Assoc. Prof. Shirley S. Ho
Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information
Smart & Sustainable Building Technologies
Energy Research Institute @ NTU (ERI@N)
Phone: (+65) 6790 6044
Office: WKWSCI 03-50
Dr. Shirley S. Ho is Associate Professor and Assistant Chair (Faculty) in the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. She is an expert in the area of science communication, in which she investigates cross-cultural public opinion dynamics related to science and technology, with potential health or environmental impacts. Her work emphasizes the roles of values, social media and other emerging modes of communication in shaping public attitudes toward science and technology. Her research also focuses on understanding factors motivating scientists’ communication and engagement with the public and the media.
She is the Principal Investigator (PI) of several large-scale, interdisciplinary research projects that are funded by the National Research Foundation (NRF), the Ministry of Education (MOE), and the Info-communications Media Development Authority in Singapore. She is currently leading Project “PONdER” (Public Opinion of Nuclear Energy), funded by NRF, that seeks to examine how the general public in Southeast Asia form perceptions toward nuclear energy, so as to influence nuclear policy and research. She is also PI of “Scientists as Public Intellectuals: Public Communication of Science and Technology” (funded by MOE) that investigates how best to motivate scientists to communicate their research findings to the general public.
She serves as co-PI on several grants funded by the Defence Science Organization, the National Medical Research Council, and the Workplace Health Safety Institute in Singapore. Her research has won top faculty paper awards at major international conferences. She currently serves as Associate Editor for the Asian Journal of Communication, Environmental Communication, and the Oxford Encyclopedia for Climate Change Communication. She serves on the editorial board of Mass Communication & Society, Journal of Media Psychology, and Frontiers in Communication (Health Communication). She was the elected Head (2014-15) of the Communicating Science, Health, Environmental, and Risk Division at AEJMC. She received her B.A. in Communication Studies (1st Class Honors) from NTU in 2002.
Under a NTU overseas scholarship, she obtained her M.A. and Ph.D. Degrees in Communication from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA, in 2005 and 2008, respectively.