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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.

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?

What is Government Innovation? Towards a Structured Typology

9th October, 2017|

In recent years, we have seen a growth in popular discourse about the importance of the "city as the future." Within the context of the increasing importance of the city as a unit, there has also been a corresponding emphasis on the need for city government to “innovate” their policies, services and practices. This post explores a typology of government innovation help to bring clarity to these emerging practices.

How should we refer to people who are aged 65 years or over?

21st September, 2017|

How should we refer to people who are aged 65 years or over? This is a question others (Firor, 2016: Graham, 2012; Jaffe, 2016) are pondering and perhaps one that needs further attention in Singapore. There are a number of reasons why we may need to reflect on how we refer to people aged 65

33 Years of National Day Songs and Digital Humanities

7th August, 2017|

In Living Digital 2040: Future of Work, Education and Healthcare, we pointed out the possibilities of using digital technologies to broaden appreciation of the arts. In honour of Singapore’s National Day, we decided to see how existing online analytics tools could help to understand the evolving nature of the National Day songs.