Seminar | Social Media, Civic Engagement and Public Health: Experiences from a Mobile Initiative in Asia

Seminar | Social Media, Civic Engagement and Public Health: Experiences from a Mobile Initiative in Asia


South and East Asia are some of the most vulnerable regions to infectious diseases. This part of the world is also witnessing some of the fastest growing rates of mobile phone usage. In the past five years, our research team focused on conceptualizing, designing and assessing social media tools to battle infectious diseases, in particular vector borne diseases (e.g. dengue, zika) and viruses (influenza, H1N1). The presentation covers the experiences and findings from studies surrounding the research and development of interventions targeting the dengue problem in the capital city of Colombo, Sri Lanka.


May O. Lwin is Professor at Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. May is Associate Dean for the College of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences and the Director of NTU’s University Scholars Programme. May’s research projects involve the design, utilization and assessment of digitally mediated health communication systems to improve public health. May has won several research grants from external institutes and organizations. Her work on digital technology use in promoting physical activity and nutrition education amongst children and
families is being piloted in schools and a children’s hospital in Singapore. She also investigates how digital communication can be effectively used to promote health messaging and integrates family and peer communication with technology. May has received numerous awards including the Fulbright ASEAN Scholar Award and the Ogilvy Foundation Award for academic leadership.

Date & time

Tue 17 Oct 2017, 4.30–5.45pm


Sir Roland Wilson Building Theatrette


Professor May O. Lwin (Nanyang Technological University)

Event series


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