Research Clusters


The FASS Research Division is pleased to launch our Newsletter: Facets

Formerly known as Research Highlights, this updated newsletter series features the faculty’s latest events, past and ongoing research activities by our Research Centres and Clusters, as well as helpful information on research grants. The word ‘facets’ refers to something that has many sides. Similarly, as FASS comprises 16 vibrant Departments from the Humanities, Social Sciences, Asian Studies and Language Studies, this newsletter will be a glimpse of the many facets our faculty has to offer.

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Check out the latest issue of Facets, Issue 4, here.

Previous issues: Spring 2019. Fall 2018. Spring 2018.


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Research Division Research Highlights Archive

September 2017 August 2016 August 2014
June 2017 February 2016 January 2014
March 2017 November 2015 August 2013
May 2016 August 2015 January 2013
December 2016 January 2015

FASS Research Centres and Clusters

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Faculty Research Centres at FASS

Four new faculty research centres (FRCs) came into being at FASS in AY 2014/15.

The Centre for Family and Population Research (CFPR) held its official launch on April 28th 2015.
CFRP is directed by Professor Jean Yeung from the Department of Sociology and Asia Research Institute.


The Social Service Research Centre (SSR) formally launched on April 24th, 2015.
SSRC is directed by Associate Professor Irene Ng (Department of Social Work).


The Next Age Institute (NAI) is an international collaboration between NUS and Washington University in Saint Louis. NAI officially launched on February 23rd, 2015. It is directed at NUS by Chia Ngee Choon (Associate Professor, Department of Economics) and Corinne Ghoh (Associate Professor, Department of Social Work), and at WUSTL by Professor Michael Sherraden.

The Global Production Networks Centre at NUS (GPN@NUS) officially launched on January 26th, 2015. 
It is directed by Professors Henry Yeung and Neil Coe from the Department of Geography.

Additionally a Max Weber Foundation Research Group on Borders, Mobility and New Infrastructures was established within FASS in June 2017, comprising faculty members and Post-Doctoral Researchers from the Department of Geography and the Department of South East Asian Studies.


Research Clusters

The NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) set up multidisciplinary Research Clusters in 2006. Since then the cluster group has grown to four clusters and continues to foster academic excellence by promoting high-impact research in innovative areas of relevance to Singapore and the Asian region. The Research Clusters provide a platform for faculty members with intersecting interests to exchange ideas and develop research initiatives across departmental lines. Cluster output ranges from small seminars to international conferences; from research grant funding to research publications; all while encouraging the graduate student community through student-organized reading groups and workshops. The FASS Research Division is also home to the Singapore Research Nexus.

4 Research Clusters

Interdisciplinary Research - exchanging ideas for academic excellence

We regret to inform you that the Environment, Health, Migration and Social Science and Policy clusters will be closed with effect from 31 March 2020. The new research clusters will be announced soon.

Singapore Research Nexus

Research Centre at the Department of Economics


Former Research Clusters



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