Dr Lai Ah Eng

Dr Lai Ah Eng
Adjunct Senior Fellow, University Scholars Programme, National University of Singapore

Lai Ah Eng (PhD Cambridge) is an adjunct senior fellow at the University Scholars Programme (USP), National University of Singapore (NUS) where she teaches two modules on multiculturalism and religious issues. Her previous research appointments include senior research fellow at the Asia Research Institute, NUS; the Institute of Policy Studies, NUS, and the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore. Her early work-career in research, policy and advocacy were with National Archives of Singapore, Housing and Development Board, Singapore and Consumers Association of Penang, Malaysia.

Trained in economics, development studies and social anthropology, Dr Lai’s research fields are in multiculturalism, ethnicity and religion; migration and diversity; family and gender; and local communities, histories and heritages. She has published several major works, such as Religion in Singapore (2017), Religious Diversity in Singapore (2008), Migration and Diversity in Asian Contexts (2013), Beyond Rituals and Riots (2004); and Meanings of Multiethnicity (1995), and numerous articles and book chapters.

Dr Lai has sat on several national and ministry-level committees, including the Malay Heritage Foundation. She is a founding member of the Association of Women for Action and Research and a social music platform Labour of Love Community.