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
Assoc. Prof Ho Hau Yan Andy (Psychology) Andy specializes in psychosocial gerontology, thanatology, public health palliative care and community empowerment. As a health psychologist and clinical researcher, he has pioneered a number of acclaimed psycho-socio-spiritual interventions for wellbeing promotion, some of which include Mindful-Compassion Art-based Therapy (MCAT) for burnout prevention and resilience building among caregivers; Family Dignity Intervention (FDI) for advancing holistic palliative care; and Aspiration and Resilience Through Intergenerational Storytelling and Art-based Narratives (ARTISAN) for citizen empowerment and loneliness alleviation
Assoc. Prof Premchand Dommaraju (Sociology) Premchand is a social demographer whose research focuses on socio-demographic issues related to ageing, families, and households in Southeast and South Asia. He has particular interest on non-economic aspects of productive ageing and on grandparenting in diverse societies in the two regions.
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. Lee Hyo Jung (Sociology) Lee Hyo Jung is a social scientist with an interdisciplinary academic background in gerontology, social work, and psychology. Her research has focused broadly on health gaps and inequalities in the older population and their family members of all ages, but specifically she has investigated late-life social relationships, health behaviors, and quality of life and death.
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. Tan Chin Hong (Psychology) Ana's research interest lies in the intersection of Chinese Foreign Policy, economic statecraft and development cooperation in the global south, with  particular reference to China’s relations with developing regions in the southern hemisphere. Over the past two decades her research has focused on China’s economic cooperation with Africa, focusing on its engagement in extractive industries, infrastructure development, economic and trade cooperation zones on the continent and more recently on knowledge transfer between China and Africa and its developmental impact. Her research interests also encompass comparative analysis, namely regarding China’s engagement in other developing regions (South America and Southeast Asia in particular), as well as comparing China’s developmental approach with that of other emerging powers in the southern hemisphere.