Research Categories

Sociology

This category covers:

  • Anthropology and Sociology of Southeast Asia
  • Chinese Societies
  • Civil Society and Social Movements
  • Development and Social Change
  • Economic Sociology
  • Gender
  • Globalisation
  • Language
  • Migration
  • Nationalism and Transnationalism
 
  • Organisations
  • Political Sociology
  • Religion
  • Science, Technology and Society
  • Singapore Studies
  • Social Inequality
  • Social Memory
  • Societal Issue in Commercial Communications
  • Sociology of Culture
  • The Family

Sociology is unquestionably the broadest of all social science disciplines: all spheres of social life (culture, economy, and politics) are open to inquiry. So are specific social phenomena such as power relations, organisational changes, and the creation, use, and consequences of scientific and technical knowledge. Doing sociology is a rigorous process that involves careful and reasoned collection and analysis of empirical data in order to test, critique, and refine existing understandings of historical and contemporary social processes.

In analysing the determinants and consequences of social change within and across societies, we confront questions about human costs and choices relating to issues such as social inequality and the quality of life. Thus sociology involves critical judgment and creative reasoning in the analysis of personal choices, organisational decisions, and public policies – without resorting to uncritical acceptance of conventional wisdom or avoidance of inconvenient data. Sociology is a practical craft that prepares students for a variety of career pursuits.

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NameResearch Interests
Assoc Prof Arul Indrasen ChibAssoc Prof 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, 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 80 research articles. As Director of the Singapore Internet Research Center, Dr. Chib 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, Michigan, and Singapore. 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 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 has been profiled in the international such as the United Nations Chronicle. He presented keynote speeches at the Media Health Communication Conference 2012 in Munich Germany and Global Fusion Conference at Texas A&M University. He was General Conference Chair for ICTD2015, and on organizing committees for IFIP 8.6 2013 and ICTD 2012. He has been an expert speaker at events organized by UNESCO and UN-APCICT. Dr. Chib has worked 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 learned in India, Germany, Peru, Singapore, South Africa, Thailand, and the United States of America. Dr. Chib is currently PI for MOE TIER 2 grant worth S$ 602,856 examining digital nativism. LATEST PUBLICATIONS Chib, Bentley, & Wardoyo (2019). Distributed contexts of digital media and learning: Open practices as a response to marginalization. Comunicar Brew-Sam & Chib (2019). How do smart device apps for diabetes self-management correspond with theoretical indicators of empowerment? An analysis of app features. International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care Rossmann, Riesmeyer; Brew-Sam, Karnowski, Joeckel, Chib, & Ling (2019). Appropriation of mHealth for Diabetes Self-Management: Lessons from two qualitative studies. JMIR Diabetes Chib, & Shi (2018) Structured imaginings: Social media as a tool to reduce intergroup prejudice. Intercultural Communication Studies Chib & Lin (2018) Theoretical advancements in mHealth: A systematic review of mobile apps. Journal of Health Communication Loh, & Chib (2018) Tackling social inequality in development: Beyond access to appropriation of ICTs for employability. Information Technology for Development Kang, Ling & Chib (2018) The flip from fraught to assumed use: Mobile communication of North Korean migrant women during their journey to South Korea. International Journal of Communication
Asst Prof Chou Meng-HsuanRegionalism and regional integration (European Union, ASEAN) Global policy and transnational administration 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 - Imagined Audience in Media Production - Production Culture: Convention, Aesthetics, and Style - Media and the Public Sphere - Cultural Politics of Sound and Production Design - Digital technology and Filmmaking: Data Mining and Media Production - Production Culture of South East Asian Cinema and Korean Cinema - Documentary: History, Theory, and Aesthetics Selected Creative Works Feature Films, Theatrical release nationwide. - The Return (2017, 96 min., 4K HD), Director/Writer. Narrative feature. (in Korean w/English-French subtitles), Commercial release on Dec. 7, 2017; Golden Zenith Award, the 41st Montreal World Film Festival; Ulju Mountain Film Festival; Jeonju International Film Festival; Asian Film Festival of Dallas. - Mira Story (2014/2015, 84 min., HD), Director/Writer/Producer. Documentary feature. (in Korean w/English subtitles), Commercial release on Jan. 15, 2015; Seoul Green Film Festival. - Ari Ari the Korean Cinema (2011/2012, 83 min., HDV), Director/Writer/Producer. Documentary feature. (in Korean w/English subtitles). Commercial release on Dec. 10, 2012; Busan International Film Festival, Seoul Independent Documentary Film Festival, Korean Film Festival in Bhutan; Paris Korean Film Festival Short Films - The Secret of Hanji Craft (2014/2015, 10 min., HD), Producer/Director. Short film. (in Korean w/English-French subtitles), New FIFMA programme at Empreintes, France, Sep. 12 - Dec. 31, 2017; Singuliers Objets, Plessis Robinson, France, Dec. 09 - 10, 2017; Festival de Metiers d'art, Deauville, France, July 14-17, 2017; Revelation International Fine Craft & Creation Biennial 2017, Paris, France, May 2017. - Kismet (2013, 30 min., HD), Producer/Director. (in Korean w/Turkish subtitles), Istanbul-Gyeongju World Culture Expo 2013, Istanbul, Turkey. August 31-September 22, 2013. - Constancy and Change in Korean Craft Arts (2013, 60 min., HD), Producer/Director. (in Korean w/English subtitles), Hidden Match ― An Exhibition of Korean Craft, National Museum in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. November 24 - December 23, 2013; Taiwan International Cultural and Creative Industry Expo, Taipei, Taiwan. November 21-24, 2013; Milan Design Week, the Triennale Design Museum, Milano, Italy. April 9 - 14, 2013. - 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), National broadcast on PBS in the United States, 1996. Distributed nationwide in America by UC Berkeley Center for Media and Independent Learning, 1998-2003; Rochester International Film Festival; Sinking Creek Film Festival; VideoScape Asian American Video Showcase; Busan Universiade for Digital Contents; Williams College; UC Davis Asian Pacific Film Fest; Korean American Film Festivals in San Francisco, Chicago, & NYC.
Asst Prof Corinne TanLaw & Technology; Internet & Platform Governance; Media Law; Intellectual Property Law; Ethics in Artificial Intelligence (AI); and Commercial Law.
Dr Daniel Siew Hoi KokDaniel has spoken in the International Military Testing Association (IMTA) conference, international conference on Researching for Work and Learning (RWL) and the Adult Learning Symposium (ALS). His research interests include: 1. Leadership and leadership development 2. Professional learning and development 3. Adult learning, development and performance 4. Human resource consulting
Asst Prof Duffy Andrew MichaelJournalism in Singapore Cross-cultural journalism education Online journalism education
Dr Edmund Lee Wei JianPublic health communication; Big data analytics; Organizational communication; Media effects
Assoc Prof Edson C Tandoc Jr.media gatekeeping, journalism studies, web analytics, social media, fake news
Dr Ella RaidelExperimental Cinema, Sinophone Cinema, Contemporary Aesthetics, Contemporary Art, Interdisciplinary Research Urban Studies
Asst Prof Els Van DongenResearch Areas Chinese intellectuals Intellectual debates in reform China (post-1978) Conceptual history and knowledge circulation Twentieth-century Chinese historiography Intellectual history of modern China Chinese diaspora and migration Diaspora policies and nationalism Education of returned overseas Chinese during the Cold War Universities for Chinese overseas in the PRC during the reform period (post-1978) For my publications, see: http://nanyang.academia.edu/ElsvanDongen Teaching Areas HH1003 Asia-Pacific in Global History: From 1800 HH3001 Historiography: Theory and Methods HH3003 Migration and Diaspora: Chinese Experiences in Comparative Perspective HH3015 In the Name of the Nation?: Nationalism in Asia HH3021 Traitors, TV Stars, and Taboos: Representing History in Contemporary China HH4012 Intellectual History of Modern China HH7090 Special Topics in History: Global Asia