Research Fellow

PhD in Medical Studies, University of Exeter, Medical School, UK


Social and Environmental Psychology




Samuel Chng is a Research Fellow and heads the Urban Psychology Lab in the Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities at the Singapore University of Technology and Design. He is an applied social psychologist and his research focuses on human behaviour and decisions in cities across a range of areas including mobility, sustainability and wellbeing (human adaptability and resilience). His work is multidisciplinary and applied in nature, focusing on delivering practical and policy impacts.


  • PhD in Medical Studies, University of Exeter, Medical School, UK (2017)
  • Bachelor of Psychology (Hons),  James Cook University, Australia (2013)


  • Chng, Samuel., Lu, Han Yu., Kumar, Ayush., & Yau, David. (2022). Identifying Hackers and Revealing Their Motivations: A Longitudinal Review over Three Decades. Computers in Human Behavior Reports, 100167. doi: 10.1016/j.chbr.2022.100167
  • Chng, Samuel., Chew, Jocelyn. & Joireman, Jeff. (2022). When Time is of the Essence: Development and Validation of Brief Consideration of Future (and Immediate) Consequences Scales. Personality and Individual Differences, 186, 111362. doi: 10.1016/j.paid.2021.111362
  • Chng, Samuel., Anowar, Sabreena. & Cheah, Lynette. (2021). To embrace or not to embrace? Understanding public’s dilemma about autonomous mobility services: A case study of Singapore. Case Studies on Transport Policy, 9(2), 1542-1552. doi: 10.1016/j.cstp.2021.08.004
  • Bajaj, Tamanna Kaur. & Chng, Samuel. (2021). The dilemma of digitalisation: Understanding the challenges, needs and support for SME retailers in Singapore. Available at SSRN:
  • Chng, Samuel., Kong, Penny., Lim, Pei Yi., Cornet, Henriette. & Cheah, Lynette. (2021). Engaging Citizens in Driverless Mobility: Insights from a Global Dialogue for Research, Design and Policy. Transportation Research Interdisciplinary Perspectives, 100443. doi: 10.1016/j.trip.2021.100443
  • Kurniawan, Jude Herijadi., Chng, Samuel. & Cheah, Lynette. (2021). Social acceptance of autonomous vehicles. IEEE Potentials, 40(4), 39-44. doi: 10.1109/MPOT.2020.2991059
  • Chng, S. (2021). Advancing Behavioural Theories in Sustainable Transportation: A Research Agenda. Urban Science, 5(2), 43. doi: 10.3390/urbansci5020043
  • Chew, Jocelyn. & Chng, Samuel.  (2021). COVID-19 pandemic response behaviours: A Singapore experience of the “Circuit Breaker”. Translational Behavioural Medicine. ibaa135. doi: 10.1093/tbm/ibaa135
  • Trenerry, Brigid., Chng, Samuel., Yang, Wang., Shah, Suhaila Binte Zainal., Lim, Sun Sun., Lu, Han Yu., Oh, Peng Ho. (2021). Preparing workplaces for digital transformation: An integrative review and framework of multi-level factors. Frontiers in Psychology12, 822. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2021.620766
  • Chng, Samuel. & Borzino, Natalia. (2020). Predictors of Environmental Behaviour: The Role of Value Orientations, Environmental Concern and Beliefs in Singapore. In: E. Quah & R. Schubert (Eds.), Sustainability and Environmental Decision Making. Sustainable Development (pp. 1-22). Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-981-15-6093-4_14-1
  • Borzino, Natalia., Chng, Samuel., Mughal, Muhammad Omer. & Schubert, Renate. (2020). Willingness-to-Pay for Urban Heat Island Effect Mitigation in Tropical Countries: A case study of Singapore. Climate, 8(7), 8070082. doi: 10.3390/cli8070082
  • Chng, Samuel. & Cheah, Lynette. (2020). Understanding Autonomous Road Public Transport Acceptance: A Study of Singapore. Sustainability, 12(12), 4974. doi: 10.3390/su12124974
  • Chatterjee, Kiron., Chng, Samuel., Clark, Ben., Davis, Adrian., De Vos, Jonas., Ettema, Dick., Handy, Susan., Martin, Adam & Reardon, Louise. (2020). Commuting and Wellbeing: A Critical Overview of the Literature with Implications for Policy and Future Research. Transport Reviews.  doi: 10.1080/01441647.2019.1649317
  • Borzino, Natalia., Chng, Samuel., Nevat, Ido & Schubert, Renate. (2020). Willingness-to-pay and preferences for heat mitigation measures in Singapore. Singapore-ETH Centre. doi: 10.3929/ethz-b-000439152
  • Borzino, Natalia., Chng, Samuel., Chua, Rochelle., Nevat, Ido & Schubert, Renate. (2020). Outdoor Thermal Comfort and Cognitive Performance of Older Adults in Singapore: A field quasi-experiment. Singapore-ETH Centre (SEC). doi: 10.3929/ethz-b-000432015
  • Cheah, Lynette., Blessing, Lucienne., Chng, Samuel., Kurniawan, Jude Herijadi & Miller, Kristine. (2020). Designing for adoption of autonomous mobility services. Report for Daimler.
  • Chng, Samuel., White, Mathew., Abraham, Charles., & Skippon, Stephen. (2019). To drive or not to drive? A qualitative comparison of car ownership and transport experiences in London and Singapore. Transportation Research Interdisciplinary Perspectives, 100030. doi: 10.1016/j.trip.2019.100030
  • Chng, Samuel., White, Mathew., Abraham, Charles., & Skippon, Stephen. (2019). Consideration of environmental factors in reflections on car purchases: Attitudinal, behavioural and socio-demographic predictors among a large UK sample. Journal of Cleaner Production, 230, 927-936. doi: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2019.05.179
  • Poon, King Wang., Chng, Samuel., Willems, Thijs., Haridas, Gayathri., Norhashim, Norakmal Hakim Bin., Subhan, Mohamed Salihin., Gan, Sarah., Goh, Galvyn., Apsley, Holly & Vinod, Radha. (2019). Polarising of job opportunities – Charting new pathways and adopting new technologies. Singapore: Ong Teng Cheong Labour Leadership Institute, National Trades Union Congress. ISBN: 978-981-14-0858-8
  • Chng, Samuel., Abraham, Charles., White, Mathew P., Hoffmann, Christin & Skippon, Stephen. (2018). Psychological theories of car use: An integrative review and conceptual framework. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 55, 23-33. doi: 10.1016/j.jenvp.2017.10.009
  • Cheah, Lynette., & Chng, Samuel. (2018). Perceptions and planning for future transportation technologies. Report for the Public Transport Council.
  • Chng, Samuel. & Sania, Sadiq. (2017). Adolescents’ subjective appraisals: Relationships with body image and dieting attempts. International Journal of School Health, e44761. doi: 10.5812/intjsh.44761
  • Chng, Samuel. (2017). Commute Decisions: The Role of Urban Density, Travel Distance and Public Transport Accessibility. Available at SSRN. doi: 10.2139/ssrn.3599960
  • Chng, Samuel., White, Matthew., Abraham, Charles., & Skippon, Stephen. (2016). Commuting and wellbeing in London: The roles of commute mode and local public transport connectivity. Preventive Medicine, 88, 182-188. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2016.04.014
  • Chng, Samuel. & Fassnacht, Daniel. (2016). Parental comments: Relationships with gender, body dissatisfaction, and disordered eating in Asian young adults. Body Image, 16, 93-99. doi: 10.1016/j.bodyim.2015.12.001
  • Chng, Samuel., White, Matthew., Abraham, Charles., & Skippon, Stephen. (2015). Car commute differences within urban England and Wales. Longitudinal and Life Course Studies, 6(3), 46
  • Chng, Samuel. & Fassnacht, Daniel. (2013). Parental influences on young adult body dissatisfaction and disordered eating: The role of gender. Proceedings of the International Conference on Managing the Asian Century. doi: 10.1007/978-981-4560-61-0_34
  • Chng, Samuel., White, Matthew., Abraham, Charles., & Skippon, Stephen. (2015). Car commute differences within urban England and Wales. Longitudinal and Life Course Studies, 6(3), 46

Conference Presentations/Proceedings

  • Bala, Haimanti., Anowar, Sabreena. & Chng, Samuel. (2022, Jan). Enthusiasts to Pessimists: Profiling Potential Autonomous Transit Users in Singapore. Paper presented at the 101st Transport Research Board Annual Meeting.
  • Chng, Samuel. (2021). Environmental considerations in car purchases. Tackling the climate crisis: A data dive, organised by Understanding Society, the UK Data Service and The Young Foundation. (Invited Speaker)
  • Chng, Samuel. & Hou, Yuting. (2021, July) Keeping public transport attractive in post-Covid-19 cities. Paper presented at the 53rd Annual University Transport Study Group Conference.
  • Chng, Samuel. & Borzino, Natalia. (2021, July). Relationships between environmental attitude and willingness to pay for Urban Heat Island mitigation. Paper presented at The 32th International Congress of Psychology.
  • Chng, Samuel. (2021, July). How We Consider Future Consequences Affects our Optimism During Digital Transformation. Paper presented at The 32th International Congress of Psychology.
  • Yang, Wang., Chng, Samuel.,  Trenerry, Brigid., Shah, Suhaila Binte Zainal. & Lim, Sun Sun. (2021, May) Changing workplace communication with Mobile Technologies: A Case Study of Implementing a Mobile Management System in a Construction Company. Paper presented at 71st Annual International Communication Association Conference.
  • Chng, S. (2021, Apr). Building Back Better: Asian Leadership in COVID-19. Davos Dialogue, World Economic Forum, Palo Alto Shaper’s Hub. (Panellist)
  • Chng, S. (2021, Apr). Building back better: Understanding Singaporean Public Administration Best Practices in the COVID-19 Reset. Paper presented at the American Society for Public Administration 2021 Conference.
  • Nair, Sreeja., Lim, Sun Sun., Trenerry, Brigid., Chng, Samuel., and Wang, Yang. (2021, Feb). Preparing for workforce transformation in Singapore: The role of Technical and Vocational Education and Training. The Australasian Public Policy Network Conference.
  • Chng, Samuel. (2020, Sep). Understanding citizen’s aspirations for their cities’ mobility and its relationship with acceptance of autonomous vehicles: A case of Singapore. Paper presented at The 8th World Sustainability Forum.
  • Chng, Samuel. & Cheah, Lynette. (2020, Sep). The future of road public transit: Autonomous and accepted? Paper presented at The 8th World Sustainability Forum.
  • Chng, Samuel. & Cheah, Lynette. (2020, Aug). Understanding Acceptance of Autonomous Road Public Transport in Singapore. Paper presented at The Second Bridging Transportation Researchers Conference.
  • Chng, Samuel., Anowar, Sabreena & Cheah, Lynette. (2020, Jan). Preferences for Autonomous Public Transit Vehicles: Insights from A Survey and A Public Engagement Event in Singapore. 99th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board, Washington, D.C., USA.
  • Chng, Samuel. & Cheah, Lynette. (2019, Oct). Public acceptance of autonomous road public transport in Singapore. Paper presented at 26th ITS World Congress, Singapore.
  • Trenerry, Brigid., Haridas, Gayathri., Chng, Samuel., Wang, Yang & Lim, Sun Sun. (2019, Aug). The gender implications of the future of work in Singapore. Gender Summit 16, Singapore.
  • Chng, Samuel. & Gan, Sarah. (2019, Jul). Individuals in Smart Cities: Understanding how individuals perceive and react to technological introductions. Paper presented at the 13th Biennial Asian Association of Social Psychology.
  • Haridas, Gayathri., & Chng, Samuel. (2018, Sep) Understanding Digital Health in Smart Singapore. Paper presented at Society for Social Studies of Science Annual Conference, Sydney, Australia.
  • Chng, Samuel. (2018, Jun). Encouraging low-emission vehicles purchases? Understand the underlying pro-environmental attitudes, beliefs, and behaviours. Paper presented at the International Congress of Applied Psychology, Montreal, Canada.
  • Chng, Samuel., Haridas, Gayathri., & Willems, Thijs. (2018, Jun). Developing a framework of technology adoption and resistance for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Poster presented at the International Congress of Applied Psychology, Montreal, Canada.
  • Chng, Samuel., Poon, King Wang., Hakim Norhashim, Norakmal., Haridas, Gayathri & Willems, Thijs. (2018, Jun). Understanding the employees’ perception of new technologies during digital transformation: A pilot study. Paper presented at the Singapore Congress on Applied Psychology, Singapore.
  • Chng, Samuel. (2018, May). The psychology of sustainable transport decisions: Car use, car purchase and beyond. Paper presented at The Psychology of Sustainable Consumption, Philadelphia, USA.
  • Chng, Samuel. (2017, Nov). Towards a unified framework of adoption of healthcare technologies. Poster presented at the Future Health 2017: Innovations Transforming Healthcare, Singapore.
  • Willems, Thijs., Chng, Samuel., Haridas, Gayathri., & Poon, King Wang. (2017, Oct). The shifting landscape of work and organisation: Exploring power relations at work in the Digital Society. Paper presented at The Industrial Revolution 4.0: Preparing for Disruptive Technologies in 21st Century Asia, Singapore.
  • Chng, Samuel. (2017, Aug). Exploring the role of access to public transport in commute choices and wellbeing in London. Paper presented at the Commuting and Wellbeing: Academic Symposium, University of West England, Bristol, UK.
  • Trenerry, Brigid., Haridas, Gayathri., Chng, Samuel., Zainal Shah, Suhailah., Oh, Peng Ho., Wang, Yang & Lim, Sun Sun. (2019, Aug). The gender implications of the future of work in Singapore. Gender Summit 16, Singapore.