FASS Staff Profile



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Brief Introduction


  • Ph.D. (Sociology), University of Chicago
  • M.Soc.Sci. (Sociology), National University of Singapore
  • B.Soc.Sci. Hons. 2nd Upper (Sociology), National University of Singapore
  • B.A. (Economics, Sociology), University of Singapore



  • Editorial Board member, Pacific Affairs
  • Editorial Board member, International Journal of Comparative Sociology  
  • Asia Research Institute Associate, Asian Cities Research Cluster
  • Asia Research Institute Associate, Migration Research Cluster
  • Member, Publications Committee, NUS Press
  • Board Chair, Next Age Institute, FASS NUS


Teaching Areas

  • Urban Sociology
  • Research Methods
  • Sociology of Youth
  • Sociology of Organizations

Graduate Supervision

Graduate Student Supervision and Committee Work


  • Zane Kheir PhD (Global Studies) "Globalization and Higher Education Language Policies"   
  • Chen Ying PhD (Sociology) "Cancer Clibs and the Politics of Emotion"
  • Ling Mengzhi (Architecture) "Real Estate Properties, Governance and Socioeconomic Activities"


  • Ning Yajing PhD (Geography) "Art,Gentrification and Redevelopment in Shanghai".
  • Ge Yun, PhD, (Sociology) "Towards a World Discipline: Internationalizing Traditional Chinese Medicine in Universities in Mainland China and Hong Kong"                         Kim Jiyoun PhD (Sociology) "Community of Strangers: Itaewon from ‘Americanized’ Ghetto to ‘Multicultural’ Space"                  
  • Yeo Su Jan (Architecture) "Encounters with the Everyday (Night)Life of a Global City: Urban Informality and Social Sustainability in Three Quotidian Neighbourhoods in Singapore"                                                                                  
  • Gu Xiaorong PhD (Sociology) "Hukou, Class, Family Life and Adolescents’ Education in post-reform China"
  • Nguyen Thi Nhu Trang PhD (Sociology) "School Violence in Vietnam"                 
  • Hannah Keeren Lee (Architecture) "Community-Based Adaptation to Climate Change in Settlement Development Programmes Among the Urban Poor: A Case Study of Metro Manila"                                                                                              
  • Xu Minghua  PhD (Sociology) "Globalization, Cultural Security and Television Regulation in the Post-WTO China"                     
  • Chua Yue Er, MA (Sociology) "International Student Pathways: Mainland Chinese Students in Singapore"

Current Research


  • Study on Mixed Housing Typologies (with Ministry of National Development)
  • Urban Gardening in East and Southeast Asia: Transformations in Policy and Practice (NUS HSS Seed Grant)
  • In-Work Poverty and Challenges of Getting by Among the Young (SSRC Type B)

Recent Completed Research Projects

  • Neighbourhoods and community life (with the Housing and Development Board, Singapore)
  • The Asian Flagship University & Doctoral Student Training (with Seoul National University and The University of Hong Kong)
  • Changing Academic Profession in Asia (with the Research Institute for Higher Education, Hiroshima University)
  • Progressive Cities in Asia and Europe (with U.Paris Sorbonne) 




  • Chua Beng Huat, Ken Dean, Ho Eng Seng, Ho Kong Chong, Jonathan Rigg, Brenda Yeoh, (2019) “Area Studies and the Crisis of Legitimacy: A View from South East Asia” Southeast Asian Research DOI: 10.1080/0967828X.2019.1587931 
  • Addie, J. P. D., Acuto, M., Ho, K. C., Cairns, S., & Tan, H. P. (2019). Perspectives on the 21st Century Urban University from Singapore–A viewpoint forum. Cities88, 252-260.
  • K.C. Ho and Vincent Chua (2018) “The Neighbourhood Roots of Social Cohesion: Notes on an exceptional case of Singapore” Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space 36(2):  290-312.
  • Collins, F.L. and Ho, K.C. (2018) Introduction: Discrepant knowledge and interAsian mobilities: unlikely movements, uncertain futures”, Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education. 39 (5) : 679-693
  • Yun Ge and K.C. Ho (2018) Cultivation of Research Labour in Asia with special reference to Singapore. Asia Pacific Education Review, vol.19(2): 199-210.
  • J. C. ShinGerard A. PostiglioneK. C. Ho (2018) Challenges for doctoral education in East Asia: a global and comparative perspective, Asia Pacific Education Review, vol.19(2): 141-155.
  • K.C. Ho, G Postiglione and F.T Huang (2018) Editorial: Research universities in East Asia—graduate student and faculty perspectives, Asia Pacific Education Review, vol.19(2): 137-140.
  • Francis Collins, K.C. Ho, Mayumi Ishikawa, Sandra Ma (2016) "International Student Mobility and After-Study Lives: the portability and prospects of overseas education in Asia", Population, Space and Place.
  • Yeo Su-Jan, K.C. Ho and Heng Chye Kiang, (2016) “Rethinking Spatial Planning for Urban Conviviality and Social Diversity: A Study of Nightlife in a Singapore Public Housing Estate Neighbourhood”, Town Planning Review 87(4): 379-399.
  • K.C. Ho (2014) “The University’s Place in Asian Cities” Asia Pacific Viewpoint 55(2): 156-168.
  • Ge Yun and K C Ho (2014) “Researching International Student Migration in Asia: Research Design and Project Management Issues” Journal of Population Research. Vol.31: 197-217.
  • K.C. Ho (2014) “International Education Ambitions and Regional Supports” TRaNS vol.2(2): 163-182.
  • Foong, Michelle, Yeoh Brenda, and K.C. Ho (2014) “International students and the politics of language among ‘globalising universities’ in Asia” Knowledge Cultures 2(4): 64-89.
  • Ong, Q. K.W. Ho and K.C. Ho (2013) “Altrusim within the family: a comparison of mother and father using life happiness and life satisfaction” Social Indicators Research 111: 485-510.
  • K.C. Ho. (2011) “Arrested Agglomeration: the spilling out of Singapore’s economy into the surrounding sub-region” Seoul Journal of Economics 24 (No. 2)
  • K.C. Ho and Ge Yun (2011) “Education and Human Capital Management in a World City: the Case of Singapore” Asia Pacific Journal of Education vol.31.3: 263-276
  • Sidhu, R. & Ho, K-C. & Yeoh, B. (2011). Emerging Education Hubs: The Case of Singapore. Higher Education.
  • K.C. Ho (2009) “The Neighbourhood in the Creative Economy: Policy, Practice and Place in Singapore” Urban Studies 46: 1187-1201.
  • K.C. Ho and M. Douglass (2008) “Globalization and Livable Cities: Experiences in Place-Making in Pacific Asia” International Development Planning Review, vol.30(4)
  • KC Ho (2006) “Globalization and Southeast Asian Capital Cities” Pacific Affairs vol.78 (4): 535-541
  • KC Ho (2006)“Where do community iconic structures fit in a globalizing city?” City vol.10 (1): 91-100
  • KC Ho (2003) "Attracting and Retaining Investments in Uncertain Times: Singapore in Southeast Asia” Urban Studies vol.40 (2) 421-438.
  • Michael Douglass, KC Ho and Ooi Giok Ling (2002) "Civic Spaces, globalisation and Pacific Asia cities" International Development Planning Review vol.24 (4) 345-361.
  • KC Ho, Zaheer Baber and Habibul Khondker  (2002) “‘Sites’ of Resistance:  Alternative Websites and State-Society Relations” British Journal of Sociology vol. 53 (1) 127-148.
  • KC Ho (2000) “Competing to be Regional Centers: A Multi-Agency, Multi-Location Perspective” Urban Studies vol.37, no.12.
  • KC Ho (1999) "One Response from the South: Singapore's Efforts at Developing Hub Functions" Korean Journal of Regional Science Vol.15(2):103-116.
  • KC Ho (1998) “Corporate Regional Functions in Asia Pacific” Asia Pacific Viewpoint vol.39 (2): 179-191.
  • KC Ho (1997) "The Global Economy and Urban Society in Pacific Asia" International Sociology 12(3): 275-293.
  • KC Ho and  Alvin So (1997) "Semi-periphery and Borderland Integration: Singapore and Hong Kong Experiences" Political Geography 16 (3): 241-259.
  • KC Ho (1997) “Globalization and Land-Use Changes in Singapore” Contemporary Development Analysis Vol.2(1): 41-59.
  • S. Chiu, KC Ho and T.L. Lui (1995) "A Tale of Two Cities Rekindled: Hong Kong and Singapore's Divergent Paths to Industrialism"  Journal of Developing Societies 11: 98-122.
  • KC Ho (1994) "Industrial Restructuring, the Singapore City State, and the Regional Division of  Labour" Environment and Planning A, 26: 33-51.
  • KC Ho and  ECY Kuo (1994) ,Videotex Developments in the Asia Pacific: Some Policy and Marketing Issues Asian Journal of Communication, 4(2): 77-96
  • KC Ho (1993) "Industrial Restructuring and the Dynamics of City State Adjustments" Environment and Planning A, 25: 47-62.


  • K.C. Ho (2019) Neighbourhoods for the City in Pacific Asia (Amsterdam University Press, under production). 
  • KC Ho and Wynne Chia (2006), Youth.sg: State of Youth in Singapore, 2nd Edition (National Youth Council)
  • KC Ho (2004) New Challenges to the Workplace: Workers' Expectations and Socio-economic Adjustments, (Ministry of Manpower).
  • KC Ho and Jeffrey Yip (2003) Youth.sg: State of Youth in Singapore (National Youth Council)
  • S. Chiu, K.C. Ho and T.L. Lui  (1997) City States in the Global Economy: Economic Restructuring in Hong Kong and Singapore (Westview)
  • with B.H. Chua (1995) Census Monograph on Cultural, Social and Leisure Activities, Singapore: Department of Statistics, Ministry of Trade and Industry.


  • Collins, F.L. and Ho, K.C. (2018) Discrepant knowledge and interAsian mobilities: unlikely movements, uncertain futures, Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education 39 (5)
  • K.C. Ho, G Postiglione and F.T Huang (2018) Editorial: Research universities in East Asia—graduate student and faculty perspectives, Asia Pacific Education Review, vol.19(2): 137-140.
  • Francis Collins and K.C. Ho (eds) (2014)  “Globalising Higher Education and Cities in Asia and the Pacific” Asia Pacific Viewpoint 55(2)
  • G. Theborn and K.C. Ho (eds.) (2009)  “Capital Cities and their contested roles in the Life of Nations” CITY vol 13(1)
  • KC Ho (ed) (2006) “Globalization and Southeast Asian Capital Cities” Pacific Affairs vol.78 (4)
  • KC Ho (ed.) (2002) "Southeast Asian Urban Futures", Asian Journal of Social Science vol.30 (1).


  • Mike Douglass, Romain Garbaye, K.C. Ho (eds) (2019) Progressive Cities East and West, Springer.
  • S. Wajjwalku, K.C. Ho, O. Yoshida (eds.) (2016) Advancing the Regional Commons in the New East Asia, Routledge
  • Daniels, P. K.C. Ho. And Hutton, T. (eds) (2011) New Economic Spaces in Asian Cities, Routledge.
  • Mike Douglass, K.C. Ho and Ooi Giok Ling (eds) (2008) Globalization, the City and Civil Society in Pacific Asia Cities (Routledge)
  • KC Ho and Michael Hsiao (2006) Capital Cities in Asia Pacific: Primacy and Diversity, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan.
  • with P.W. Daniels, and T.A. Hutton (2005) Service Industries and Asia-Pacific Cities (Routledge).
  • K.C. Ho, R. Kluver and C.C. Yang (2003) Asia.com: Asia Encounters the Internet, (Routledge).
  • with T. Bunnell and L.Drummond (2003) Critical Reflections on Cities in Southeast Asia, (Brill).
  • with Peggy Teo and T.C. Chang, (2001) Interconnected Worlds: Tourism in Southeast Asia (Elsevier)
  • with W.B. Kim, M. Douglass, and S.C. Choe (1997) Culture and the City in East Asia,  Oxford: Oxford University Press
  • with Eddie Kuo (1995) Videotex Development in the Asia-Pacific: Policy,Marketing and Implications, (Singapore: AMIC)


  • K.C. Ho (2019) “All the Lonely People, Where do they All Come From” in They Told Us to Move, edited by Ng Kok Hoe, Ethos Press.
  • Yun Ge and K.C. Ho (2018) “Intra-Asia Higher Education Mobilities” Routledge Handbook of Asian Migrations, edited by Gracia Liu-Farrer and Brenda Yeoh.
  • K.C. Ho “Era of Globalization: Singapore’s New Urban Economy and the Rise of a World Asia City” in 50 Years of Urban Planning in Singapore, edited by Heng Chye Kiang. World Scientific.
  • K.C. Ho. (2016) “Singapore: City State in ASEAN and APT” in Regional Community Building in East Asia, edited by Lee Tai To, Routledge.
  • K.C. Ho (2015) “Theories of Place and a Place for Theories” in Cities and Economic Change, Ronan Paddison and Tom Hutton (eds) Sage.
  • Tan, T.Y.  & K.C. Ho (2015) “The Evolution of Singapore’s Social Secruity System”, in Asset Building in Asia, edited by M. Sherraden, L. Zhou, H.B. Ju, S. Deng and SB Wang, New York: Routledge.
  • Sidhu, Ravinder, K.C. Ho, Yeoh, Brenda SA (2014) “Singapore: Building a Knowledge and Education Hub”, International Education Hubs: Student, Talent, and Knowledge-Innovation Models, Jane Knight (ed) Springer.
  • K.C. Ho and Pornpan Chinnaporn (2013) “Conserving Bankok’s Premier Heritage District: Ambitious Plans and Ambigious Rights” in Rights to Culture: Language, Heritage and Community in Thailand, Coeli Barry (ed), Silkworm Books.
  • K.C. Ho (2013) "Peering through the Dust of Construction: Singapore's Efforts to Build World Class Universities" in Institutionalization of World Class University in Global Competition,edited by J.C. Shin and Barbara M. Kehm, Springer.
  • Collins, F.L. and K.C. Ho (2012) “Constructing a 'Global University Centered in Asia': Globalizing Strategies and Experiences at the National University of Singapore, in Neubauer, D.E. and Kuroda, K. (Eds) Mobility and Migration in Asian Pacific Higher Education, Palgrave.
  • Sidhu, R. & Ho, K-C. & Yeoh, B. (2011). The Global Schoolhouse: Governing Singapore’s Knowledge Economy Aspirations In Marginson, S. ; Kaur, S. ; & Sawir, E. (eds.) - Higher Education in the Asia Pacific.Springer, Dordrecht
  • K.C. Ho (2009) “Competitive Urban Economic Policies in Global Cities: Shanghai Through the Lens of Singapore” in Shanghai Rising: State Power and Local Transformations in a Global Megacity, Xiangming Chen (ed), University of Minnesota Press.
  • K.C. Ho (2008) “Governing Cities: Civic Spaces, Civil Society and Urban Politics” in Mike Douglass, K.C. Ho and Ooi Giok Ling (eds) Globalization, the City and Civil Society in Pacific Asia Cities (Routledge)
  • K.C. Ho (2005) “Service Industries and Occupational Change: Implications for Identity, Citizenship & Politics” in Service Industries and Asia-Pacific Cities, edited by P W Daniels, K C Ho, T A Hutton (Routledge)
  • K.C. Ho (2001) “The Business of Producing Culture” pp.71-88 in The Culture and Economy of Cities in Pacific Asia, edited by W.B. Kim, Korea Research Institute for Human Settlements Research Report 2001-60.
  • K.C. Ho (1999) “Transborder Regional Governance and Planning: The Case of Singapore and Its Neighbors” pp. 81-100 in Urban and Regional Governance in the Asia Pacific, edited by John Friedmann, Institute of Asian Research, University of British Columbia.
  • K.C. Ho (1999) “What the Storm has Uncovered: A Sociological Analysis of Asian Values and Development”  pp. 118-126 in Singapore The Year in Review 1998, edited by Ooi Giok Ling and Ramkishen S. Rajan,Times Academic Press.
  • K.C. Ho (1999) “Singaporean Strategy for Maintaining Competitiveness” pp.437-468 in Management Strategies of the Korean Peninsula in the 21st Century: A Geo-Economic Approach, edited by Chul Hong and W.B. Kim, Korean Research Institute for Human Settlements (in Korean).
  • K.C. Ho (1998) “Globalization and the Social Fabric of Competitiveness” pp. 294-311 in Competitiveness of the Singapore Economy, edited by M.H. Toh and K.Y. Tan, Singapore: Singapore University Press.
  • K.C. Ho (1997) “From Port City to City-State: Forces Shaping Singapore’s Built Environment” pp.212-233 in Culture and the City in East Asia, edited by W.B. Kim et.al. Oxford: Oxford  University Press
  • K.C. Ho (1995) "Singapore: Maneuvering in the Middle League" pp. 113-142, in Asian NIEs in the Global Economy edited by G. Clark and W.B. Kim, United States: Johns Hopkins University Press.
  • K.C. Ho and Eddie Kuo (1995), “Videotex Systems in the Age of Information”, pp. 2-15, in Videotex Development in the Asia-Pacific: Policy,Marketing and Implications, edited by Eddie Kuo and K.C. Ho, Singapore: AMIC.
  • with Eddie Kuo (1995), “Promises and Pitfalls in the Development of Videotex Systems”, pp. 184-197, in Videotex Development in the Asia-Pacific: Policy,Marketing and Implications, edited by Eddie Kuo and K.C. Ho, Singapore: AMIC.
  • K.C. Ho (1994) "Adolescence in Singapore" in International Handbook of Adolescence, edited by  Klaus Hurrelmann, pp. 346-359, United States: Greenwood Press.
  • K.C. Ho (1993) “Public Housing in Singapore”, pp. 369-392 in Malaysia and Singapore: Experiences in Industrialisation and Urban Development, edited by Lee Boon Hiok and K.S. Susan Oorjitham. Kuala Lumpur: University of Malaysia Press.


  • K.C. Ho (2003) "Globalization and the Work of Social Science Departments" Humanities and Social Sciences Newsletter Quarterly 2003 (6) (in Chinese)
  • K.C. Ho (2000) "Mixed Emotions: Are You Attracted and Repelled by the Internet at the Very Same Time?" Innovation.


  • Ho, K. C., & Kang, T. (2015, December). Globalization and Academic Work in Singapore. In RIHE International Seminar Reports (No. 23, pp. 83-99). Research Institute for Higher Education, Hiroshima University.

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