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Singapore’s Dilemma as a City- State: Just City or Global City?

27 February 2014 | 3:00pm – 5:00pm | MND Auditorium

Networking & Registrations from 3:00pm (guests to be seated by 3:30pm)

Free Admission Prior registration required here


Can a city be both just and globally competitive? Are the ideals of inclusiveness and equality compatible with long-term economic growth? Would a focus on just outcomes compromise Singapore’s aspirations to be a leading global city? How can Singapore grapple with this dilemma as it charts its urban future? Professor Susan and Norman Fainstein, renowned scholars in the field of urban studies, tackle these issues in their panel discussion.


Prof. Susan Fainstein

Senior Research Fellow, Harvard Graduate School of Design
Prior to Harvard Graduate School of Design, Prof. Susan Fainstein has been a professor of planning in Columbia University and Rutgers University. Prof. Susan Fainstein received the Distinguished Educator Award of the Association of American Schools of Planning (ACSP), which recognises lifetime career achievement, the Davidoff Book Award of the ACSP for her book “The Just City”, and has been a resident fellow at the Rockefeller Foundation Center for Scholars at Bellagio. She has also served as a consultant to various public organisations.

Prof. Norman Fainstein

President Emeritus & Professor Emeritus, Social and Urban Studies, Connecticut College
Prof. Norman Fainstein joined the Connecticut College community as its ninth president for five years then became a visiting scholar at the Kennedy School and at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he was president in residence. Prof. Norman Fainstein held a Rockefeller Foundation fellowship as a resident of the Bellagio Study Center and was a founding editor of “Ethnic and Racial Studies”. He has also served as the Chief Academic Officer at Vassar College and published several scholarly articles and many books co-authored with Prof. Susan Fainstein.

Assoc. Prof. Kenneth Paul Tan

Vice Dean, Academic Affairs, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKYSPP), National University of Singapore (NUS)

Prior to LKYSPP, A/P Tan was an Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science in NUS. He was also a Visiting fellow at Harvard Kennedy School and at the Humanities Research Centre in Australian National University. A/P Tan was also awarded the Outstanding Educator Award in NUS, the highest teaching honour awarded annually by the University, in 2009. His research interests include principles of public policy, focusing on meritocracy, pragmatism and public engagement; spatial justice in Asian cities and Singapore’s politics, society and culture.




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