PI: Mr Poon King Wang (LKYCIC, SUTD)
Team: Dr Samuel Chng, Mr Norakmal Hakim bin Norhashim, Dr Thijs Willems, Dr Gayathri Haridas, Ms Sarah Gan Li Hui, Mr Mohamed Salihin Subhan, Mr Galvyn Goh Zi An, Ms Holly Lynn Apsley, Ms Radha Vinod (LKYCIC, SUTD)
(see also Smart Cities Lab, and Living with Technology – Future of Work, Education and Healthcare)

Future Digital Economies and Digital Societies examines the impact of digital technologies on our economies and societies. It explores the economic and social issues around the accessibility, affordability and adoption of Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) digital innovations by citizens, communities, companies, cities and countries. It will also explore the combinatorial possibilities of these 4IR technologies, so as to yield new insights into the systemic opportunities around how societies can remain inclusive in the face of digital disruption. Future Digital Economies and Digital Societies thus aims to be a guide to how we can transform ourselves in the face of digital disruption, and create the economic and social value that makes lives better for everyone.

The project builds on the insights and issues identified in the book Living Digital 2040: Future of Work, Education and Healthcare, which is based on the National Research Foundation/Ministry of National Development-funded foresight/futures project Living with Technology – Future of Work, Education and Healthcare (under the LKYCIC’s Future of Cities Programme).

The project also works with Smart Cities Lab (under the Chen Tianqiao Programme in Urban Innovation), to better understand the synergies and overlaps between smart cities, digital economies, digital societies, and the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Two major thrusts in the project are Future of Work, and Digital Society. In Future of Work, we are exploring the development of task approaches and how these can be applied to help workers, company and union leaders, and policy makers across a range of domains. These domains include lifelong learning and mastery,  people and human development, strategy and culture, and public policy and economic development. In Digital Society, we are studying the impact of technologies on identity, community, values, culture and relationships. The goal is to better understand how we can build societies (and economies) that are more inclusive, and what key socio-economic institutions need to do to help build such societies. We also explore how these institutions can innovate in their approaches that take advantage of the technologies of the 4IR.

1 April 2017


Polarising of Job Opportunities: Charting New Pathways and Adopting New Technologies – conducted in collaboration with Ong Teng Cheong Labour Leadership Institute

Digital and Smart Transformation – conducted in collaboration with a government linked entity

Tackling digital disruption: Industry transformations and workforce resilience – conducted in collaboration with CIO Academy Asia under a Social Science Research Thematic Grant

Digital Societies – conducted in collaboration with Ministry of Communications and Information (MCI)

Impact of AI on work task – conducted in collaboration France-Singapore think tank Live with AI




State of People+Digital Transformation Survey (Beta version) – conducted in collaboration with IoT Asia 2018