SOON, Carol 孙婉婷 |

SOON, Carol 孙婉婷

Carol Soon 孙婉婷

Senior Research Fellow

Carol Soon 孙婉婷
Contact Details

DID: +65 6516 8372
Fax: +65 6763 2877 

Office Location

1C Cluny Road House 5
Singapore 259599


Dr Carol Soon is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Policy Studies where she leads the Arts, Culture and Media research cluster. She has a PhD in Communications and New Media from the National University of Singapore. Her research interests are in media regulation, digital inclusion, new media and activism, public engagement, and Singapore as a digital village. Carol led the study on media and Internet use during Singapore’s General Election 2015. She has published her research in books and peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, Asian Journal of Communication and Journal of Information Technology and Politics. One of her current projects is on digital inclusion and children from different household types, funded by the Ministry of Social and Family Development.

Carol is also Associate Director of the Asia Journalism Fellowship which is supported by Temasek Foundation International. She convened the Asia Journalism Forum on “Reporting Facts and the Future of Journalism” in 2017. She is a member of Singapore’s Media Literacy Council and the Singapore Press Holdings Chinese Media Resource Panel. She is also currently teaching a course on public policy, public opinion and new media at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.

In 2015, Carol received the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy Research Excellence Award. She was also a recipient of the Australian Endeavour Award in 2012. Her paper on political blogging in Singapore won the Best Paper Award at the Conference for E-Democracy and Open Government in 2013. Prior to joining academia, she worked in the corporate sector where she developed communication campaigns for profit and non-profit organisations.

Research Interests

New media and activism; online collectives; digital engagement; Singapore as a digital village; message design and attitude change; social media and politics; digital technologies; advocacy and surveillance



Conference Participation and Presentations/Speeches

  • Presenter, “Social media: Changing landscapes of e-democracy”, at the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Media Programme Asia Asian  Conference for Political Communication, Singapore, 4 September 2017.
  • Presenter, “Survey and offline sensing”, at the Digital Frontiers Seminar Series: Man and Machine (2) – Online and Offline Sensing of Public Sentiments on National Day Rally 2016.
  • Invited Keynote Speaker, “Communication and engagement in the age of new media”, at a conference organised by Step Up International, Manila, 3 September 2016.
  • Chair and Panel Organiser, “Transforming communicative power through evolving electorates, technologies, communication and public opinion”, at the International Communication Association Conference, Fukuoka, 9–13 June 2016.
  • Speaker, “Digital village: Going beyond Smart Nation”, at Conference for E-Democracy and Open Government, Krems (Austria), 9–13 May 2016.

Courses taught

  • New media and politics, University Scholars Programme, National University of Singapore.
  • Media, public opinion and public policy, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore.
  • New media and policy communication, as part of the Public Sector Leadership and Management for Indian Revenue Service Officers, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore, 1 April 2016.


  • Research Excellence Award (2015). Awarded by Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.
  • Top Peer-Reviewed Paper (2013). Awarded by Conference for E-Democracy and Open Government, Krems (Austria), 22–25 May 2013.
  • Australian Endeavour Research Fellowship (2012). Awarded by the Australian Government, hosted by Asia Research Centre, Murdoch University, August–December 2012.
  • Graduate Students’ Teach Award (2011). Awarded by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, National University of Singapore.
  • Best Teaching Scholar (2010). Awarded by the Communications and New Media Programme, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, National University of Singapore.


  • Associate Director, Asia Journalism Fellowship
  • Member, Singapore Press Holdings Chinese Media Group Resource Panel
  • Member, Media Literacy Council
  • Associate Editor, Media Asia Journal  
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