Leong Chan-Hoong, PhD, is a Senior Fellow for the Social Cohesion Research Programme at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Prior to this, he has held leadership positions in various academic institutions including the Singapore University of Social Sciences, Institute of Policy Studies/National University of Singapore, and most recently a global commercial advisory firm (Verian, formerly Kantar Public). He read a PhD (Psychology) from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand (2006), and M.Sc.'s on Statistics (2011) and Applied Geographic Information Systems (2019) from the NUS. His research focuses on immigration, inter-racial relations, national narratives, and human-environment interactions.

Chan-Hoong sits on the International Advisory Board of the Centre for Applied Cross-cultural Research at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. He is a Fellow and elected board member (2019-2023) of the International Academy for Intercultural Research (IAIR), where he chairs the Rae and Dan Landis Outstanding PhD Dissertation Award Committee (2019 - present).  He has served as Consulting Editor for the International Journal of Intercultural Relations (IJIR 2013-15) and Asian Journal of Social Psychology (2018 - now), and Guest Editor for the IJIR 2013 and 2019 Special Issues “Multiculturalism: Beyond Ethnocultural Diversity & Contestations” and "Viewing intercultural adaptation & social inclusion through constructs of national identity", respectively.  According to a bibliometric analysis published by IJIR in May 2023, Chan-Hoong is listed as one of the most prolific and established authors for research in acculturation and intercultural relations  (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijintrel.2023.101785).    

An advocate for intercultural engagement, he serves as a Council member at the National Integration Council in the Ministry of Culture, Community, and Youth, and in the Community Advisory Panel at the Ministry of National DevelopmentChan-Hoong has consulted widely for various government agencies (e.g., defence, education, population), statutory boards (e.g., People’s Association), and international organisations including the Israel Science Foundation and Konrad Adenauer Stiftung.  He is also the Singapore National Representative for the World Association for Public Opinion Research (WAPOR), where he chairs the Janet A Harkness Best Paper Award committee.  

Chan-Hoong was a member of the Programme Advisory Committee (2022-2023) for Singapore University of Social Sciences' Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Social Sciences degrees

Recent Publications

Recent Journal Article - 

Komisarof, A., Leong, C.H., & Lim, T. (2023). Constructions of Japanese national identity: Host views using a social marker of acceptance framework. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 94.   https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijintrel.2023.101806 

Recent Book Chapter -

Leong, C.H. (2024). Insights: The Unbearable Lightness of "Othering". In Leong, C.H., Lim, C., & Huang, H.Y. (ed.), Confident Identities, Connected Communities, pp. 251-260. Singapore: World Scientific. https://doi.org/10.1142/9789811285387_0023 

Recent Commentary - 

In a changing geopolitical landscape, where does Singapore stand in 2024 and beyond? Today, 2 January 2024 


Singapore is not China, and the problem with equating race with allegiance, The Straits Times, 6 February 2024