Dr. Chan-Hoong Leong
Chan-Hoong is the Head of Social Lab and Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS), National University of Singapore (NUS). He set up Social Lab, a survey research arm of the university that is funded by the Resilience Policy and Research Centre in the Prime Minister’s Office. Social Lab conducts survey research for government ministries, statutory boards, and other non-profit organisations on issues that are of strategic importance to Singapore.
He graduated with a PhD in Psychology from Victoria University of Wellington and a M.Sc. in Statistics from the NUS. Chan-Hoong’s research focuses on social resilience, immigration, and the management of cultural diversity in the workplace and community. He is Principal Investigator for the national survey on immigration and integration (Funded by IPS) 2010, survey on military conscription (Commissioned by Ministry of Defence) 2013, review on vocational training (Commissioned by Ministry of Education) 2012-2014, the panel study on social and family resilience 2014-2017 (Commissioned by Resilience Policy and Research Centre, Prime Minister’s Office), and the survey on the state of the Singapore diaspora 2016-2017 (Commissioned by National Population and Talent Division, Prime Minister’s Office).
Chan-Hoong was Consulting Editor for the International Journal of Intercultural Relations (2013-2014), and Editor for the 2013 Special Issue, Multiculturalism: Beyond Ethnocultural Diversity and Contestations. He reviews publication manuscripts for various journals such as Applied Psychology: An International Review, and Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology; he is also an independent reviewer for research grant applications to the Israel Science Foundation and the Israel Ministry of Science, Technology and Space. Chan-Hoong has served on various Singapore-based advisory boards including the National Council of Social Service, National Integration Working Group on Communities, and the REACH Integration Workgroup. He contributes opinion pieces to the local daily, including The Straits Times and TODAY on immigration, population, and identity related topics.