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ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute in Singapore is currently working on these 3 collaborative projects under the Social Science Research Thematic Grant*:


1. Algorithmic Pricing and Market Competition: Implications for Competition Law and Policy

  • Project Brief:
    Digitalisation creates new industries and transforms existing ones. To tap on the digital economy, there is a need to adopt digital technologies across all sectors of the economy. One such technology is algorithmic pricing in which computer algorithms are used to set market prices. The use of algorithmic pricing, while providing economic gains to both businesses and consumers, has potential risks such as occurrences of tacit collusion. While recognizing the existence of such risks, regulators face considerable challenges in crafting optimal rules and regulations in markets with algorithmic pricing. This project adopts a multi-disciplinary approach to undertake an in-depth study on the impact of algorithmic pricing on competition law and regulation. It is hoped that findings from the project will enhance policymakers’ understanding of how digital technologies evolve and impact the society in Singapore. This project is a collaboration between ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute and the National University of Singapore.
  • Project Duration: 2018 – 2021
  • Researchers:
    1. Lead Principal Investigator: Dr Cassey Lee, Regional Economic Studies Programme, ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute
    2. Co-Principal Investigator: Dr Burton Ong, Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore
    3. Collaborator: Dr Harold Soh, School of Computing, National University of Singapore


2. Singapore's Islamic Studies Graduates: Their Role and Impact in a Plural Society

  • Project Brief:
    The aim of the study is to understand the roles played by Singapore’s Islamic studies graduates in shaping religious orientations, beliefs, practices and religious discourse within the community. The overriding objective is to examine the extent to which they serve as cultural brokers in contextualising religious teachings that facilitate the community’s adjustment to and integration with Singapore’s multi-ethnic, multi-religious society of Singapore and the well-being of the community. The nature of religious education received by these graduates, their educational experiences within these institutions and beyond, their career paths, channels of religious learning and engagement upon their completion or return including the impact of social media on their religious understanding will also be investigated. The study will also analyse the ideological dynamics of the groups and their implications on the community and the larger society. This project is a collaboration between ISEAS - Yusof Ishak Institute and National University of Singapore. To date research on madrasah graduates in Singapore are scarce. The few that exist focus on religious education at pre-tertiary levels in Singapore’s madrasah. Findings of the study are potentially useful and relevant to stakeholders including policy makers in devising policies and programmes that can harness and strengthen the contribution of these graduates in constructively addressing the challenges of social cohesion and strengthening the nation’s resilience against forces that threaten or undermine the social fabric.
  • Project Duration: 2017 – 2020
  • Researchers:
    1. Lead Principal Investigator: Dr Norshahril Saat, Fellow, ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute
    2. Co-Principal Investigator: Dr Azhar Ibrahim, Deputy Head Malay Studies, National University of Singapore
    3. Collaborator: Assoc Professor Noor Aisha Abdul Rahman, Head Malay Studies, National University of Singapore


3. Christianity in Southeast Asia: Comparative Growth, Politics and Networks in Urban Centres

  • Project Brief:
    This project seeks to understand the growth of Christianity in Southeast Asia and its consequences. It will focus on five countries, namely, Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, and Vietnam. Two key cities in each of these countries (with the exception of Singapore) will be sites of investigation. They are Manila and Cebu (Philippines); Jakarta and Surabaya (Indonesia); Kuala Lumpur and Penang (Malaysia); and Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi (Vietnam). The pairing of capital cities with major urban centres will provide a more balanced understanding of Christianity and its diversity within national sub-regions. The project is a collaboration between ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute and National University of Singapore. It will develop a Southeast Asian understanding of Protestant and Pentecostal megachurches in the region and offer a comparative perspective across these city centres. These five countries were chosen because they convey the spectrum of societies in Southeast Asia from Muslim-majority societies, Christian-majority societies, capitalist societies, post-socialist societies, and multicultural societies. More broadly, it will investigate the impact of Christian growth on multicultural and multireligious societies as well as the religion’s role in shaping politics and public debates.
  • Project Duration: 2017 – 2020
  • Researchers:
    1. Lead Principal Investigator: Dr Terence Chong, ISEAS–Yusof Ishak Institute
    2. Co-Principal Investigator: Assoc Prof Daniel PS Goh, National University of Singapore


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*The Social Science Research Thematic Grant (SSRTG), launched under the auspices of the Social Science Research Council in 2016, aims to encourage high-quality and impactful social science and humanities research. It supports social science and humanities research projects, programmes or centres with bearing on key societal and economic issues affecting Singapore and the region. The SSRTG is the first major grant programme dedicated to supporting social science and humanities research in Singapore.


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