Research Fellow

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

Contact

64994053

samuel_chng@sutd.edu.sg

Biography

Samuel Chng is an applied social psychologist and behavioural scientist with a research interest in developing evidence-based sociocognitive frameworks to explain behavioural phenomenons and develop behaviour change policies and interventions. He uses a mixed-methods approach in his applied work and frequently works with multidisciplinary team with colleagues from anthropology, public policy, urban design, economics, system engineering and computer science.

Currently, he is a Research Fellow in the Chen Tianqiao Programme on Urban Innovation at the Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities where he looks at the acceptance and adoption of technological innovations in smart cities. He is also collaborating in Cooling Singapore where he studies the perception of outdoor thermal comfort and and support for urban heat island mitigation.

Samuel’s research focuses on:

  1. modelling modifiable processes and mechanism that regulate behavior patterns,
  2. developing evidence-based interventions to (i) disrupt existing behavior patterns and (ii) establish new ones,
  3. developing materials and plans to allow for sustainable implementation of such interventions.

His research is applied in following areas:

  • Organisation studies (Adoption of technology in the workplace)
  • Transportation (Travel mode choice; Adoption of Autonomous Vehicles and Mobility-as-as-Service)
  • Environmental decision-making (Cooling behaviour)

Education

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

Peer-Reviewed Publications

  • Chng, S. & Borzino, N. (In press). Predictors of Environmental Behaviour: The Role of Value Orientations, Environmental Concern and Beliefs in Singapore. Sustainable Development: Sustainability and Environmental Decision Making, Springer.
  • Chng, S., White, M., Abraham, C., & Skippon, S. (In press). To drive or not to drive? A qualitative comparison of car ownership and transport experiences in London and Singapore. Transportation Research Interdisciplinary Perspectives
  • Chatterjee, K., Chng, S., Clark, B., Davis, A., De Vos, J., Ettema, D., Handy, S., Martin, A., & Reardon, L. (In press). Commuting and Wellbeing: A Critical Overview of the Literature with Implications for Policy and Future Research. Transport Reviews. doi: 10.1080/01441647.2019.1649317
  • Chng, S., White, M., Abraham, C., & Skippon, S. (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
  • Chng, S., Abraham, C., White, M., Hoffman, C., & Skippon, S. (2018). Psychological theories of car use: An integrative review and conceptual framework. Journal of Environmental Psychology. doi: 10.1016/j.jenvp.2017.10.009
  • Chng, S. & Sani, A. S. (2017). Adolescents’ subjective appraisals: Relationships with body image and dieting attempts. International Journal of School Health, e44761. DOI: 10.5812/intjsh.44761
  • Chng, S., White, M., Abraham, C., & Skippon, S. (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, S. & Fassnacht, D. (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, S., White, M., Abraham, C., & Skippon, S. (2015). Car commute differences within urban England and Wales. Longitudinal and Life Course Studies, 6(3), 46

Research Reports

  • Poon, K. W., Chng, S., Willems, T., Haridas, G., Norhashim, N. H. B., Subhan, M. S., Gan, L. H. S., Goh, Z. A. G., Apsley, H. L., & Vinod, R. (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
  • Cheah, L., & Chng, S. (2018). Perceptions and planning for future transportation technologies. Report for the Public Transport Council.

Conference Presentations

  • Chng, S. (2019). Human-robot collaboration. Port Security and Modernisation, Singapore.
  • Chng, S. & Cheah, L. (2019). Public acceptance of autonomous road public transport in Singapore. Paper presented at 26th ITS World Congress, Singapore.
  • Trenerry, B., Haridas, G., Chng, S., Shah, S. Z., Oh, P. H., Yang, W., & Lim, S. S. (2019). The gender implications of the future of work in Singapore. Gender Summit 16, Singapore
  • Chng, S. & Gan, S. (2019). Individuals in Smart Cities: Understanding how individuals perceive and react to technological introductions. Paper presented at the 13th Biennial Asian Association of Social Psychology.
  • Chng, S. (2019). Industry partnerships for advancing electric vehicle infrastructure in Asia. Electric Vehicles Asia 2019, Singapore.
  • Haridas, G., & Chng, S. (2018) Understanding Digital Health in Smart Singapore. Paper presented at Society for Social Studies of Science Annual Conference, Sydney, Australia.
  • Chng, S. (2018). 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, S., Haridas, G., & Willems, T. (2018). 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, S., Poon, K. W., Horhashim, N. H. B., Haridas, G., & Willems, T. (2018). Understanding the employees’ perception of new technologies during digital transformation: A pilot study. Paper presented at the Singapore Congress on Applied Psychology, Singapore.
  • Chng, S. (2018). The psychology of sustainable transport decisions: Car use, car purchase and beyond. Paper presented at The Psychology of Sustainable Consumption, Philadelphia, USA.
  • Chng, S. (2017). Towards a unified framework of adoption of healthcare technologies. Poster presented at the Future Health 2017: Innovations Transforming Healthcare, Singapore.
  • Willems, T., Chng, S., Haridas, G., & Poon K. W. (2017). 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, S. (2017). 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
  • Chng, S., Abraham, C., White, M., & Skippon, S. (2016). Applying psychological theories to sustainable transportation: A review of its use. Poster presented at the British Environmental Psychology Conference 2016, Surrey, UK
  • Chng, S., Abraham, C., White, M., & Skippon, S. (2016). Transport decisions in Singapore and London: Exploring socioeconomic and environmental differences. Poster presented at the British Psychological Society, Social Psychology Section Annual Conference, Cardiff, UK 
  • Chng, S., Abraham, C., White, M., & Skippon, S. (2016). How much do psychological theories explain car use? Poster presented at the British Psychological Society, Social Psychology Section Annual Conference, Cardiff, UK
  • Chng, S. (2016). Exploring the relationships between adolescent self-appraisals and body image and dieting. Poster presented at the British Psychological Society, Social Psychology Section Annual Conference, Cardiff, UK
  • Chng, S., Abraham, C., White, M., & Skippon, S. (2016). Is happier commuting in cities possible? Insights from Singapore and London. Paper presented at the Singapore Congress of Applied Psychology 2016, Singapore 
  • Chng, S., Abraham, C., White, M., & Skippon, S. (2016). From driving to public transport: The case of UK and Singapore. Paper presented at the Malaysia-Singapore Research Conference 2016, Cambridge, UK 
  • Chng, S., Abraham, C., Hoffmann, C., White, M., & Skippon, S. (2016). Urban travel mode choices and wellbeing: Insights through a psychological lens. Poster presented at 13th International Conference on Urban Health, San Francisco
  • Chng, S., White, M., Abraham, C., & Skippon, S. (2016). Determinants and effects of travel mode choices in urban spaces: The case of London. Paper presented at Association of American Geographer 2016 Annual Meeting, San Francisco
  • Fassnacht, D., & Chng, S. (2015). Parental comments and their influence on body dissatisfaction and disordered eating. Paper presented at European Council on Eating Disorders 2015 Meeting, Heidelberg, Germany 
  • Chng, S., Abraham, C., & White, M. (2015). Commuting and psychological wellbeing in London: To walk or drive?. Paper presented at European Health Psychology Society Conference 2015, Limassol, Cyprus
  • Chng, S., Abraham, C., & White, M. (2015). Does driving to work in London affect psychological wellbeing? Poster presented at 11th Biennial Conference on Environmental, Groningen, Netherlands
  • Chng, S., White, M., Abraham, C., & Skippon, S. (2015). Car commute differences within urban England and Wales. Poster presented at Understanding Society Scientific Conference 2015, Essex, UK
  • Chng, C. W. S., & Fassnacht, B. D. (2014). An exploratory study of the associations between parental comments and body shape and disordered eating in young adults. Paper presented at Asian Congress of Applied Psychology 2014, Singapore 
  • Chng, C. W. S. , & Fassnacht, B. D. (2013). Parental comments: Relationship with gender, body dissatisfaction and disordered eating. Paper presented at the 2nd Asia Pacific Behavioural and Addiction Medicine Conference, Singapore
  • Chng, C. W. S. , & Fassnacht, B. D. (2013). Parental influences on young adult body dissatisfaction and disordered eating: The role of gender. Paper presented at the International Conference On Managing The Asian Century 2013, Singapore
  • Ndukwe, N., Chng, C. W. S., & Chua, J. R. (2012). Perceptions of research activity among clinical psychologist in Singapore: An exploratory study. Paper presented at Hong Kong International Conference on Education, Psychology and Society 2012, Hong Kong.