about

rsz_13735128_10154073092183113_2807419811697293251_oI am currently Postdoctoral Fellow in Urban Studies at Yale-NUS College. I completed my DPhil at the School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford, as a recipient of the Oxford Clarendon Fund and St Peter’s Diggle Scholarship. I received my Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours, 1st class) with a major in Geography and minor in Gender Studies in 2010, and my Master of Social Sciences in 2012, from the National University of Singapore.

My research interests cut across global education, mobilities, and youth citizenship. My theoretical imagination is largely oriented by cultural (re)production, biopolitical governmentality, practice theories, and everyday life. The formation of subjectivities, and the ways in which they are negotiated through power structures of gender, class, and other axes of difference, has been a key agenda on my research inquiry. Both my past and current projects focus on Singapore as a lens to examine transnational marriage and familyhood, student migration and identities, and more recently, education and youth citizenship. Presently, I am interested in how youth practices serve as a potential site for theorising social reproduction and transformation in everyday spaces. Although my work is largely conducted in Singapore, my intellectual outlook is regional and international given the literatures that I engage with. In terms of research practices, I am particularly keen on critical methodologies and the use of qualitative ethnographic methods as a central tool for interpreting social life.

My current research examines educational change, citizenship,  and youth urbanisms in Asian cities. This unfolds through ongoing projects on (i) liberal arts experiments in Asia and youth citizenship, (ii) young people’s temporary work across Asian cities, and (iii) studentification and off-campus housing in Singapore.

At Yale-NUS College, I teach in the courses ‘Youth Urbanisms’, ‘Introduction to Urban Studies’, and ‘Methods in Social Sciences’. I am also an Associate with the Migration Cluster, Asia Research Institute, NUS (2017-2019).

Research Strands:

  • Youth urbanisms and im/mobilities
  • Higher education and youth citizenship
  • International student mobilities
  • Transnational families, marriage, and gender

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