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HASS is a vibrant community of research scholars, representing a wide range of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. Its thriving research community means that HASS provides SUTD undergraduates with serious grounding in the methods of social and intellectual inquiry, in rigorous evaluation of truth claims and in informed decision-making. Faculty research covers themes ranging from Greek philosophy to medieval South Asian literature to urban studies, game theory and filmmaking. It encourages students to acquire the capacity for self-reflection and critical thinking in order to nurture leaders deeply aware of the social role and impact of innovations in the fields of technology and design. HASS has been active in promoting and enhancing its research capabilities.


HASS regularly organises international conferences and workshops on timely themes in the social sciences and the humanities.

  • DH Asia Webinar Series: New Horizon of Digital Humanities? Computational Social Science and its Application by Dr. Hsuanlei Shao, 15 November 2023
  • “Ethics and Economics” conference, January 19-20, 2017
  • “Ideals of Leadership in Ancient Greece, Rome and China” workshop, 17 February 2017
  • “The Art and Politics of Translation” symposium, 21 April 2017
  • “Animals in Health and Disease: Science, Ethics and Anthropology” workshop, 28 April 2017
  • “World Literature and Global Core Texts” conference, 26-27 June 2017
  • “Humanities and the City” conference, coming Dec 2017


The Innovative Digital Arts Lab (IDiA Lab) is a physical workspace that provides a location for creation and innovation as well as a forum for collaboration and education in the digital arts. Digital arts include, but is not limited to graphic design, print media, 3D modelling & animation, audio & video editing, website development, database & server-side scripting, mobile & desktop application programming, and game development. In particular the IDiA Lab seeks key areas of excellence including visualisation of data and innovative use of interfaces and input technologies.


The projection room is equipped with three state-of-the-art iMacs that can process the powerful digital cinematography (such as that from our RED cameras). It is a modern-day dark room so that colour editing can be performed in optimum conditions. It will shortly be equipped with a 4k overhead projector and Dolby Surround sound system, so that “rushes” (footage) can be reviewed and critiqued after a shoot is complete.


HASS regularly invites internationally recognised scholars for open presentations and talks. These serve the dual role of linking SUTD scholars to the global research community, and to provide an ever-broadening sphere of topics for SUTD students to learn about. HASS colloquia take place monthly or bi-monthly.

In addition, the HASS research seminar allows faculty members to discuss on-going research projects, facilitates communication within HASS, and provides a platform to engender new, cross-disciplinary research projects.