Dr Lavanya BALACHANDRAN
Designation : Postdoctoral Fellow
Office : AS8, #07-40
Telephone : N/A
Status : Staff
Introduction

Dr Balachandran has commenced a two-year appointment as a Postdoctoral Fellow within the Changing Family cluster in the Asia Research Institute and Centre for Family and Population Research with effect from 3 July 2017.

She is a sociologist who is interested in understanding social inequality and social exclusion in Singapore society, and in particular about how marginalized groups/individuals respond to and cope with structural disadvantage in their everyday lives. Her thesis titled “Labouring to Learn: A Sociological Assessment of Educational Underachievement amongst Tamil Youths in Singapore” uses a qualitative approach to examine how social capital mediates the interactive effects of ‘race and class’ on educational performance amongst Singaporean ethnic Tamil youths.

At ARI, she hopes to explore the relationship dynamics within ‘blended families’ in Singapore and specifically examine how parenting practices and values are reconfigured and how children in these families adapt and cope with the struggles of a changing family structure.   Her wider research interests include race and ethnicity, multiculturalism, family, education, social inequality and qualitative methods.

Dr Balachandran will be located at AS8, Room 07-40 email: arilb