Our Faculty

Jane M. Jacobs

Research Areas
Professor Jacobs researches the social and cultural aspects of cities and urban life. She has published widely on urban identity & difference, heritage & memory, tourism & the culture industries, housing & home, and architecture in society.  She is a specialist in visual and qualitative methodologies. Her most recent book is Buildings Must Die: A Perverse View of Architecture (MIT Press, 2014) and she currently co-curates a blog on architecture in Singapore.
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Urban Studies Modules
  • Introduction to Urban Studies
  • Heritage, Memory, Identity
  • Architecture and Society
  • Cityscapes and Urban Form
  • Creative Cities
  • Divided Cities

Chua Beng Huat

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Professor Chua Beng Huat received his PhD from York University, Canada. He has previously served as Provost Chair Professor, Faculty of Arts and Social Science (2009-2017), Research Leader, Cultural Studies in Asia Research Cluster, Asia Research Institute (2000-2015); Convenor Cultural Studies Programmes (2008-2013) and Head, the Department of Sociology (2009-2015), National University of Singapore.

His research interests focus on Urban and Housing Studies, Cultural Studies in Asia and Comparative Political Economy of Southeast Asia. He published his latest book, "Liberalism Disavowed: Communitarianism and State Capitalism in Singapore" in September, 2017.
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Urban Studies Modules
  • Housing and Social Inequality
  • Urban Singapore

Nick R. Smith

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Dr. Smith is a scholar of urban transformation, planning, and policy. Using a combination of ethnography, spatial analysis, and archival research, his work explores processes of rapid socio-spatial transformation. Over the past decade, Smith’s research has focused on peri-urban China, where he has conducted extensive research on the development and planning of village communities. His current research looks at the history of Chinese industrial zones and the role of China in the urban development of Southeast Asia. 
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Urban Studies Modules
  • Urbanisation in China
  • Key Debates in Urban Planning and Policy
  • Living on the Edge: The Experience of Peri-urbanisation
  • Community Development: In Search of the Kampung Spirit
  • Urban Theory
  • Modern Social Thought

Ricardo Cardoso

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Assistant Professor Ricardo Cardoso teaches and researches in the fields of urban studies and development planning. His research focuses on transnational urbanism, the urban effects of oil economies, and the politics of development and change in African cities. He has conducted an extensive study on the critical intersections between petroleum extraction and urbanisation in Luanda, Angola and he also sustains an interest in issues of development and planning in Portugal.
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Urban Studies Modules
  • Urban Theory
  • Transnational Urbanisms

Valentina Zuin

Research Areas
Dr Valentina Zuin is interested in making cities more liveable and sustainable, especially for the poor. Her specific interests include water and sanitation planning and policies, informality, slum upgrading and sustainable urban service provision in developing country settings.

Her research and teaching are influenced by her 10 years of experience living and working in developing countries cities in Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, and South Asia. Dr Zuin has worked in various capacities for international non-governmental organisations (NGOs), multilateral donors, and developing country governments.
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Urban Studies Modules
  • Cities of the Global South
  • Water & Waste in Urban Environments
  • Methods in the Social Sciences