Bio and CV
I was an urban planner in Singapore, involved in urban research and public policy formulation for many years. My interests navigate the intersections between marginalization, urban policy, and social justice in cities. As Senior Assistant Director with the policy research think-tank - Centre for Liveable Cities (CLC), Singapore, I led the housing and social research teams, focusing on issues relating to planning, affordable housing, immigration and diversity. Having been awarded the International Doctoral Fellowship by UBC, I moved to Vancouver in Fall 2018 to extend my work with marginalized communities, and to build competencies in community planning and participatory action research. Broadly, I am interested in the relationship of the brain and the city, to explore the extent to which urban planning and city building are complicit in the mental health issues we are witnessing in many cities. Deploying the term 'neuropolis' (Fitzgerald, Rose and Singh, 2016), I seek to understand the city as a matrix of transactions between individuals and the environment, enveloped in how physical spaces and social lives are organised in a digital age. More pertinently, I am concerned with how the changing urban experience impacts on people's wellbeing, and how digitization in particular, is recasting worldviews through the reconfiguration of knowledges around how we dwell, how socio-spatial relationships in the city have been reformatted, and with what consequences.
Louisa holds a BA and a MSSc in Geography, both from the National University of Singapore.
Khoo, L-M (2019) “Making Trust a Planning Asset: Singapore's Community Engagement Journey” in Urban Solutions
Khoo, L-M and Boh, J (2018), “Engaging Well, Forging Bonds: The Community as Stakeholders in Urban Development”, Centre for Liveable Cities, Singapore.
Khoo, L-M, et. al. (2017) “Understanding Ethnic and Nationality Clusters in Singapore: the Meyer Road Neighbourhood”, internal government report (classified), Ministry of National Development, Singapore.
Khoo, L-M and Bunnell, T (2017) 'Producing Cohesion: Governmentality and Everyday Multiculture in Global City Singapore', paper presented at Migrants in Global Cities: Experiences from Asia, the Middle East and Europe | National University of Singapore (NUS) and Universite Sorbonne Paris Cite (USPC) | October 30, 2017
Khoo, L-M (2017) “Governing Difference: Managed multiculture and encounters at play in Singapore”. Masters Thesis (closed). Department of Geography. National University of Singapore.
Khoo, L-M (2017), “Living with Diversity the Singapore Way” in Urban Solutions, Issue 10: Diversity, Centre for Liveable Cities, Singapore.
Wu WN and Khoo, L-M, “The case for building new HDB flats in the city centre” in The Straits Times, 4 Nov 2016.
Chionh Chye Khye and Louisa-May Khoo (2016) “Home, Community, Identity: Singapore’s Public Housing Story” in Challenges and Reforms in Urban Governance: Insights from the Development Experience of China and Singapore , jointly published by the Ministry of National Development and the Development Research Centre of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China.
International Doctoral Fellowship (2018-2023), University of British Columbia
(2012-present): Senior Assistant Director (Adjunct), Centre for Liveable Cities, Singapore
Lecturer, Fujitsu-Jaims Foundation, “From Plans to Reality”, Global Leaders for Innovation and Knowledge Management Programme (Biannually in Singapore 2015-2018)