Inequalities in Education: The Network Factor

Wed, Aug 24, 2016 6:00 PM (GMT+8)
The HEAD Foundation 20 Upper Circular Road The Riverwalk #02-21 Singapore 058416

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In his presentation, Dr Vincent Chua, Assistant Professor of Sociology at the National University of Singapore (NUS), will share his research on the social capital of Singaporeans, discussing its role in the social advancement of individuals in education and the labour market. He will explore pertinent questions such as: 1) Do networks matter for social advancement in Singapore's meritocratic society? 2) How is social capital distributed in the population - which groups have more (which have less)? 3) What can we do to close the 'network gap' between social groups? Join us for this insightful discussion on the roles of networks and social capital influencing educational inequalities in Singapore.


Dr Vincent Chua
Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, National University of Singapore

Vincent Chua is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the National University of Singapore. 

He has written extensively on the social networks and social capital of Singapore, publishing his works in highly-ranked academic journals such as Social Networks (3 times), Social Science ResearchCurrent SociologySociological PerspectivesAmerican Behavioral ScientistComparative SociologyAsian Ethnicity, and International Studies in the Sociology of Education, all as sole- or first-author.

He has also written a well-read chapter on ‘Personal Communities’ for the Sage Handbook of Social Network Analysis (2011)In 2015, he edited two special issues for the American Behavioral Scientist on the ‘Social Networks of East and Southeast Asia’ (with Barry Wellman). He has also recently published a chapter on East Asian networks in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Communication. He has served as a peer reviewer for a wide range of academic journals, having reviewed some 40 original articles since 2011.

This event is presented by The HEAD Foundation, a Singapore-based think tank devoted to research and policy influence in education and leadership, for development in Asia. Admission is free.

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