Research Categories

Communication Studies

This category covers:

  • Audience Analysis
  • Comparative Media Systems
  • Information and Communication Technologies
  • International Communication
  • Internet-based Alternative Journalism
  • Journalism and Politics
  • Journalism Philosophies
  • Journalism Studies
  • Journalism Values and Ethics
  • Media and Public Opinion
  • Media Effects
  • Media Sociology and Systems
  • Mediated Communication
  • News Framing
  • News Media and Public Opinion
  • Perception of News Media
  • Perception of News Media
  • Quantitative Research Methods

Related Links:
Research at Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information
Singapore Internet Research Centre (SIRC)

NameResearch Interests
Prof Ang Peng HwaAng Peng Hwa's research area is internet governance and media law and policy.
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.
Prof (Adj) Arunachalam Mahizhnan-
Assoc Prof Augustine PangCrisis management and communication Image management and repair Media management Public relations Journalism
Prof Ben Alvin SheddBen received a 1989 summer long Residential Creativity Fellowship from the Alden B. Dow Creativity Center, Northwood University where he began his EXPLODING THE FRAME research comparing small screen and giant screen imagery and creating a new filmic language for effective giant screen production. This research began for producing IMAX giant screen films and continues today with ever larger high-resolution digital screens and full dome immersive presentations where the edges of the screen frame are outside our field of vision. His research also concerns creating effective science and technology media about very large and very small phenomena seen on displays from handheld size to multi-story high screens.
Assoc Prof Benjamin Hill DetenberDr. Detenber's research interests include the following: Cognitive and Emotional Responses to Media Use and Impact of Information and Communication Technologies Internet Studies Computer-mediated Communication Media and Public Opinion Political Communication Quantitative Research Methods
Assoc Prof Chan Hiu Dan AliceHer research work mainly utilizes neuroimaging (fMRI) and behavioral measures to investigate how cultural experiences such as language and socialization may shape our brains and affect the way we see and hear the world. Her studies demonstrated that the auditory perception pattern is different between members from East Asian and Western cultures, which is in connection with previous findings on visual perception. She is interested in looking at the underlying cognitive and neuroanatomical mechanisms as well as the genetic bases of these culturally sensitive perceptual patterns and behaviors. Her current work also looks at possible neurophysiological realizations that would support the Whorfian hypothesis, with a specific interest in Cantonese and Mandarin Chinese, as well as bilingual and multilingual communities.
Prof Charles Thomas SalmonHis current research focuses on health communication, public opinion and communication campaigns, with particular emphasis on: * unintended consequences of well-intentioned efforts to promote public health and safety * the use of stigma in communication efforts to warn populations about disease * the role of public will in mobilizing support for health and environmental causes
Assoc Prof Chen Hsueh-huaDr. Chen’s research interests include the interplay between culture and communication, how technology brings changes in communication behaviors, the social impact of digital media and intergroup relations. Particularly, she investigates the ways in which individuals negotiate their identities and social relationships through interpersonal interaction cross cultural boundaries both in real life and virtual communities. •Chen, V.H.H. (2014, Dec). Online Participation and Public discourse: A case study in Singapore. In Proceedings of Conference for E-Democracy and Open Government, Asia 2014, Hong Kong. •Chai, S. L., Chen, V.H.H. & Khoo, A.C.E. (2011, May) Social Relationships of Gamers and their Parents. Paper to be appeared in proceeding of 2nd World Conference on Psychology, Counseling and Guidance, Antalya, Turkey. •Sri, R. M.H., & Chen, V. H.H. (2010, June). Identity Negotiation of the Black African Diaspora through Discourse with Singaporeans. In proceedings of International Conference on Humanities and Social Sciences, Paris, France. (Student class paper) Special attention has also been paid to the impact of new media on minority groups such as school children, migrants, women and older adults. •Chen, V.H.H. & Chng, S.E.G. (2015 May). Parental Monitoring and Youths’ Online Risky Behaviors: Cross-sectional and Longitudinal Effects. Paper to be presented at the annual conference of the International Communication Association, San Juan, Puerto Rico. (Project PI) •Tzuo, P.W., Chen, D., & Chen, V. H.H. (2013). A Student-Centered Method of Incorporating Computer Games into School: A Study in Singapore. The Asia-Pacific Education Researcher. (Project PI) •Chib, A. and Chen, V. H. H. (2011). Midwives with mobiles: A dialectical perspective on gender arising from technology introduction in rural Indonesia. New Media and Society, 13(3), 486-501. To enhance understanding of the ways new media technology and human communication interrelate, Dr. Chen has worked on several interdisciplinary projects that investigate specifically video game design for educational and social purposes. •Tzuo, P.W., Ong, J. I. P., Yang, C. H., & Chen, V. H.H. (2012). Reconceptualizing pedagogical usability of and teachers’ roles in computer game-based learning in school. Educational Research and Reviews, 7(20), 419-429. (Project PI) •Klopfer, E., Sheldon, J., Perry, J. & Chen, V. H. H. (2011). Ubiquitous games for learning (UbiqGames): Weatherlings, a worked example. Journal of Computer Assisted Learning. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2729.2011.00456.x (Project PI) •Chu Yew Yee, S. L., Gu, Y. X., Chen, V.H.H. & Duh, H. B. L. (2010). A Game Design Method Empowering Children and Adults. IEEE Learning Technology Newsletter (Special Issue on Game-Based Learning), 12(1). (Project PI) •Mehrabi, M. & Chen, V.H.H. (2010, November) Interactivity in Massively Multiplayer Online Games: A Concept Explication. In proceeding of 7th ACM International Conference on Advances in Computer Entertainment Technology, Taipei, Taiwan. •Duh, H.B.L., Chu Yew Yee, S. L., Gu, Y. X., Chen, V.H.H. (2010, July) A Narrative-Driven Design Approach for Casual Games with Children. In the Proceedings of the 37th International Conference and Exhibition of Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques, Los Angeles, USA. (Project PI) The most recent project gamifies the process of attitude change towards cultural diversity to facilitate social integration. Future projects will focus on utilizing game mechanisms to promote empathy and social inclusion towards marginalized groups and achieve positive intergroup relations.
Asst Prof Christopher CummingsImproving predictions of public understanding and acceptance of nanotechnology-enabled food products and labels Predicting public support for use of geoengineering technologies Expert decision making regarding synthetic biology Comprehension of consumer products and messages Multi-criteria decision analysis of governance options regarding synthetic biology Investigating media portrayals of risks associated with transboundary air pollution in Southeast Asia Investigating communication influences on secondary risk perceptions associated with vaccine use