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Transforming industries and workplaces in an era of climate change

11th February, 2020|

Transforming industries and workplaces in an era of climate change By Brigid Trenerry and Julienne Chen 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

What do Singaporeans want from Driverless Mobility?

6th February, 2020|

What do Singaporeans want from Driverless Mobility? By Samuel Chng 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 such as in the Netherlands, United States, United Kingdom, Sweden, Germany, Japan and Singapore. 

Under the ban of e-scooters

17th December, 2019|

Under the ban of e-scooters By Samuel Chng On 13 December, I was invited to join Channel News Asia on their podcast series ‘Heart of the Matter,’ hosted by Jaime Ho to discuss the new rules and policy for electric scooters together with Nominated Member of Parliament Walter Theseira from the Singapore University of

GitHub as a mechanism for public participation?

7th May, 2019|

GitHub as a mechanism for public participation? By Julienne Chen 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. Maptionnaire (www.maptionnaire.com) is just one of many online engagement platforms that provide

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|

The Unmet Potential of Singapore’s Common Spaces By Julienne Chen and Cheryl Low 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

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.

Innovation in Cities: the paradoxical search for urban innovation data in an innovation rich urban setting

12th December, 2017|

If cities are at the center of so much innovation, as is commonly argued, do we adequately understand innovative processes and innovative outcomes at the city level? Moreover, are cities tracking the innovative activities occurring in their midst? Could the goals of supporting innovation be better realized if innovative activity was better understood at an urban scale?