Environment and Sustainability


Cluster Research and Strength

Discipline & Interdisciplinary areas

Faculty and researchers from the following disciplines (not exhaustive), Schools, and research centres could participate in this research thrust:

  • Economics
  • Sociology
  • Psychology
  • Politics & Public Administration
  • Linguistics and Multilingual Studies
  • Chinese
  • History
  • Philosophy
  • English
  • Nanyang Centre for Public Administration
  • School of Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Nanyang Environment & Water Research Institute
  • Energy Research Institute @ NTU


Existing strength and scope for research

The aim is to create a new paradigm that calls for a fundamental shift in the values and norms underlying our understanding of our existence, environment and sustainability. This theme seeks to create dialogue among scholars from different disciplines to promote sustainable development. Specifically, this could involve developing strategies and techniques for managing social, political, economic, cultural and environmental challenges.

Strengths include:

  • Environmental sustainability
  • Education for Sustainability
  • Environmental and Health Economics
  • Coping with natural disasters and pandemics
  • Ethnic and religious conflicts and issues
  • Poverty
  • Food security
  • Population studies
  • Aging, geriatrics
  • Rehabilitation
  • Community mental health
  • Research in urban economic issues focusing on housing, service sector multinationals, transportation and their historical/cultural landscape
  • Research in environmental policies and management with special reference to economic and energy-society issues


Five Peaks categorisation

Sustainable Earth, Innovation Asia, and the New Silk Road 

Potential collaborations (examples) 

The School is collaborating with Kyoto University and Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou. Activities will include, but not limit to, international workshops to be held at the Kyoto University, NTU, and the Sun Yat-sen University. Initial funding would be provided by Kyoto University, and thereafter funding will be sought from the University as well as externally such as the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS). A joint bidding with Kyoto University to JSPS’s Core-to-Core programme for five-year funding of 100 million yen (approximately S$1.55 million) is being planned for submission in 2012 (by Prof Liu Hong from the NTU side).

A new research on “water research in the social sciences and economics” (jointly with Michigan State University) and other organizations is being planned (by Prof Euston Quah).

Besides NTU funding, interested faculty could also apply for grants from national funding organizations.

Activities could include research intensive workshops, and possible collaborations with the Nanyang Environment & Water Research Institute (NEWRI), and the Energy Research Institute @ NTU (ERI@N


Environmental sociology, Environmental economics, Education for Sustainability, Environmental and urban sustainability, Environmental ethics, water, Climate change, Nuclear politics, Globalisation, Urban centres, Transnational migration, Demography, Social transformation in East and South Asia, Ethnic, religious, and class conflicts, terrorism, Social compact, Wealth distribution, Geriatrics, Rehabilitation, Poverty.