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MATHEW, Mathews 马修

Mathew Mathews 马修

Senior Research Fellow

Mathew Mathews 马修
Contact Details

DID: +65 6601 1416
Fax: +65 6763 6033

Office Location

1C Cluny Road House 5
Singapore 259599


Dr Mathew Mathews is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Policy Studies. He has led or been involved in over 40 research projects examining a range of issues related to Singaporean social policy particularly as it touches on issues on  societal cohesion. His most prominent research projects have revolved around those on race, religion, immigrant integration, family, ageing and poverty.

Mathews is also interested in the impact of social programmes on societal concerns and has been involved in a number of evaluations, including longitudinal studies on the usefulness of various government initiatives. Mathews has taught various courses relating to social policy, has published in a range of academic and media outlets and has frequently appeared on panels locally and internationally. He is currently on the editorial advisory board of the Journal of Intercultural Studies and has served on various government and non-governmental boards and communities.

He is currently President of Alive Community Network and sits on the advisory boards of and Hua Mei Centre for Successful Ageing. He also is a Research Advisor to the Ministry of Social and Family Development and is part of the VWOs-Charities Capability Fund Panel and Families for Life Council.

Research Interests

Race; religion and immigrant relations; social policies on family; ageing and poverty; social service provision



Conference Participation and Presentations/Speeches

  • Invited Keynote Speaker, “Overview of Singapore families”, at Social Service Partners Conference 2015 on Supporting Families Together, Singapore, 22 May 2015.
  • Opening Presentation, “Insights from IPS survey of race, religion, and language”, at Singapore Perspectives 2014 on Differences, Singapore, 2 January 2014.
  • Presenter, “Challenges and coping of single Indians mothers — Findings from Project Athena”, at Eleventh Family Research Network (FRN) Forum on Home Alone — Life After Divorce in Singapore, Singapore, 28 April 2014.
  • Presenter, ”Indicators of racial and religious harmony”, at the Institute of Policy Forum on Indicators of Racial and Religious Harmony, Singapore, 11 September 2013.
  • Presenter, “Integration in the Singapore heartlands”, at the Institute of Policy Studies Conference on Integration, Singapore, 21 May 2012.

Courses taught

  • Social Policy and Planning, Department of Sociology, National University of Singapore.
  • Social Psychology, Department of Sociology, National University of Singapore.
  • Research Methods, Department of Sociology, National University of Singapore.
  • Making Sense of Society, Department of Sociology, National University of Singapore.


  • Friend of MSF Award (2016). Awarded by Ministry of Social and Family Development


  • Council Member, Families for Life
  • Panel Member, LTA Family Friendly Advisory Panel
  • National Education Review Committee, Ministry of Education
  • Research Advisor, Ministry of Social and Family Development
  • Member, VWOs-Charities Capability Fund Panel, National Council of Social Services
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