Adrian Kwek

Associate Professor Adrian Kwek

Associate Professor

Core Learning

Tel: +65 ​​6248 0148

Email: YWRyaWFua3dla3NrQHN1c3MuZWR1LnNn

Educational Qualifications

  • 2012
    PhD (Philosophy), Harvard University

  • 2006
    AM (Philosophy), Harvard University

  • 2003
    Post-Graduate Diploma in Primary Education, National Institute of Education

  • 2002
    MA (Philosophy), National University of Singapore

  • 2000
    BA (Philosophy, First Class Honours), National University of Singapore

Academic and Professional Experience

  • 2020 - Present
    Member, SUSS Institutional Review Board (Human Biomedical Research)

  • 2020 - Present
    Chair, SUSS Institutional Review Board

  • 2019
    Member, SUSS Academic Audit Committee

  • 2018 - Present
    Senior Lecturer, SUSS

  • 2016 - 2018
    Member, SUSS Internal Audit Committee

  • 2014 - 2019
    Member, SUSS Institutional Review Board

  • 2013 - 2017
    Lecturer, UniSIM/SUSS

  • 2012 - 2013
    Teacher, Anglo-Chinese School (Independent)

  • 2005 - 2008, 2010
    Teaching Fellow, Harvard University

  • 2007 - 2009
    Dudley Fellow, Harvard University

  • 2006 - 2007
    Assistant Dudley Fellow, Harvard University

  • 2000 - 2001
    Tutor, National University of Singapore

Journal Articles:

  • Kwek, A. “The “Risks of Routine Tests” and Analogical Reasoning in Assessments of Minimal Risk.” The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy. Forthcoming in 2021.
  • Kwek, A. “Crowdsourced Research: Vulnerability, Autonomy and Exploitation.” Ethics & Human Research. Vol. 42, No. 1, 2020.
  • Kwek, A. “The Indispensability of Labelled Groups to Vulnerability in Bioethics.” Bioethics. Vol. 1, Issue 9, 2017.
  • Kwek, A. “Dworkin and the Archimedean’s Lever.” Journal of Philosophical Research. Special Conference Supplement: Ethical Issues for the 21st Century. Charlottesville, VA: Philosophy Documentation Press, 2005.

Book Chapter:

  • Kwek, A. “The Pedagogical Contributions of the Peripheral Spaces of Walks: Fort Canning and Tiong Bahru.” Cultural Heritage and Peripheral Spaces in Singapore. By Lim Tai Wei. Singapore: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.

Conference Presentations:

  • Kwek, A. “Justifying a Disinformation Response Competency Test Instrument.” Winter 2020. eLearning Forum Asia 2020, Virtual Conference on Zoom, Hosted by The Chinese University of Hong Kong, HK.
  • Kwek, A. “The Vulnerability Heuristic.” Summer 2019. Oxford Global Health and Bioethics International Conference 2019, Keble College, Oxford University, Oxford, UK.
  • Kwek, A. “The Indispensability of Labels to a Theory of Bioethical Vulnerability.” Summer 2016. 13th World Congress of the International Association of Bioethics, Edinburgh International Conference Centre; and Institute of Medical Ethics Conference 2016, Institute of Medical Ethics, Edinburgh, UK.
  • Kwek, A. “Downward Causation as Role Causation.” Summer 2014. 43rd Annual Meeting of the Society for Exact Philosophy, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California, USA.
  • Kwek, A. “The Malfunction Problem and the Functional Individuation of Biological Traits.” Fall 2011. The Sixth Annual Mark L. Shapiro Graduate Philosophy Conference, Brown University. Commentator: Miquel Miralbés del Pino (Brown University). Spring 2012. The 86th Annual APA Pacific Division Meeting, Westin Seattle, Seattle, Washington, USA. Commentator: Shawn A. Miller (University of California at Davis).
  • Kwek, A. “The Predictive Character of Causal Explanations and Fodor’s Cross-Context Test.” Spring 2010. Southeast Philosophy Graduate Conference, University of Florida at Gainesville. Commentator: Andreas Falke (University of Florida at Gainesville). Spring 2010. Inter-Mountain West Student Philosophy Conference, University of Utah. Spring 2010. Graduate Student Philosophy Conference, Intersections with the Philosophy of Language, Brandeis University. Commentator: Richard Sandlin (Brandeis University).
  • Kwek, A. “Knowing Which and Being Located.” Spring 2007. The 31st Annual Mid-South Philosophy Conference, University of Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee, USA. Commentator: Mylan Engel Jr. (Northern Illinois University).
  • Kwek, A. “Dworkin and the Archimedean’s Lever.” Fall 2001. Morality in the 21st Century, conference jointly sponsored by the American Philosophical Association and the University of Delaware, University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware, USA.


  • Kwek, A. “Implicit Bias and the Cultivation of Racial Harmony.” The Straits Times. 7th August 2020.
  • Kwek, A. “Fanning the Flames: When Attempts to Call Out Misinformation Backfire.” The Straits Times. 19th April 2019.
  • Kwek, A. “Sweet Spot in Informed Consent Lies in Idea of ‘Core Disclosures’.” The Straits Times. 15th March 2019.
  • Kwek, A. “To Fight Fake News, Build Character and Critical Thinking Skills.” The Straits Times. 1st March 2018.
  • Kwek, A. “Encourage Civic Friendship for Social Harmony.” The Sunday Times. 25th October 2015.


  • 2011 - 2012
    Graduate Society Fellowship Dissertation Completion Grant

  • 2010
    Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Certificate of Distinction for Teaching

  • 2010 - 2011
    Research Fellowship from the Martin Fund

  • 2000
    Class Valedictorian

  • 2000
    Philosophy Book Prize (shared)

  • 1999
    Philosophy Book Prize

  • 1997 - 1999
    Dean’s List

  • Anonymous reviewer for the following journals: Ethics & Human Research and Medicine, Healthcare and Philosophy.

  • Review panellist, Humanities and Social Sciences Research Programme 2020, Ministry of Education, Singapore.

  • Expert mentor, “An Investigation into the Ethics of Mitochondrial Genome Replacement Technology.” Humanities and Social Sciences Research Programme 2020, Ministry of Education, Singapore.

  • Review panellist, Humanities and Social Sciences Research Programme 2019, Ministry of Education, Singapore.

  • Expert mentor, “Analogical Reasoning between Eugenics and Germline Gene Editing.” Humanities and Social Sciences Research Programme 2019, Ministry of Education, Singapore.

  • Audit panellist, 2019 SUSS Accreditation for Specialist Certificate in Intangible Asset Management, IP Academy Singapore.

  • “Sharing on SUSS-IRB.” Presentation at the Singapore Institute of Technology Institutional Review Board Retreat, Dover Road Campus, 22nd February 2019.

  • Research team, Public Transportation Customer Satisfaction Survey 2016. Commissioned by the Land Transport Authority, Singapore.

  • Expert mentor, “An Issue of Tolerance: Singaporean Youth and their Perceptions of Semi-Skilled Foreign Workers.” Humanities and Social Science Sciences Research Programme 2016, Ministry of Education, Singapore.

  • Expert mentor, “Multiculturalism and Government Policies in Singapore: Two Case Studies.” Humanities and Social Science Sciences Research Programme 2016, Ministry of Education, Singapore.

  • Anonymous reviewer, International Conference on Well-Being: National Accounts of Happiness and Social Development 2016. SIM University, Singapore.

  • Facilitator, “Ethics in Research.” Inter-School Philosophy Dialogue 2016, Raffles Girls School, Singapore, 9th July 2016.

  • Expert mentor, “Liberal and Communitarian Aspects of the Governing Philosophy in Singapore.” Humanities and Social Science Sciences Research Programme 2015, Ministry of Education, Singapore.

  • “Goodwill in Liberal Toleration.” Keynote talk at Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) Theory of Knowledge Focus Day, 22nd August 2014.
  • Vulnerability in ethics
  • Critical thinking
  • “Developing a Disinformation Response Competency Test Instrument.” Principal Investigator, NIE-MOE Education Research Funding Programme (ERFP). $43, 280.40. In progress.
  • “Talking the Walk – A Spatial History of Singapore’s Natural and Cultural Heritage Peripheries.” Co-Principal Investigator, UniSIM CFAR Project RF15UC06. $10, 320. Completed (1st August 2015 - 31st July 2017).
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