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Bryan Cheang earned his Bachelors of Social Sciences (Hons) in Political Science and History from the National University of Singapore in 2015, having also achieved the Straits Steamship Award for Best Student in Political Science and History. He completed his MA in Political Economy from King's College London before beginning his PhD research in 2018. He is also the recipient of the Humane Studies Fellowship from Institute for Humane Studies and the John Blundell Studentship from the Adam Smith Institute. 

His research interests are in the intersections of political philosophy and political economy, and is most keen on exploring how entrepreneurs and institutions interact to promote economic prosperity. His PhD topic, through a comparative case study approach, investigates the concept of the developmental state as applied in economic policymaking in Singapore and Hong Kong's recent development experience. 

Bryan also spent two years in the Singapore civil service in an economic policymaking agency, SPRING Singapore, where he worked on human capital solutions for small-medium enterprises. 

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Doctoral research

The role of the developmental state in the economic development experience of Singapore and Hong Kong

Research interests

  • Political Economy of Development
  • Industrial Policy
  • Economic Policy-making
  • Institutional Economics 


Prof. Mark Pennington and Dr. Samuel DeCanio