Class of 2018. "Civil Society and Environmental Policymaking"
Hello, Kimberly Hoong here (and don’t worry, I’m not as crazy as I look in my picture)! I’ve always been interested in the natural environment and loved the outdoors since young. Give me anything outdoor and nature-related, and I’d do it. Given my love for the outdoors, it only seemed natural for me to major in Environmental Studies when I came to Yale-NUS.
I strongly believe that economic and sustainable development can happen simultaneously, and that environmental policymaking is one of the most powerful methods and tools we can utilise for positive environmental change. I have no idea where I am going to end up 10, 20, 30 years from now, but I hope that I can help spur progressive environmental policies for either business corporations or wildlife conservation.
Fun fact: Bear Grylls is my childhood idol, and my childhood dream was to end up working as a TV presenter at National Geographic or Discovery Channel, and maybe produce a show of my own called ‘Woman VS Wild’.
Area of Specialisation
Civil Society & Environmental Policymaking. I am particularly interested in how civil society groups (e.g. NGOs, public interest groups, normal civilians) participate and influence environmental policymaking in Singapore, where decision making seems largely top-down, with the government asserting significant power and authority in the policymaking arena. When it comes to environmental issues and land development, how do environmental groups try to get their voices heard? Is it possible to balance the Singaporean government’s agenda for economic development and growth with nature conservation and environmental sustainability? Can civil society participate in policymaking and have a meaningful voice in how things develop? My capstone research specifically explored how civil society groups influenced policymaking on the issue of transboundary haze in Singapore.