Elizabeth Ong Ling Lee is Lecturer and Resident Fellow at Residential College 4, NUS. Before joining the College, she held the appointment of Senior Associate Director and Head of the Research Support Unit at her alma mater, the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. There, from 2011 to 2016, she helped to promote research excellence; review, award and manage research grants; plan and implement research benchmarking; and provide a range of services to support faculty research.
Elizabeth received her Masters of Public Administration (MPA) degree in 2010 from the Lee Kuan Yew School, where she was an award recipient of the Dean’s List for Meritorious Achievement. It was in the MPA course that she was first introduced to System Dynamics. She created an original model on the dynamics of finding a life partner in her paper “From Singlehood to Marriage”. The paper drew attention from policy makers and led to invitations to closed-door policy discussions on marriage and parenthood issues in Singapore. Another noteworthy paper that Elizabeth wrote then was “Assisi Hospice – A Haven of Comfort in an Era of Transition and Opportunity”, a health systems analysis of the hospice. As an MPA student, she was assigned to work with Professor John Richardson as his Research Assistant. They co-wrote “The Relevance of Urban Dynamics to Singapore’s Success Story” which was presented at the International System Dynamics Conference in July 2010, and later published “The Improbable Resilience of Singapore” in Solutions Journal in 2012.
An alumnus of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences in NUS and a Public Service Commission Scholar, Elizabeth studied Mathematics, English Language, Philosophy and Sociology for her Bachelor of Arts degree. She was later awarded a Diploma-in-Education (Merit) by the National Institute of Education and subsequently received a Diploma in Teaching English (Distinction in Assignments and Major Project) from the Royal Society of Arts, University of Cambridge.
Prior to joining the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Elizabeth held various teaching and educational leadership and administration positions over a span of 23 years. These include Head of the English Language Department at the Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus Secondary (Toa Payoh), where she taught Mathematics and English Language. Elizabeth was also a Section Head at the School of Communication, Arts and Social Sciences, Singapore Polytechnic (SP), where she specialized in teaching communication and thinking skills and coordinated campus-wide core modules and initiatives. Among these were her creation of “SP Speak”, a forum discussion platform on SP website that promoted critical thinking and writing about issues related to local and global concerns; the organization of service learning for SP students; and the publication of “Be Inspired!”, a book of motivational real-life stories from and by SP students. Elizabeth has also written textbooks, educational study guides and assessment books over a period of 30 years.
With this move to Residential College 4, Elizabeth hopes to combine her passion for teaching with her research interests, which include population and family, marriage and divorce, fertility, relationships, aging, societal and personal resilience. Other interests include logical fallacies evident in everyday use, and in pseudoscience, political propaganda and advertisements.