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HOE Su Fern

Full-time Faculty

Assistant Professor of Arts and Culture Management

School of Social Sciences

Hoe Su Fern is an arts researcher, educator and manager based in Singapore. She is currently Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Arts and Culture Management Programme at Singapore Management University. She also teaches in the MA in Arts and Cultural Management at the Leuphana University of Luneburg.

She has spoken, researched and published widely on cultural policy, urban cultural economies, creative cities, creative placemaking and the conditions of artistic production. She has a wealth of experience in developing, managing and/or coordinating local, regional and global projects in varying formats; all of which advocate for the value of the arts and culture in urban environments. Her practice is informed by her pursuit for practice-oriented and engaged arts research, and her interest in enhancing research impact beyond academia. Past recent projects include Culture | Smart City, an international multi-year project about the role of the arts and culture in the future smart and sustainable city commissioned by The Goethe Institut and the EU National Institutes for Culture; and helming the research portfolio for the Global Cultural Districts Network. She sits on the board for Dance Nucleus, a contemporary performance intermediary based in Singapore. Her ongoing project on documenting arts management practices in Singapore was recognised as one of the best arts, culture and society podcasts in Asia, as part of the Asia Podcast Festival 2022.


  • PhD, University of Melbourne, 2013
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of Melbourne, 2004

Research Interests

  • Arts and Cultural Policy
  • Urban Cultural Economies
  • Arts and Culture in Singapore
  • Creative Placemaking
  • Cultural Memories of Arts Practitioners in Singapore
  • Transnational Cultural Flows

Course(s) Taught in SMU

  • Introduction to Arts and Cultural Management
  • Advanced Arts and Cultural Management
  • Introduction to Performing Arts Management
  • Introduction to Visual Arts Management
  • Arts, Culture Industries and Everyday Life
  • Arts, Culture and the Global City
  • Cultural Policy and Practice