The Lee Kuan Yew School is committed to producing innovative and rigorous research that contributes both to scholarly inquiry as well as policy making in Asia. The research agenda is wide ranging, inter-disciplinary, and methodologically pluralistic, and is strongly oriented towards comparative study, with particular expertise in China and Southeast Asia.

Asia is in the midst of an enormous shift, perhaps the greatest shift since the middle of the 20th century. This is a result of domestic reforms, the end of the Cold War, the spread of globalization, and, most recently, significant and ongoing changes in the international political and economic order of the past half century.

Countries across the region are experiencing many simultaneous transitions – a development and demographic transition, a social transition (in healthcare, social security, and urbanisation), a governance transition (with implications for the management of public organisations), an environmental and resource demand transition (energy, water), and an international power transition (with the rise of China, India, Indonesia, and Vietnam). Faculty research is strongly focused on these areas and draws on a range of theoretical, conceptual, methodological, and disciplinary tools and perspectives.


Our research focuses on five broad areas that reflect a transitioning Asia, with particular attention to Singapore. Select a topic to view the publications in each research area.