Establishment of the Social Science Research Council to Promote Social Science and Humanities Research in Singapore

Published Date: 22 January 2016 12:00 AM

News Press Releases

1. The Government has established a new Social Science Research Council (SSRC) to chart strategies to develop social science and humanities research in Singapore.

2. The SSRC held its inaugural meeting on 22 January 2016. It discussed the social science and humanities research landscape in Singapore, and how social science and humanities research could make a significant impact. The SSRC also discussed possible strategies to catalyse and enable the development of a vibrant and mature social science and humanities research ecosystem that will contribute to the long-term development of Singapore and the region.

3. The SSRC comprises prominent local social science and humanities academics and public intellectuals, as well as members with rich experience in public policy. The composition of the SSRC can be found in Annex A.

4. The SSRC has been formed in recognition of new and complex challenges that confront Singapore as it progresses and matures as a nation. These include challenges that many other societies face, such as sustaining economic dynamism, providing for an ageing population, preserving social mobility, improving the non-material quality of life, and building common identity and a sense of belonging in a globalised world. These are issues that social sciences and humanities research can help us understand and address better as Singapore advances as a society.

5. On the formation of the SSRC, Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for Economic and Social Policies Tharman Shanmugaratnam said:

6. “The Social Science Research Council comes at an important juncture in our history. Quality research in the social sciences and humanities will enrich understanding of how we are evolving as a people and help us find the most effective ways to sustain a vibrant, fair and resilient society. It will also contribute to the intellectual life of our nation, with more rigorous debate and peer scrutiny, and can spur fresh thinking in many fields as we go forward.”

Share this article: