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Kris Hartley is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Asian and Policy Studies at the Education University of Hong Kong, and Program Leader of the Master of International Public Management and Administration. He researches public policy and administration with a focus on environment and technology.

Kris holds several continuing roles at institutions around the world, including Nonresident Fellow for Global Cities at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Visiting Fellow at the University of Melbourne Connected Cities Lab, Affiliated Scholar at the Seoul National University Center for Government Competitiveness, and Visiting Assistant Professor at the Universiti Brunei Darussalam Institute of Policy Studies. He has previously been a Fulbright U.S. Scholar (2020) and has held faculty appointments at Cornell University, University of Melbourne, Vietnam National University, and Nazarbayev University in Kazakhstan.

With over a decade of public and private sector experience, Kris has worked with the United Nations, ASEAN Secretariat, central and local government agencies in the United States, New Zealand, and Thailand, and research institutes in Japan, China, South Korea, Singapore, and Australia. He has consulted on a variety of topics including urban growth strategies, sustainable development, transportation planning, earthquake recovery, and infrastructure management.

Kris’s research and consulting projects are connected by the overarching theme of new public policy models for the 21st century. His 2021 book with Cambridge University Press (Disrupted governance: towards a new policy science) addresses the shifting contexts and understandings of public policy in an age of uncertainty and disruption. His 2014 and 2020 books (both with Routledge Press) address governance and public policy amidst global systemic disruptions. His research has been published in a variety of leading academic journals including Policy Sciences, Policy and Society, Resources, Conservation and Recycling, Telematics and Informatics, Annals of the American Association of Geographers, Telecommunications Policy, Geoforum, Journal of Economic Policy Reform, Environmental Development, and City, Culture and Society, among others.

Kris serves as an Associate Editor for Policy and Society journal, Assistant Editor for Policy Design and Practice journal, and Policy Briefs Editor for Water International journal (International Water Resources Association). He has pursued an active external engagement agenda, presenting at over 50 academic conferences, giving numerous broadcast interviews and invited lectures, and publishing over 100 commentaries in press venues including CNN International, Huffington Post, South China Morning Post, and The Straits Times. He has been quoted for articles in Times Higher Education and Reuters, and was interviewed live by Australian Broadcasting Corporation about labor and technological change.

Kris holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy from the National University of Singapore and a Master of City Planning from the University of California, Berkeley. As a doctoral student, he held the President’s Graduate Fellowship and was awarded the 2016 Wang Gungwu Medal and Prize for best Ph.D. thesis in the Social Sciences and the Musim Mas Dissertation Award for Research on Sustainability.

Research interests

  • Policymaking theory and epistemics
  • Technology and Smart Cities
  • Environmental Policy and Water Management
  • Collaborative Governance
  • State-society Relations

Teaching Interests

  • Economic Foundations for Public Policy (Bachelors)
  • Qualitative Approaches to Public Policy Analysis (Bachelors)
  • Environmental Education in a Global Age (Bachelors)
  • Technology and Society (Summer school)

External Appointments

  • Nonresident Fellow for Global Cities, Chicago Council on Global Affairs (2015-present)
  • Affiliated Scholar, Center for Government Competitiveness, Seoul National University (2015-present)
  • Fulbright Scholar and Visiting Assistant Professor, School of Public Policy, Chiang Mai University (2020)

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