Research Fellow

MSc, University of Amsterdam


6499 4863


Julienne Chen is a research fellow at the Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities, where she focuses her work on urban processes and systems. She is broadly interested in how cities and neighbourhoods are planned vs how they are experienced, and more specifically, how cities can be adapted over time to meet changing needs, technologies and contexts. Currently, her research touches on topics including ground up initiatives, ageing, participatory planning and public sector transformation.

Her background is in the field of urban planning and public administration. She is experienced in applying a set of tools, including design thinking, data-driven insights, performance management and change management, to implement projects within local government. As an urban planner, Julienne has been particularly focused on applying this framework to projects related to the built and social environment.

Prior to joining the Centre, Julienne was the Deputy Director for the Los Angeles Mayor’s Innovation Team, where she led a series of projects that support inclusive neighborhood revitalization within the City of Los Angeles. In addition to her experience in local government, Julienne has worked as a consultant to leverage investments in transit and other urban infrastructure to create great places, as well as in a non-profit organization that facilitates international collaboration on the themes of housing and planning.


  • MSc, Research Master’s Degree in Metropolitan Studies, University of Amsterdam
  • BSc, Urban and Regional Studies, Cornell University


  • Chen, Julienne & Pearlyn Neo. (2019). Texting the waters: An assessment of focus groups conducted via the WhatsApp smartphone messaging application. Methodological Innovations, 12(3). DOI: org/10.1177/2059799119884276

Conference Presentations

  • Chen, Julienne and Hoa Nguyen. (2019, Apr). Co-producing urban solutions? An evaluation framework for community initiatives in Singapore. Paper presented at International Research Society for Public Management, Wellington, New Zealand
  • Chen, Julienne and Hoa Nguyen. (2018, Dec). The role of resident-led initiatives in co-creating the city. Paper presented at Great Asian Streets Symposium/Pacific Rim Community Design Network, Singapore