Aging, Inclusion and Healthcare

This cluster draws on the expertise in ageing research across all the four programmes within the School of Social Sciences including Economics, Psychology, Policy & Global Affairs, and Sociology to address critical ageing issues in Singapore and Greater Asia. The cluster will foster an exciting and dynamic intellectual environment for interdisciplinary research, contributing to innovative ways in addressing the challenges posed and harnessing the opportunities presented by a rapidly ageing demographic across the region and around the world. The focus will be on multifaceted aspects of ageing from examining public policy and financing concerns, age friendly cities and supportive communities, to gaining deeper understanding of enhancing individual, familial and social capacities across the later lifespan marked by health, illness and mortality. The cluster will promote collaborative research by exploring synergies for grant applications and publications. It will have an active seminar and workshop series as well as outreach programmes and social media presence to promote intellectual exchanges across different disciplines and stakeholder groups on ageing. The cluster will also work closely with the Master of Sciences in Applied Gerontology programme to nurture interest, engagement, and participation from learners, researchers, and practitioners from all walks of life to work towards innovations and sustainable solutions that enhance and advance healthy, creative and inclusive ageing.


Cluster Coordinator
Asst. Prof. Luk Ching Yuen Sabrina (PPGA) Sabrina’s research areas include healthy ageing, health financing reforms, e-government and smart cities, crisis leadership and management, and public policy analysis. Sabrina has published five monographs. Her recent publications include Ageing, Long-term Care Insurance and Healthcare Finance in Asia (Abingdon, Oxon; New York, NY: Routledge) and Singapore after Lee Kuan Yew (Abingdon, Oxon; New York, NY: Routledge).
Asst. Prof Yu Junhong (Psychology)Junhong’s research interests include population neuroscience (i.e. lifespan-related changes in the brain, socio-economic factors, big neuroimaging data), cognitive aging (i.e. mild cognitive impairment, dementia, superior-cognitive aging, neural correlates of cognitive functions, predictors of subsequent cognitive decline), brain-based behavioral predictions (i.e. multimodal neuroimaging features, connectome-based prediction models) and cognitive enhancements (i.e. low cost interventions targeted at the masses (e.g., nutrition based), non-invasive brain stimulation, neurofeedback).
Cluster Members
Asst. Prof. Akshar Saxena (Economics) Akshar Saxena is a health economist who works on the interaction between individual’s health and labor decisions, and government’s policies on sin-taxes, healthcare financing, and social security.
Asst. Prof. Tan Chin Hong (Psychology)

Tan Chin Hong is an interdisciplinary cognitive neuroscientist whose research interest lies broadly in using neuroimaging techniques (MRI, PET, DOT), genetics, and psychosocial factors to understand the earliest risk markers of neurodegenerative diseases and cognitive decline.

Asst. Prof. Minne Chen (Sociology)Minne is a sociologist whose research primarily focuses on how gender and family dynamics influence wellbeing trajectories and contribute to social stratification. Additionally, she engages in evaluating the design, feasibility, effectiveness, and implementation of health interventions using quasi-experimental and experimental designs, including cluster randomized controlled trials.