IPS Social Lab

The Social Lab is an independent centre for social indicators research at IPS. It was established in November 2013. The centre conducts research on social perceptions, attitudes and behaviours in Singapore using the most robust standards in survey methodology and statistical analyses. Researchers also collect and analyse panel data to complement cross-sectional and time-series data.

The changing social landscape of Singapore means we need reliable data and high-quality analysis to track and evaluate shifts in demographic trends and adaptive processes. Insights gained through objective social science research can enhance our understanding of social attitudes and resilience, and knowledge of emerging socio-economic challenges confronting Singapore. As the sense-making arm of IPS, Social Lab seeks to work closely with researchers from government and academia to support informed decision-making and policy formulation for a new multicultural setting. Its long-term aim is to be a national resource centre for longitudinal data.

Social Lab is headed by IPS Senior Research Fellow Dr Leong Chan-Hoong and Adjunct Senior Research Fellow Mr Freddy Hong. Its Academic Adviser is Associate Professor Tan Ern Ser from the Department of Sociology, National University of Singapore.

People

Research

Dr Tan Ern Ser
Associate Professor

Dr Leong Chan-Hoong
Senior Research Fellow

Dr Natalie Pang
Senior Research Fellow

Freddy Hong
Adjunct Senior Research Fellow

Paveena Seah
Senior Research Analyst

Varian Lim
Research Analyst

Eugene Teng
Research Analyst

Operations

Tan Gek Jee
Associate Director (Operations)

Tang Hwee Noy
Manager

Ron Toh
Executive

Er Kea Wee
Project Associate

Zulkarnaen bin Zainol
Project Associate

Oh Zi Qi
Management Assistant Officer

Administration

Yvonne Loh
Associate Director (Strategic Planning and Corporate Services)

Christopher Lim
Executive

Michelle Teo
Specialist Associate

Research

Ongoing

  • Singapore Panel Study on Social Dynamics
  • Youth Study on Transitions and Evolving Pathways in Singapore (Youth STEPS)
  • The Makan Index: A Survey of Hawker Food Prices
  • Study on Perceptions of Singapore’s Built Heritage and Landmarks 
  • State of the Overseas Singaporeans Study

Completed

  • Survey on Social Values and Governance
  • Study on Perceptions of Singapore’s History
  • Applied Study in Polytechnics and Institute of Technical Education Review Survey
  • Report on Singaporeans’ Attitudes to National Service

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