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April 27 , 2011

Liveability in Singapore

Social and Behavioural Issues


Cities and countries around the world are focused on enhancing their living conditions through ways that go beyond the brick and mortar of urban planning. Just like in other highly-urbanised cities, life and living in Singapore is highly dependent on many other dimensions such as health, access to various services, social interactions, inter-group relations and community bonds. Social and behavioural factors will need to be incorporated when designing and implementing policies and interventions to enhance liveability.

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This invaluable book, based on the proceedings at the Behavioural Sciences Institute Conference 2014, documents an exchange of ideas among practitioners, academics and public intellectuals on liveability in Singapore. The book is organized into four parts. Part I provides an overview of liveability issues. Part II examines liveability from the perspectives of health and urban planning. Part III analyses the relationships linking quality of life to social class and social services. Part IV addresses specific questions on liveability in terms of public transport, cost of living, government's public communications, role of free market values in town planning, civil society, citizen well-being and whether there is a psychological gulf between government and people.

This book will provide the reader valuable perspectives, an increased understanding of issues related to the liveability in Singapore and many potential applications to reflect on.

  • Liveability Issues:
    • Is Singapore Liveable? (Laurence Lien)
    • Liveability Matters (David Chan)
    • Panel Discussion 1 (Laurence Lien, David Chan and Jeremy Lim)
  • Health, Urban Planning and Liveability:
    • Health and Liveability (Jeremy Lim)
    • Urban Planning and Liveability (Heng Chye Kiang)
    • Panel Discussion 2 (Jeremy Lim, Heng Chye Kiang and Han Fook Kwang)
  • Social Class, Social Services and Quality of Life:
    • Social Class and Quality of Life (Tan Ern Ser)
    • Social Services and Quality of Life (Ang Bee Lian)
    • Panel Discussion 3 (Tan Ern Ser, Ang Bee Lian and Sudha Nair)
  • Liveability in Singapore:
    • Closing Panel Discussion (David Chan, Gerard Ee, Han Fook Kwang, Liu Thai Ker and Tommy Koh)

Readership: Academics, undergraduate and graduates students, professionals interested in the various critical social and behavioural issues on liveability in Singapore.
Key Features:
  • Examining the various critical social and behavioural issues on liveability in Singapore
  • Providing a state-of-the-art analysis, identifying critical unresolved issues and proposing innovative solutions to the problems identified by a distinguished team of authors
  • The wealth and diversity of experience, reputation and influence of the authors will provide a very wide reach and multiplier effect in the readership market
  • Written in an active and conversational style making it highly engaging for the reader
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