Where are you from?
What sparked your interest in public policy?
While my prior studies in Economics and International Relations have provided me with a strong foundation in the social sciences, I believe that theory is most important at its point of application. Therefore, I wish to learn more about how to apply theory to practice through public policy. My research interest in the 2008 financial crisis provides a vivid example of how important it is for policy makers to apply the right policies, regardless of the ‘conventional wisdom’ of the times.
The interdisciplinary nature of public policy appeals to me in its pragmatism and willingness to incorporate the various tools available within the social sciences into its analysis
Why did you choose to pursue a PhD at LKY School?
The LKY School’s focus on Asia complements my research interests, making it the ideal school for me to work on topics close to home. This is in line with my career goals, as I hope to contribute to research and policy work in Asia. The highly qualified and illustrious faculty of the school is also a major factor in my decision, as I will be learning from experts in the field.
Most importantly, the LKY School’s reputation as a leading think-tank means that I will be learning from a school that is involved in real policy work.
What do you enjoy the most about your studies or research work at LKY School?
The diversity of the student population in the school means that I am exposed to a wide range of opinions and ideas. I truly relish this opportunity to interact and exchange ideas with fellow students from all over the world. Moreover, the academically rigorous and competitive environment of the LKY School provides me with a challenge that drives and motivates me to further excellence.
What are your career goals?
I hope to become a specialist in financial crises, involved in research and policy work covering preventive measures as well as crisis management, with a particular focus on Singapore and the highly dynamic region of Asia. I also hope to eventually work in the academia.