Ethel WEE 

Title: Senior Research Assistant

Alumni: Master of Arts in Sociology, Nanyang Technological University

Discipline/s: Sociology


Contact: 64994053


A sociologist by training, Ethel possesses a passion for addressing societal issues and driving social change. Her research interests encompass an intersectional lens, delving into gender, work and family; social inequalities and precarity; governance and citizenship. For her MA thesis, she investigated the (re)production of the gender pay gap in Singapore through the lens of gendered citizenship within the spheres of the workplace, the home and the military. She further examined and connected this case study to broader patterns of gender inequality that permeate society.

Before embarking on her academic journey, Ethel contributed her skills and insights to the field of advertising and digital marketing, specialising in account management and strategic planning. Through her own encounters and observations of workplace and societal inequalities, she was inspired to transition to a career in the social sciences with a dual focus in effecting change through: (1) conducting meaningful research work and (2) imparting knowledge and critical thinking skills to the next generation.

She is supporting Samuel and team under Urban Psychology Lab.


  • Master of Arts in Sociology, Nanyang Technological University (2023)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Magna Cum Laude) in Sociology, University at Buffalo (2013)

Conference Presentations/Proceedings

  • Wee, Ethel. (2023, May). Breaking down the gender pay gap in Singapore: A study of gendered citizenship and masculine capital [Conference session], 10th Global Social Sciences Graduate Students Hybrid Conference, Hong Kong.