Senior Research Assistant

Master of Social Sciences of the Internet, Oxford Internet Institute

Contact

64994053

catherine_chang@sutd.edu.sg

Biography

Catherine has focused on the intersections between digital technologies and everyday urbanism. Her undergraduate dissertation explored how Instagram afforded Singapore’s Ministry of National Development an innovative way of deepening Singaporeans’ attachments to their respective neighbourhoods through organised ‘Instawalks’. It was awarded a distinction and later nominated for the RGS-Urban Geography Research Group Undergraduate Dissertation Prize. Her MSc thesis, in turn, sought to re-theorise understandings of public space and publicness by exploring the emergence of a ‘kampung spirit’ centred around Pokemon Go within Singapore’s HDB estates. Beyond these, she is also interested in urban nature, nature-society interactions, and issues surrounding death in a digital age. In the near future, Catherine intends to pursue a PhD that will allow her to continue exploring her twin interests in geography and the digital. 

Catherine also has a keen interest in editorial work. She has served as both Head Editor and Creative Director of various student magazines – the most recent being Anthroposphere, a multi-disciplinary print magazine based in Oxford that covers climate change and the environment.

Education

  • Master of Social Sciences of the Internet, Oxford Internet Institute
  • BA (Hons) in Geography, University of Cambridge