Research Overview


This page links to the various research programs that are hosted by the Global Asia Institute. Select a research area on the left to view a program and its associated pages. GAI hosts research programs in the following areas:

  • Behavioural Change - Behavioral change refers to any transformation or modification of human behavior. It may also refer to a broad range of activities and approaches which focus on the individual, community, and environmental influences on behavior. In recent years, there has been increased interest in the application of behavioral change theories in the areas of health, education, criminology, energy and international development with the hope that understanding behavioral change will improve the services offered in these areas.

  • Data Analytics - Asia is an integral part of a world immersed in service systems that are often large and complex. In this era of information explosion, an enormous amount of data has been collected by organizations for various reasons and there is great potential to harness this data to improve individual, organizational and societal well-being. Analytics deals with the study of data with the aim of discovering new and useful information, validating/refuting existing hypotheses, and creating realistic data-driven mathematical models that facilitate complex decision and policy making.  It empowers stakeholders with the knowledge and tools to make informed and timely decisions in a complex environment with risk and uncertainty.   

  • JY Pillay Comparative Asia Research Centre (JYPCARC) - The JYP CARC was set up under NUS GAI in 2012 to pursue comparative research into key development issues facing Asia, in particular its three “giants” – China, India and Indonesia. The Centre, named in honour of renowned policy maker and corporate leader, Professor J Y Pillay, was established with S$5 million of funding consisting of generous gifts from Singapore Exchange and Singapore Airlines, with co-funding by NUS.

  • Life Cycle Financing - NUS-GAI has identified lifecycle financing as its signature research project because this issue cuts across multiple research clusters (Finance & Risk Management, Ageing, and Biomedical Science & Translational Research) and it is one of the most critical issues facing the rapidly aging populations in many Asian countries including Singapore. The lifecycle financing issue is complex and good solutions will likely involve  insights from multiple disciplines including economics, engineering, finance, life sciences, medicine, public health, psychology, real estate, statistics, and etc.

  • NUS Initiative to Improve Health in Asia (NIHA) - NIHA is an integrative initiative to improve public health and healthcare delivery in Asia. NIHA is made possible with S$17 million, 10-year funding from the GlaxoSmithKline-Economic Development Board Trust Fund, and is coordinated by the NUS Global Asia Institute (NUS GAI), in collaboration with the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine and the NUS Business School. The ultimate goal of NIHA is to strengthen health delivery services in Asia through improved research, governance and sustainable financing. NIHA aims to have a highly relevant, wide-ranging and significant impact through its multi-disciplinary activities.