IPS Update Issue Sep 2017


In the Spotlight


Singapore Panel Study on Social Dynamics – Findings

How do family relations, social values, and attitudes relevant to national identity change over time? Since 2015, IPS Social Lab has been conducting a longitudinal study of up to 5,000 Singaporean households to measure these social dynamics. Check out the findings that we have just released from Wave 1 of the study.



IPS Social Lab Study on Built Heritage

How do Singaporeans’ perceptions of built heritage influence their sense of national identity, national pride, and personal well-being? Join IPS Social Lab’s focus group discussions and share your views with us. Findings from this study will be important in informing the planning and implementation of heritage conservation policies.





Our shrinking political blogging scene (IPS Commons)
By Siti Nadzirah Samsudin

Slightly more than a third of the more than 200 blogs that IPS tracked during GE2015 have gone inactive. IPS Research Assistant Siti Nadzirah Samsudin stresses that political blogging remains important. “A rigorous contestation of ideas and values could ideally bring forth innovative policy ideas, and socialise more Singaporeans to engage in political discourse that is fact-based, issue-oriented and mutually respectful.”

Singapore’s lessons on affirmative action (Foreign Affairs)
By Mathew Mathews

IPS Senior Research Fellow Mathew Mathews notes that pluralistic societies can ensure minority representation without compromising on meritocracy. “In addition to allowing the talented to succeed, the Singaporean government accepts that it is responsible for the maintenance of a diverse society and designs policy to maintain peaceful coexistence between the country’s racial groups.”

Shuffles towards Singapore’s 4th Prime Minister (The Straits Times)
By Gillian Koh

A Cabinet reshuffle was announced by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on 5 September. IPS Deputy Director (Research) Dr Gillian Koh notes that it is timely for Singaporeans to reflect on the qualities they hope to see in our future leaders. “We have that further responsibility of seeking to grasp what our national interests are before we judge who best represents those and who we can have confidence in.”

More Singaporeans going abroad, but are no less Singaporean for it
(Channel NewsAsia)

By Leong Chan-Hoong

Are Singaporeans who go overseas less “Singaporean” than those who stay? This is not quite the case, says Head of IPS Social Lab Dr Leong Chan-Hoong. However, he cautions, “as Singaporeans at home become more diverse, and the Singaporean diaspora continues to grow, we will need to focus on strengthening our national identity.”

Concerns about parents hot-housing pre-schoolers (The Straits Times)
By Mathew Mathews and Leonard Lim

In light of the government’s commitment to enhance pre-school education, there are concerns that some Singaporean parents might respond by doing more to ensure their children remain competitive. However, IPS Senior Research Fellow Dr Mathews Mathew and Research Associate Leonard Lim suggest that such efforts are unlikely to make much difference to children’s performance.




4th IPS-Nathan Lectures Series by Lim Siong Guan

Can Singapore Fall? This is the central question posed in the 4th IPS-Nathan Lecture Series delivered by Lim Siong Guan. Watch the first lecture and accompanying question-and-answer session here.




Forum on Parents and Schooling

On 17 July 2017, IPS released a report on parents’ perceptions of the Singapore primary school system. Key topics from the report, such as the notion of “every school a good school” and “academic stress”, were distilled for further deliberation and discussed at this forum. Watch the proceedings of the forum here on our YouTube page.



Asia Journalism Forum 2017

The Asia Journalism Fellowship (AJF) is a premier mid-career programme for outstanding media professionals. As part of the Fellowship programme, the AJF Forum was held from 17–18 August 2017, based on the theme “Reporting Facts and the Future of Journalism”. Watch the full forum here.



IPS CA Lunch on Doing Business in India

India is one of the world’s fastest growing economies. In recent years, under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government, the country has seen a slew of economic initiatives and reforms, including the introduction of its Goods and Services Tax. IPS held a lunch dialogue to discuss how businesses in Singapore can capitalise on these developments.


IPS in the News

IPS Researchers commented on the evolving concept of race in Singapore and Singaporean millennials.
To read their comments, click here

For media coverage of IPS seminars and lectures, click here


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