Social Studies & Statistics Programme

What is Social Science & Statistics Programme

Relying heavily on quantitative data, we identify and analyse the qualitative consequences of the many changes visited on a society that is as diverse and open as Penang’s has been and is. Racial, gender, religious and demographic issues inform much of our studies, as do the income gap and the nature of social inequalities.

Who are the team members?

Ong Wooi Leng, Head, Social Science & Statistics Programme
She holds two master’s degrees in Social Sciences (Economics) from University Sains Malaysia (USM) and the National University of Singapore (NUS). Prior to her admission at NUS, she had been involved in many socio-economics projects at Penang Institute. A few notable ones include public finance, economic trends and higher education studies. She was also engaged in tourism project with professors at USM. She actively publishes papers in academic journals and articles in Penang Monthly. Her research interest lies in industrial economics and consumer behaviours.

Dr. Mustafa Kamal Anuar, Fellow, Social Science & Statistics Programme
Dr Mustafa Kamal Anuar is an academic in communication studies prior to this appointment, his research concerns include media and communications, human rights and culture. He was recipient of the British High Commissioner’s Chevening Award and of Nippon Foundation Fellowships for Asian Public Intellectuals.

Yeong Pey Jung, Senior Analyst, Social Science & Statistics Programme
She holds a Masters in Business from Swinburne University of Technology and a double degree in Arts (Psychology & Political Science) and Commerce (Economics) from University of Melbourne. Her main research work includes gender equality, minority marginalization and socio-economic issues in youth development. Other research interests include the Malaysia NEP, affirmative action in a welfare state, and the politics of international trade.

Mohd Izzuddin Ramli, Analyst, Social Science & Statistics Programme
Graduated from Universiti Sains Malaysia with BA and MA in Political Science. He conducted a number of research work in Penang and his research interest in local politics, and Malay, post-colonial and subaltern studies. He took part in community work in Penang and also tutored undergraduate students in Universiti Sains Malaysia. He writes occasionally for The Malaysian Insider.


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