Dr. Cheng Boon Ong

Affiliated researcher

Research group(s):
7. Social Protection

Educational Background
Cheng holds a PhD in Public Policy and Policy Analysis from Maastricht University. Her interdisciplinary background also includes a MSc in Social Policy Analysis (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven), BA in Politics and International Relations (University of Essex) and Diploma in Economics (London School of Economics and Political Science).

Professional and Research Interests
Cheng's research lies at the confluence of social protection, voluntary and forced migration, and applied statistics. Her doctoral research focused on housing and school segregation among migrant-origin households in the Netherlands. Currently she is an Economic Security Data and Analysis Specialist with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

She has worked as a humanitarian assessment officer for Yemen (at REACH Initiative), a monitoring expert on internal displacement (at the Norwegian Refugee Council's Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre) and an international consultant working on social protection in ASEAN countries (under an ILO/Japan-ASEAN multilateral project), labour statistics (ILO Asia Pacific's Regional Economic and Social Analysis Unit), and post-shelter livelihoods and location choice of Myanmar refugees (UNHCR Thailand). She has also extensive teaching and coordination experience in the training of policymakers, practitioners, and public policy graduate students.

Selected publications by Cheng Boon Ong

Articles (journal, professional, popular)
Ong, Cheng Boon, 2017, Tipping points in Dutch big city neighbourhoods, Urban Studies, 54(4): 1016-1037, DOI: 10.1177/0042098015619867, More information
Ong, Cheng Boon, 2016, Move beyond economics, let's focus on the social, The Jakarta Post, 10 February 2016, More information

Book chapters
Ong, Cheng Boon & Loveleen De, 2016, India: Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, in: Isabel Ortiz, Valérie Schmitt, Loveleen De (eds), Social Protection Floors. Volume 2: Innovations to extend coverage, International Labour Organization, Geneva, More information

Books (monograph or edited volume)
Peyron Bista, Céline & Cheng Boon Ong, 2017, Case studies and exercises on unemployment protection, International Labour Organization, Bangkok, 101, 101 pp, More information
Ong, Cheng Boon & Céline Peyron Bista, 2015, The state of social protection in ASEAN at the dawn of integration, International Labour Organization, Bangkok, 150, More information

UNU-MERIT Working Papers
Ong, Cheng Boon, 2014, Tipping points? Ethnic composition change in Dutch big city neighbourhoods, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2014-011
Ong, Cheng Boon & Kristof de Witte, 2014, School choice, segregation, and forced school closure, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2014-008
Ong, Cheng Boon & Kristof de Witte, 2013, The influence of ethnic segregation and school mobility in primary education on high school dropout . Evidence from regression discontinuity at a contextual tipping point, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2013-064
Ong, Cheng Boon & Kristof de Witte, 2013, Ethnic segregation and heterogeneous preferences of homeowners for housing and neighbourhood characteristics. Evidence from the Netherlands, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2013-061

Ong, Cheng Boon, 2014, Ethnic segregation in housing, schools and neigbourhoods in the Netherlands, PhD dissertation Maastricht University / UNU-MERIT, More information
Ong, Cheng Boon, 2007, Reconciling work & family life: a comparative study of mothers with young children in Denmark, France, Ireland and Italy, Master thesis, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven | IMPALLA, 46, More information

Ong, Cheng Boon & Nadine Walicki, 2016, Leaving no one behind: internal displacement and the New Urban Agenda, Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre, Geneva, More information

Other (editorship, media appearance, keynote, etc.)
Ong, Cheng Boon, 2017, Mygration Story: Postcolonial musings from Asia to Europe, UNU-MERIT Blog, More information
Ong, Cheng Boon, Ana Mosneaga & Michaella Vanore, 2016, If you don't measure, you don't know: the invisible plight of elderly IDPs, Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) Expert Opinion, More information
Ong, Cheng Boon, 2014, Autochtonen op 'zwarte' basisscholen slagen minder vaak, 1Limburg, More information