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PROF Lily Kong


Professor Lily Kong is President and Lee Kong Chian Chair Professor of Social Sciences at the Singapore Management University.

She is internationally renowned for her research on social and cultural change in Asian cities, with analyses of myriad dimensions of urbanscapes, from religious landscapes, cultural monuments, creative clusters, to urban heritage and conservation.  Amongst her more than 100 publications are the following books: Conserving the Past, Creating the Future: Urban Heritage in Singapore (2011), Arts, Culture and the Making of Global Cities: Creating New Urban Landscapes in Asia (with Ching C-H and Chou T-L, 2015), Food, Foodways and Foodscapes: Culture, Community and Consumption in Post-Colonial Singapore (with Vineeta Sinha, 2015) and Religion and Space: Competition, Conflict and Violence in the Contemporary World (with Orlando Woods, 2016).   

An award-winning researcher and teacher, Professor Kong has received five international fellowship awards including the Commonwealth Fellowship Award and the Fulbright Fellowship Award. She has also won an award from the Association of American Geographers for her contributions to the study of religion. 

She is a member of Singapore’s Public Service Commission, and Board member of A*STAR, Centre for Liveable Cities, Housing and Development Board, National Heritage Board, Singapore Art Museum, The Esplanade Co. Ltd and member of the Social Science Research Council.  She has also been active on numerous other local and international committees, including the Founders’ Memorial Committee and the United Nations University Council.

Last updated on 11 Jan 2019 .