Dr Eric Kerr

Director of Residential Life Tembusu College National University of Singapore
Fellow Tembusu College National University of Singapore
Residential Fellow Tembusu College National University of Singapore
Research Fellow Asia Research Institute National University of Singapore

Having originally trained as a lawyer in Scotland (LLB, Aberdeen), Eric moved into philosophy (Ph.D., Edinburgh) and now writes on contemporary issues in science, technology, and society. His doctoral dissertation combined social epistemology and ethnographic fieldwork with petroleum engineers in Thailand. Since then he has continued his research into the philosophy and sociology of engineering as well as other topics including digital culture, scientific evidence and methods, and theories of knowledge. Eric is the Associate Editor at Social Epistemology, an Editorial Board member for the book series Collective Studies in Knowledge and Society, and a member of the Advisory Board for East Asian Science, Technology and Society.

At NUS, he holds a joint appointment with the Asia Research Institute where he is a Research Fellow in the Science, Technology and Society cluster.

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Academic Year 2022/23 Residential Colleges Teaching Excellence Award
The Tembusu (Fagraea fragrans) is a large evergreen tree in the family Gentianaceae. It is native to Southeast Asia. Its trunk is dark brown, with deeply fissured bark, looking somewhat like a bittergourd. It grows in an irregular shape from 10 to 25m high. Its leaves are light green and oval in shape. Its yellowish flowers have a distinct fragrance and the fruits of the tree are bitter tasting red berries, which are eaten by birds and fruit bats.