new methods of studying scientific practice by deploying tools from performance studies. In collaboration with a performance studies scholar, I am examining spaces of biomedical work in East Asia in an effort to deepen our understanding of how such spaces fit into the economic, social, and political context of the cities in which they sit. Sites under examination include Biopolis in Singapore and BGI in Shenzhen. The second project examines the emergence of "big data." This apparently new field is quite suddenly having an immense impact on politics, the economy, and many aspects of our social world. What is really new about big data? What kinds of changes may it bring? Who will benefit? Historians of technology, in particular, are well equipped to ask and answer such important questions about this emerging phenomenon. In addition to these projects, I have just completed a general audience book that examines that provides a broad overview of the social, political, and economic effects of biotechnology. The book will be published under the title "Biotechnology & Society" in 2016 (University of Chicago Press). I am interested in supervising PhD students on topics related to the history of the life sciences, the history of information technology, and science and technology studies.
Asst Prof Han SamSocial/cultural/critical theory Religion New media studies East Asia Death, dying and mourning in a digital era Ethics and morality in contemporary lifestyle culture