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Nur'Adlina Bte Maulod

Senior Research Fellow


Contact: 65168344

Ad Maulod is a cultural anthropologist (PhD, Purdue University, USA) and Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Ageing Research and Education (CARE), Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore. Ad’s research focuses on translating cultural concepts of health and ageing into effective programme and policy interventions. Ad has conducted several evaluation studies examining user experience of health services and the factors that impact quality of care. Ad believes in the empowerment of our elders by amplifying their stories and advocating for an inclusive, compassionate and just society for all-ages.

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Current research foci:

  • Life-space and age-friendly environments
  • Management of complex chronic conditions in the community
  • Patient activation and self-management support
  • Continuum of care and integrated care ecosystems 
  • Social empowerment of vulnerable older persons: Health communication, education and health promotion, therapeutic care, lifelong learning; cultural health capital
  • Generativity and inter-generational relationships 
  • Structural and internalized ageism; ageing and intersectionality 


Qualitative research methods and analysis:

  • Methods: Participatory Action Research; Ethnography; In-depth Interviews; Spatial mapping; photo-elicitation techniques; user-experience; participant observation
  • Analytical expertise: Reflexive thematic/ interpretive approach; content/ discourse analysis; spatial mapping analysis; visual analysis; phenomenological analysis
Hazirah M and Maulod A. 2021. “Unravelling the threads of successful ageing in Singapore.” In H Selin (ed) Aging Across Cultures: Growing Old in the Non-Wester World. 10: 10. Springer International Publishing. 

Maulod, A. 2021. “Coming Home to One’s Self: Butch Muslim Masculinities and Negotiations of Piety, Sex and Parenthood in Singapore”. Journal of Homosexuality, 68(7): 1106-1143

Maulod A and Lu SY. 2020. “I’m slowly aging but I still have my value: Challenging ageism and empowering older persons through lifelong learning in Singapore. Educational Gerontology. DOI 10.1080/03601277.2020.1796280

Ng KH, Neo YW, Teo YY, Maulod A and Ting YT. 2020 “Measuring needs and setting standards in Singapore”. In C Deeming (ed), Minimum Income Standards and Reference Budgets: International and Comparative Policy Perspectives. Series: Research in Comparative and Global Social Policy. Bristol University Press, UK: Policy Press. DOI: 10.2307/j.ctv125jsbv

Maulod A. 2019. Who guards the bodyguard? The ethics of care for vulnerable older adults. In KH Ng (ed). They told us to move: Dakota—Cassia. Singapore: Ethos Books reprinted in The Straits Times, Insights, B8, 7 April 2019. 

Maulod A. 2018. In Bed with My Informant (and Her Lover/s): Navigating Intimacy and Ethics in Singapore in RJ Martin and D Haller (ed). Sex: Ethnographic Encounters. Series: Encounters: Experience and Anthropological Knowledge. London UK: Bloomsbury Academic. 

Low, L.L., Lee, K.H. and Maulod, A. 2017. Evaluating a novel Integrated Community of Care (ICoC) for patients from an urbanized low-income community in Singapore using the Participatory Action Research (PAR) Approach: A Study Protocol. BMJ Open, 7 (10). DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2017-017839

Maulod, A and Jamil, NJ. 2009. “Because Allah Says So”: Faithful Bodies, Female Masculinities in the Malay Muslim Community of Singapore. In Samar Habib (ed) Contemporary Studies in Homosexuality and the Muslim World. New York: Praeger