Dr. Simona Azzali et al.
This research seeks to understand how hawker centres in urban spaces are being practiced (lived), perceived and represented (conceived) by Singaporeans (which includes hawkers, customers and government organisations), residents and visitors as tools of social cohesion.
This study provides a reflection on the roles of hawker centres in enhancing social cohesion in a multi-cultural setting in Singapore. The study contributes to theory and practice by using a set of dimensions to assess if hawker centres can be a tool/means for fostering social cohesion. If so, how this will enhance Singapore’s status as a hawker culture.
The findings aim to address the validity of hawker centres as a catalyst for social cohesion and has implications for how policy should develop and of the conceptual framework within which social cohesion could be enhanced in the future. It also aim to address aspects of the sustainable developmental goals in making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable as well as promoting a just, peaceful and inclusive society.
The findings will also have implications for multilevel governance in cluster formation and policy, future research on food, as well as for theories on innovation, urban creativity, and governance.
For more details on this project, or to discuss other research interests, please contact Dr Simona Azzali (firstname.lastname@example.org), Dr Zilmiyah Kamble (email@example.com) or Dr Caroline Wong (firstname.lastname@example.org).