Catherine Wong is assistant professor at the Department of Sociology and part of the Cultural Sociology Programme Group. She specialises in the perception-action gap in the area of climate change with a focus on climate policy, energy policy and green finance. Her research focuses on how the environment and technologies shape risk perceptions, and how those perceptions, in turn, shape the policies, institutions and (financial) instruments that govern social and environmental change. Catherine also dabbles in experimental research, particularly with the use of online gaming interventions to explore the constitution of culture and its role in shaping resilience against online dis/misinformation.
Catherine has published extensively on public and elite risk perceptions in climate change, nuclear energy, green finance and the implications for sustainability. For her work on green finance, she received the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) Directorate Fellowship in Potsdam (Germany) in 2019, and a Research Scholarship at the University of Cambridge, Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER) 2021.
Catherine received her PhD in Environmental Sociology from the Australian National University (ANU) and a Masters in Global Studies from the University of Freiburg in Germany. She has held research positions at James Cook University (Australia), the University of Luxembourg (Luxembourg), and the National University of Singapore. Catherine also spent time in the private sector as a business planning analyst at Hewlett Packard in Ireland, programme coordinator at the Global Development Network in India, and a journalist for The Business Times and The Straits Times in Singapore.
Wong, C.M.L (2018) Energy, Risk and Governance: The Case of Nuclear Energy in India. London: Palgrave Macmillan Publishers, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-63363-3
Wong, C. M. L. (2021) “Temporality and systemic risk: the case of green bonds”, Journal of Risk Research, 45(1): pp110-120
Wong, C., Hesse, M., & Sigler, T. J. (2021). “City-states in relational urbanization: the case of Luxembourg and Singapore.” Urban Geography, pp1-22. doi:10.1080/02723638.2021.1878331
Mark C. J. S., McLevey, J., Schweizer, V. and Wong, C. M. L. (2020) “Climate change and energy futures - theoretical frameworks, epistemological issues, and methodological perspectives”, Society & Natural Resources, 33(11): pp1331-1338
Wong, C. M. L. and Lockie, S. (2020) “Climate policy and industry elite perceptions of risk and uncertainty: a cross-national study”, Society & Natural Resources, 33(11), pp1399-1418
Wong, C. M. L. and Jensen, O. (2020) “The paradox of trust: perceived risk and public compliance during the COVID-19 pandemic in Singapore”, Journal of Risk Research, 23(7-8): pp1021-1030
Hesse, M. and Wong, C. M. L. (2019) “A relational lens on cities. Niche-economic strategies and related urban development trajectories in Geneva (Switzerland), Luxembourg (Luxembourg) and Singapore”, Geographischen Zeitschrift, 108(2020/2), pp74-98
Wong, C. M. L and Lockie, S. (2018) “Sociology, risk and the environment: a material-semiotic approach”, Journal of Risk Research, 21(9), pp1077-1092.
Wong, C. M. L (2018) “Review of fact and fiction in global energy policy: 15 contentious questions.”, Edited by B. K. Sovacool, M. A. Brown, and S. V. Valentine, Risk Analysis, 38(4), pp866-868.
Jetzkowitz, J., Koppen, V-K., Lidskog, R., Lieske, V-K, Wong, C. M. L., (2017) “The significance of meaning. Why IPBES needs the social sciences and humanities”, Innovation: The European Journal of Social Science Research, 31(1), pp38-60.
Wong, C. M. L (2016) “Assembling interdisciplinary energy research through an Actor Network Theory (ANT) frame”, Energy Research and Social Science, Vol. 12 (February 2016), pp106-110.
Wong, C. M. L (2015a) “The mutable nature of risk and acceptability: a hybrid risk governance framework”, Risk Analysis, 33 (11), pp.1969-1982.
Wong, C. M. L (2015b) “Organisational risk perception and transformations in India’s nuclear establishment", Journal of Risk Research, 8(8), pp1012-1029.
Wong, C. M. L (2012) “The developmental state in ecological modernisation and the politics of environmental framings: the case of Singapore and implications for East Asia” Nature and Culture, 7(1), pp95-119.
Goodsite, M., Wong C. M. L, Hertel, O., Moseholm, L. (2010) “Responses to air pollution based on historical and current policies in the EU and ASEAN”, Global Environment, 3(6), pp150-183.
Lockie, S., and Wong, C. M. L. (2018) "Conflicting temporalities of social and environmental change". In M. Boström and D. Davidson (Eds.), Environment and Society: Concepts and Challenges. (pp. 327-350). London: Palgrave and Macmillan.
Lockie, S. and Wong, C.M.L (2017) “Risk, sustainability and time: sociological perspectives” in Schandl, H. and Walker, I. (2017) Sustainability: Social Science Contributions. (pp. 187-198) Canberra: CSIRO Publishing
Wong, C. M. L (2017) “The clash of risk perceptions: reconciling ‘the publics’ and ‘the experts’” in Janardhanan, N., Pant, G. and Grover, R. (Eds) Resurgence of Nuclear Power: Challenges and Opportunities for Asia. (pp. 105-124) Singapore: Springer
Wong, C. M. L (2010) “Facing the storm through the market”, in Montesano, M. J. and Lee, P.O. (Eds), Regional Outlook 2010-2011. (pp. 72-28) Singapore: ISEAS Publishing, ISBN: 978-981-4279-53-6
Wong, C. M. L. (2021) “Inoculation Against Fake News? An experiment using a fake news game in the context of COVID-19. Preliminary Key Findings Report”, National University of Singapore, Singapore [Download report here]
Wong, C. M. L., Hesse, M. (2019) “Small but Global Cities: A Comparative Analysis of Luxembourg & Singapore: Stakeholder Report”, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg [Download report here.]
Stoddart, M., Wong, C. M. L, Schweizer, V., McLevy, J. (2018) “Climate Change and Energy Futures: Final Report”, Memorial University, Newfoundland, Canada [Download report here]
Wong, C. M. L (2006), “A Comparative Study of Key Socio-Economic Indicators in China and India”, Ireland: Hewlett-Packard Dublin Inkjet Manufacturing Operation (DIMO), Dublin: HP Internal Publications.
Opinion Editorials & Commentaries (Selected)
Koh. C.G., Lee, L., Lo, C., Wong, C.M.L, Yap, J. (2020) “A socio-psychological perspective” in World Economic Forum Insight Report, Challenges and Opportunities in the Post-COVID-19 World (pp 44-48). Geneva: World Economic Forum
Wong, C. M. L., Koh, C. G and Lee, L. (2020) “Outbreaks of diseases make us exaggerate or under-estimate risks. The COVID-19 shows that”, Channel News Asia, 20 Feb
Wong, C. M. L. (2015) “Energy security in Southeast Asia? Let’s start with the future”, The Kyoto Review of Southeast Asia, No.18, http://kyotoreview.org/yav/energy-security-southeast-asia-the-future/
Wong, C. M. L. (2014) “The Australia-India nuclear deal – a qualitative risk analysis perspective”, Australian Resources and Investment, 8(4), pp155-156 (By invitation)
Wong, C. M. L. (2014) “Australian uranium deal could make Indian nuclear power safer”, The Conversation, 5 Sept
Wong, C. M. L (2012) “India's nuclear programme: Trust abroad but not at home”, Al Jazeera, 3 Nov
Wong, C. M. L. (2010) “When green is the colour of exclusion”, The Straits Times, 6 Jul
Wong, C. M. L (2010) “Fit human life and capitalism to nature”, The Straits Times, 25 Feb
Wong, C. M. L (2009) “Clean-growth opportunities for Southeast Asia”, The Business Times, 17 Nov
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