Affiliated Scholars

Professor Ann Florini

Ann is Professor of Public Policy in the School of Social Sciences at Singapore Management University, where she is Academic Director of the Masters of Tri-Sector Collaboration, and Non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC. She has led numerous international projects, including the Global Governance Initiative on behalf of the World Economic Forum and the International Task Force on Transparency, Initiative for Policy Dialogue at Columbia University. She earned her Ph.D. in Political Sciences at University of California, Los Angeles. 

Asst Prof Nafis Hanif

Nafis Hanif is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the SMU School of Social Sciences.  Her research interests are Political Science, Sociology and Crime, Deviance and Violence. She has researched criminal entrepreneurial judgment and rational authority among criminal entrepreneurs, and the importance of analysing illegal markets as a way of understanding crime businesses as a social system. Nafis received her PhD from University of Sydney in 2012.

Professor Thomas Menkoff

Thomas Menkhoff is Professor of Organisational Behaviour & Human Resource Development (Education) at the Lee Kong Chian School of Business, Singapore Management University, and currently the Academic Director for SMU’s Master of Science in Innovation Programme. He joined SMU in 2001 and has formerly taught at the National University of Singapore, the University of Cologne, and the University of Bielefeld in Germany. Thomans earned his PhD in Sociology and Development Planning University of Bielefeld

Sriven Naidu

Sriven Naidu is Director of Programme Development & Partnerships and Co-Director of the path-breaking Master of Tri-Sector Collabroation at Singapore Management University.  

Assoc Prof Bussarawan Puk Teerawichitchainan

Bussarawan is Associate Professor of Sociology at Singapore Management University's School of Social Sciences. Her research has examined a range of social issues in SEA including intergenerational relationships and the long-term care needs in the context of poverty and population in societies in Myanmar, Vietnam and Thailand. She gained her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Washington, USA.

Asst Prof Nicholas Harrigan

Nicholas Harrigan is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the SMU School of Social Sciences. His research interests include Social Workers, Migrant Workers and Corporate and Political Mapping. His report 'Vital Yet Vulnerable: Mental and emotional health of South Asian migrant workers in Singapore' was conducted in association with the Lien Foundation and the Lien Centre for Social Innovation. 

Assoc Prof John Donaldson

John is an Associate Professor of Political Science, School of Social Sciences, at Singapore Management University. He is the author of Small Works: Poverty and Economic Development in Southwestern China (Cornell University Press, 2011). His research focuses on seeking effective solutions to rural poverty reduction around the world, local rural poverty reduction policies in China, the transformation of China’s agrarian system, and central-provincial relations. Recently, he has extended his research on China’s rural transformation by comparing it with that of India.

Professor Don Ferrin

Don Ferrin is Professor of Organisational Behaviour & Human Resources at the Lee Kong Chian School of Business. His research focuses entirely on trust, including determinants and consequences of interpersonal trust, trust in leadership, trust development processes, trust in the context of networks, trust violations and trust repair strategies, effects of culture on trust, trust in the context of negotiation, and group- and organisation-level trust development and repair. Don received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management in 2000.


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