Education

  • M.Sc. (Applied GIS), National University of Singapore, Singapore (2019)

  • M.Sc. (Statistics), National University of Singapore, Singapore (2011)

  • Ph.D. (Psychology), Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand (2006)

  • M.A. (Psychology), University of Queensland, Australia (2001)

  • B. Soc. Sci. (Psychology, Hons.), National University of Singapore, Singapore (1997)

Awards & Scholarship

  • Best Poster Award (Application in Substantive Issues), “Using spatial big data to unpack neighbourhood effects on social wellbeing”, BigSurv (Big Data Meets Survey Science) Conference (2020). Sponsored by European Survey Research Association, Statistics Netherland, Utrecht University, and RTI International (US)

  • Dan and Rae Landis Outstanding Dissertation, 1st Runners-Up Award, International Academy for Intercultural Research (2007)

  • PhD Scholarship, School of Psychology, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand (2002 to 2004)

  • Joseph Samuel Beaglehole Trust Foundation Travel Award (2003). Awarded by Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.

Employment

  • 2022 Febnow: Head of Policy Development, Evaluation, and Data Analytics, Kantar Public

  • 2019 Oct – 2022 Feb: Associate Professor, Centre for Applied Research, Singapore University of Social Sciences

  • 2009 Feb – 2019 Oct: Senior Research Fellow & Head, Social Lab (till April 2019), Institute of Policy Studies, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore

  • 2007 Oct – 2009 Jan: Head of Psychology Programme, SIM University (renamed as Singapore University of Social Sciences in 2017)

  • 2006 Jan – 2007 Oct: Post-doctoral Fellow, Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore

Professional Membership

  • National Representative (Singapore), World Association for Public Opinion Research (WAPOR) (2019 – present)

  • Elected Board Member, Intercultural Academy for Intercultural Research (2019 - present)

  • Fellow, Intercultural Academy for Intercultural Research (2018 - present)

  • Chair, Rae and Dan Landis Outstanding Dissertation Award committee, International Academy for Intercultural Research (2018 - present)

  • Singapore Psychological Society (2006 – present)

  • New Zealand Psychological Society (2006 – present)

Consultancy – Government & Public Policy

  • Panel Member, Community Advisory Panel, Ministry of National Development (2022 - now)

  • Council Member, National Integration Council, Ministry of Culture, Community & Youth (2022 - now)

  • Panel Member, Ministry of Culture, Community & Youth, National Integration Workgroup on Community (2016 - 2021)

  • Advisory Panel, Ministry of Culture, Community & Youth, Youth Conversation (2018 - 2019)

  • Advocacy and Research Panel, National Council of Social Service (2014-2016)

  • Expert Mentor, Ministry of Education Gifted Education Branch, Humanities and Social Sciences Research Programme (2015)

  • Vice-Chairman, Ministry of Community Development, Youth, & Sports, REACH Policy Study Workgroup (Integration) (2010)