The Science to Building Social Resilience

Date: 22nd June, Tuesday
Time: 11am – 12pm (GMT +8) 

Organised in partnership with World Cities Summit (WCS) 2021


The ongoing challenges from the pandemic, socio-economic inequality, and climate change have underlined the importance of social resilience in urban planning and governance. Social infrastructure, trust, and social capital, are key to building resilient and cohesive societies. Such societies are better able to withstand, recover and grow from stressors and shocks, and undertake consistent efforts to strengthen different segments of the community. The speakers will share and discuss the application of social science research and methods to help city leaders and decision-makers better understand and manage diverse societies, and develop targeted actions for building social resilience.

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About the Speakers


Dr Jonas Joerin

Dr Jonas Joerin
Co-Director, Future Resilient Systems, Singapore-ETH Centre

Jonas completed his BSc degree in Geography from the University of Zurich, Switzerland, and his MA in Environmental Impact Assessment and Management from the University of Manchester, UK. He obtained his PhD degree from Kyoto University, Japan, on a dissertation entitled “Enhancing climate-related disaster resilience of urban communities in Chennai, India”.

His research interest is to better understand human-environmental processes in the context of disasters. He enjoys engaging into field work and has done so in various research projects in Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Japan, Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore and Switzerland.


Dr Mathew Mathews

Dr Mathew Mathews
Principal Research Fellow and Head, Social Lab, Institute of Policy Studies, National University of Singapore

Mathew Mathews is Head, IPS Social Lab, a centre for social indicator research and a Principal Research Fellow at the Institute of Policy Studies, National University of Singapore. To date, Mathews has been involved in over fifty research projects using a range of quantitative and qualitative methodologies. Most of his research addresses social policy issues related to race, religion, immigrant integration, family, ageing and poverty. Mathews is increasingly interested in examining how social resilience can be built through interventions including those in living spaces. Mathews currently serves on the boards of and National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre. He is a Research Advisor to the Ministry of Social and Family Development and is part of the VWOs-Charities Capability Fund Panel and Families for Life Council.


Dr Vincent Chua

Dr Vincent Chua
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, National University of Singapore

Vincent Chua is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at National University of Singapore. He received his PhD in Sociology from the University of Toronto. His areas include the study of social networks, education, race and neighbourhoods. His works include: “Social Networks and Labour Market Outcomes in a Meritocracy” (2011), “Categorical Sources of Varieties of Network Inequalities” (2013), “Unequal Returns to Social Capital: The Study of Malays in Singapore through a Network Lens” (2015), “Social Capital in Singapore: Gender Differences, Ethnic Hierarchies, and their Intersection” (2016), “Getting Ahead in Singapore: How Neighbourhoods, Gender, and Ethnicity affect Enrolment into Elite Schools” (2019), and "Social Capital in Singapore: The Power of Network Diversity" (2021).


Ms Elaine Tan

Dr Elaine Tan
Deputy Director, Centre for Liveable Cities, Singapore

Elaine Tan is currently on a secondment stint as Deputy Director (Research) to the Centre for Liveable Cities, at the Ministry of National Development, Singapore, where she spearheads research in the areas of diversity, climate change, building community resilience, aging and health. This secondment draws on Elaine’s experience serving as Director of Strategic Research at the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA). Elaine spearheaded URA’s R&D efforts and directed key research programmes through Singapore’s Land and Liveability National Innovation Challenge, under the auspices of the Research, Innovation and Enterprise Council. Elaine was also formerly URA’s Director of Architecture and Urban Design Excellence.


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