Research in the social sciences aims to understand the complex connections of individuals and society through empirical methods. The primary disciplines in the School of Social Sciences (SSS)—Economics, Psychology, Public Policy and Global Affairs, and Sociology address questions concerning humans and society at multiple levels of analysis, with diverse research focus and methodology—from individuals’ physiological and neural processes, to individuals’ decisions and social behaviours, to interactions between individuals and institutions, to the functioning of macro social institutions. In response to major challenges facing humanity, the School’s research addresses the social, political, psychological and economic implications of issues such as changing demographics, technological advancement, and sustainability. Such effort not only contributes to nationally and internationally impactful research output, but also engages local communities and the nation at large to address major issues of social concern.
The School’s three strategic research clusters based on the school’s comparative research strength provide the platform for interdisciplinary research exchange among researchers with common research interests. The Environment and Sustainability cluster seeks to create dialogue among researchers from different disciplines to develop strategies and techniques for managing social, political, economic, cultural and environmental challenges. The Global Asia cluster focuses on research on Asia from an interconnected global-contextualist perspective, exploring global and local issues such as social change, economic development, ethnic and cultural identity, and multilingualism. The Science, Society and Governance cluster brings together researchers in cognitive neuroscience, science and technology development, and science and policy.
Environment and Sustainability Research Cluster
A fundamental change in how we think about our existence in relation with the environment and sustainability is the strategic goal for the School of Social Sciences’ Environment and Sustainability Research Cluster (ESRC). With Sustainable Earth being one of the Five Peaks of Excellence at NTU, the cluster seeks to create dialogue among scholars from different disciplines to promote sustainable development not only within but beyond the University.
Global Asia Cluster
This cluster tracks the rise of Asia and studies the region from an interconnected global-contextualist perspective. Research will explore global and local issues such as social change, economic development, ethnic and cultural identity, and multilingualism.
Science, Society and Governance Cluster
The Science, Society and Governance cluster in SSS brings together researchers interested in science and technology development, brain function, cognition, individual and/or social behaviors, society, and/or policy. It is a combination of the previous Cognition and Neuroscience Cluster and Science, Technology and Society Cluster. It hopes to generate research findings that can help boost societal welfare, wellbeing and technology advancement.