As a social policy and welfare scholar, Jin Yao, Kwan’s research is inter- and trans-disciplinary, centering on the development, well-being, as well as civic engagement of adolescents, especially those from low-income families. To this end, Kwan focuses on the influence of the family and the community on adolescents. His mixed-methods dissertation examines the relationship between social capital and the well-being of low-income single-parent families in Singapore. His other ongoing research projects study the long-term outcomes of COVID-19 on adolescents as well as the forms of civic and community engagement in which adolescents are involved. Through his research, Kwan aims to inform the design of public policies to address the structural problems of poverty and inequality, by leveraging on the strengths of adolescents and their communities.
In addition, he is experienced in diverse research methods. Quantitatively, he has expertise in survey design and longitudinal analysis, including applied and advanced inferential statistics. Qualitatively, he is trained in the tradition of constructivist grounded theory and does in-depth interviews and focus group discussions.
Kwan graduated as valedictorian of his class in the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore (NUS), also winning the best policy analysis exercise award. Kwan earned his B.A. and M.P.P. from NUS. To bridge research, practice, and policies, he runs socialservice.sg, a website, newsletter, and podcast covering social service research in Singapore. Ph.D. expected in Spring 2021.
You can learn more about his work here: https://www.kwanjinyao.com