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COVID-19 and the Future of Work

8th May, 2020|

We are currently in the midst of an accelerated race towards the “Future of Work,” fueled by the growth of digitalization and automation. In this post, we explore what new work arrangements due to the COVID-19 pandemic have shown about the possible futures of work.

Transforming industries and workplaces in an era of climate change

11th February, 2020|

At the end of 2019, many predictions were made about the key trends that would shape business in the next decade. Almost all of the predictions include new technologies and online platforms: 5G, artificial intelligence, e-commerce and digital currencies to name a few. But there is another disruptive force that is frequently mentioned alongside technology: climate change.

What do Singaporeans want from Driverless Mobility?

6th February, 2020|

The deployment of Autonomous Vehicles (AVs) in cities is an exciting development and we currently see them being tested in a growing number of trials in many cities around the world. In this post, we share some preliminary findings from a Driverless Mobility Dialogue hosted by the Centre and the Sustainable Urban Mobility Research Laboratory at SUTD.

Under the ban of e-scooters

17th December, 2019|

Dr. Sam Chng explores the new rules and policy for electric scooter on Channel News Asia's podcast series ‘Heart of the Matter.'

GitHub as a mechanism for public participation?

7th May, 2019|

Digital participation has become a hot topic in recent years, whereby traditional methods of gathering feedback from the public – Town Halls, workshops and meetings – are increasingly being augmented by online tools. In this blog post we explore the potential for existing digital collaboration platforms such as GitHub to support participatory planning.

Towards more participatory governance in Singapore

27th December, 2018|

Towards more participatory governance in Singapore By Hoa Nguyen and Julienne Chen Since the early days of independence, the Singapore government has tried and tested various modes of engagement with its constituents. Many of the earlier iterations of engagement consisted of campaigns to communicate policies and national development goals; however, with time, these methods of engagement

Food waste management in Singapore: envisioning the possibilities of a Zero Waste Nation

17th August, 2018|

Food waste management in Singapore: envisioning the possibilities of a Zero Waste Nation By Cheryl Low and Julienne Chen Global food waste is a complex problem that threatens food security and environmental sustainability. It points towards massive inefficiencies and severe mismanagement of resources in the global food network. According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation

Humanising the Smart City: Democratise Understanding Through Smart City Icons Design

3rd August, 2018|

Humanising the Smart City Democratise Understanding Through Smart City Icons Design Smart cities can bring benefits to many. But yet more than half of the population in major Asia-Pacific cities find it difficult to identify the value of smart city initiatives. Many of them are also worried about technology's impact on their lives and societies.

The Unmet Potential of Singapore’s Common Spaces

13th June, 2018|

Singapore’s route to urban transformation is often narrated as a success story that gave rise to a sleek cityscape of modern skyscrapers, preserved shophouses and iconic public housing estates. What used to be a society housed primarily in low-density village-like ‘kampungs’ in the pre-independence era was quickly transformed into dense residential high rises where roughly 80% of the population now lives. In doing so, the Housing Development Board (HDB) tried to balance the need for density and land optimization with maintaining the close-knit bonds and communities common in the kampungs.

Innovation, Government and the Concept of Novelty

22nd February, 2018|

Towards a research agenda on what innovation in government consists of, how the current focus on innovation may be changing the public sector service delivery function, and the extent to which it is a distinct phenomenon as opposed to previous cycles of governmental reform efforts.