Dr Ngu Ik Ying

Academic History

Ph.D. in Media, Creative & Creative Arts



Head of Department, Media and Communication



Humanities and Health Sciences, Curtin University Malaysia


Contact Details



Research Profile

LinkedIn: https://my.linkedin.com/in/ik-ying-ngu-b5a6b147
Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com.my/citations?user=2xdUY9cAAAAJ&hl=en
ORCID: 0000-0001-6385-2831


Research Interests

Social Movement, Communicative Ecology, Media Literacy



  • Bachelor of Communications (Honours) at Universiti Sains Malaysia
  • Master of Communication (Screen Studies) at Universiti Sains Malaysia
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Media, Creative and Social Inquiry with Curtin Australia (Recipient of Curtin Offshore Partner Research Scholarship)


Professional Experience

  • Journalist with The Star Publications (2005-2006)
  • News Stringer with Malaysiakini.com (2006-2008)
  • Lecturer with Tunku Abdul Rahman College (2008-2010)
  • Lecturer with Curtin Malaysia (2010-present)
  • • Head of Department, Curtin Malaysia (2012-2014; 2023-present)


Fellowships, Awards, Certifications, Achievements and Appointments

  • Winner of the 2021 Curtin Malaysia Excellence in Teaching Award
  • Winner of the 2021 and 2023 Curtin Students’ Choice Award
  • HEA Fellow and Mentor
  • Curtin PREP Reviewer
  • Member of Curtin Community of Practice
  • Founder and Advisor of the 2023 and 2024 Kenyalang Film Festival
  • Second runner-up of the 2014 MyTRIZ National Competition


Professional Affiliation

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • Member of the Malaysian Social Science Association
  • Member of the Association of Internet Researchers



  • Kong, J., Juwono, F.H., Ngu, I.Y., Nugraha, G.D., Maraden, Y. & Wong, W.K. (2023). A mixed Malay-English language COVID-19 Twitter dataset: A sentiment analysis. Big Data and Cognitive Computing, 7, 61. https://doi.org/10.3390/bdcc7020061.
  • Ngu, I.Y. (2023). Motivations for activism: Exploring Bersih activists’ communicative ecologies. Kajian Malaysia (Early view). http://web.usm.my/km/earlyView/85_KM-OA-02-22-0026.R3.pdf
  • K. Wong, F. H. Juwono, W. N. Loh, & I. Y. Ngu (2021). Newcomb-Benford law analysis on COVID-19 daily infection cases and deaths in Indonesia and Malaysia. Heritage and Sustainable Development, 3(2), 102-110
  • Yap, C. S.,Jalaludin, F. W., Ahmad, R., Ngu, I. Y., Lim, Y. M., & Chan, K. M. (2017). Bridging the digital divide through IT-enabled service innovations: A Service-Dominant Logic perspective, 21st Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems, Langkawi, Malaysia, July 17-19.
  • Ngu, I.Y. & Balraj, S. (2015). Creative pedagogies and video making: A study on Malaysian adolescents’ participation in environmental issues. Kajian Malaysia, 33(1), 43-66.
  • Shanthi Balraj BabooAmbigapathy Pandian, Soubakeavathi Rethinasamy, Joseph Ramanair, Chen, S.W., Ngu, I.Y., Mohammed Zin Nordin, Sheila Yvonne (2017). Cultivating productive practices in digital and media literacy among secondary school students in Sarawak”. In Sustainable Community Transformation, 13(1), 7. ISSN: 1675-5820.


Research Grants and Consultancy Projects

  • Developing joyful learning pedagogy to cultivate students’ leadership skills (2024). iSoLT (Innovation and Scholarship of Learning and Teaching) seed fund, RM2,000. Co-investigator.
  • Unpacking AI-assisted feedback: Exploring students’ perceptions and interpretations (2024). Funded by Curtin Malaysia Teaching Innovation Project (CMTIP), RM2,000. Lead investigator.
  • Fostering student resilience through social media: A resilience and coping intervention model (2022-2023). Funded by Curtin Malaysia Teaching Innovation Project (CMTIP), RM2,000. Lead investigator.
  • Modelling fake news spread as probabilistic mechanism incorporating news profile (2021-2022). Funded by Ministry of Education under the Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS), RM98,600, [FRGS/1/2020/ICT06/CURTIN/02/1]. Co-investigator.
  • Media Literacy: Cultivating Productive Practices among Young People in Malaysia (November 2015-March 2017). Funded by Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC). Co-investigator.
  • The Impact of Social Media on Brand Equity: A Case of Luxury Brand (November 2014- 2017). Funded by Curtin Malaysia. Chief investigator.
  • Youth, Environment and Media Literacy: Selected Cases of Penang and Miri (2011-2014). Funded by Curtin Malaysia. Chief Investigator.
  • The Impact of Social Media on Brand Equity: A Case of Luxury Brand (November 2014 – 2017). Funded by Curtin Sarawak Research Fund (CSRF). Chief investigator.


HDR Supervision

  • Postgraduate supervisor Level 2. MPhil student: Jeffrey Kong Tzer Huei (2021-2023) – completed