From Singapore, the strategic hub of Asia, SMU applies its knowledge and global perspective in an Asian context to bridge concepts and provide critical insights. SMU research aims to create significant impact by addressing these five societal challenges: Economies & Financial Markets, Social Fabric & Quality of Life, Boundaries & Borders, Sustainability, Innovation & Technology.
The SMU Thought Leadership Series, published in The Business Times, feature research, expertise and business insights from SMU faculty on tackling the five societal challenges.
Dean of Students and Professor of Sociology (Practice) Paulin Straughan highlighted the need for society to address the loneliness that results from social distancing for Singapore’s vulnerable seniors.
Professor of Finance (Practice) and Director of the Sim Kee Boon Institute for Financial Economics Dave Fernandez urged economic policymakers to focus on taking bold and immediate action in order to tackle the pandemic crisis.
Professor of Operations Management Shantanu Bhattacharya explained the need for businesses to adopt appropriate strategies to deal with the unprecedented impact of Covid-19 on global supply chains.
Associate Professor of Information Systems Pradeep Varakantham shared about his and his fellow researchers from SMU's School of Information Systems' Artificial Intelligence-based solutions that aim to improve the effectiveness of screening passengers at ports of entry, as well as optimise on-demand ride pooling and matching services for transportation service providers.
Associate Professor Paul Griffin, SMU School of Information Systems, explored how quantum computing could help overcome the blockchain trilemma.
Assistant Professor Aurelio Gurrea-Martinez, SMU School of Law, explained the need to have regulations for Initial Coin Offerings to enhance the protection of consumers and investors.
Professor Chow Hwee Kwan, SMU School of Economics, found that the deepening of global and regional financial integration is amplifying the transmission of financial shocks in Asia.
Professor Lim Ee Peng, SMU Lee Kong Chian Professor of Information Systems, has developed new models of analysing social media data.