Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Asst Prof Edmund Lee Wei Jian

Assistant Professor, Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information

Email: edmundlee@ntu.edu.sg
Asst Prof Edmund Lee Wei Jian

Biography
Dr. Edmund W. J. Lee is an Assistant Professor at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Dr. Lee received his PhD from the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information at NTU in 2018. He was a recipient of the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (HASS) International Postdoctoral Fellowship (HIPF) administered by NTU and the Ministry of Education. Under this fellowship, Dr. Lee held a joint postdoctoral research fellow appointment at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health and Dana Farber Cancer Institute.

As a public health communication scientist, Dr Lee’s research focuses on how to take advantage of digital traces—data from social media, smartphones, wearables, and electronic health records—in an intelligent and ethical manner to understand and improve public health outcomes. He has experience in mining data from social media for cancer surveillance, developing and implementing mobile and big data solutions among low-income settings for tobacco control in Massachusetts and Texas, as well as utilizing electronic health records to predict infectious diseases in Zhejiang province in China. To date, Dr. Lee has published in several top-tier journals such as Journal of Health Communication, Health Communication, Journal of Medical Internet Research, New Media & Society, Journal of Nanoparticle Research, Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, as well as Science Communication.

Beyond his academic work, Dr Lee has strong industry ties and has collaborated with several multi-national corporations (MNCs) from U.S. and Europe, as well as small-medium enterprises (SMEs) and various government agencies in Singapore. Dr. Lee currently serves as a Global Future Council Fellow at the World Economic Forum, working with global industry thought leaders in advising the global agenda on responsible big data use. Dr. Lee’s research had won several prestigious international awards, such as the top published research paper award from the International Communication Association in 2019, as well as the McQuail Award 2018 from the Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR) for best article on advancing communication theory. For his scholarly contributions, he was conferred the title of McQuail Honorary Fellow by ASCoR in 2020.
Research Interests
Public health communication;
Digital health;
Health technology;
Big data analytics
Current Projects
  • Leveraging digital health technologies to understand the public health impact of COVID-19: Integrating data science with social science

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