Hello! I'm Nym, a master's student at SUTD's Urban Science & Policy programme, which integrates social theory, data science, and social science research towards better cities. As a first-gen student who started out in a factory, I was fortunate to receive an undergraduate education at Yale-NUS and Amherst, the top liberal arts colleges of the East & West, where I majored in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics.
My research interests lie around emerging sociological ideas on elevating everyday life and computational social science. Driven by my life experiences, I'm intrigued by community & urban sociology, inequality & opportunity, future of careers & organisations, capitalist & consumerist culture, and intersectional dehumanization. I've published computational climate policy research in Nature Climate Change, the world's top environmental science journal. My BA thesis on political representation won the Honorable Mention for PPE and will culminate in multiple publications. I also attended the global graduate-level 2021 Summer Institutes in Computational Social Science as an undergraduate.
Beyond the academia, my policy ideas have clinched global awards from the New York Times, ASEAN, and NUS, addressing diverse issues from socioeconomic mobility to gender empowerment. I once presented an educational inequality policy proposal to Singapore's Education Minister, interviewed 7 Members of Parliament on their representative behaviour, and Taipei's mayor & the Chief Smart City Officers of 4 ASEAN cities on their urban liveability innovations. I was an inaugural Arete Fellow at Effective Altruism Singapore and a 2018 Yale-NUS Travel Fellow, where I investigated spiritual institutions and a life well lived around Western China & Tibet.
Fascinated by how novel institutions can address our era's inequities, I've found joy building multidimensional communities as the founding Co-President of Humanism.Yale-NUS, inaugural Vice-President (Policy) of the Roosevelt Institute@Yale-NUS, inaugural Chair of the In-Betweeners (First-Gen/Low-Income) Collective at Yale-NUS, and founding member of Protege Ventures - respectively Singapore's first student-run secular spirituality society, public policy think-tank, socioeconomic identity collective, and venture capital fund. The sky's the limit, literally - I also pioneered stargazing initiatives as President of Ashen Light: Yale-NUS Astronomy.
Otherwise, I explore worlds via humanistic science fiction, realism & transcendental literature, plus Daily Bald's travel vlogs.