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2019 International Public Policy Workshop held in Hong Kong

Twenty-five international scholars participated in an authors’ workshop on The Future of Policy Sciences. Organized by the Department of Asian and Policy Studies (APS), the two-day workshop held between November 14 and 15 provided international participants the opportunity to engage with local scholars and explore the future of policy sciences both as an intellectual enterprise but also as a pedagogical set of activities focused on teaching and training policy professionals.

Attracting a leading cohort of internationally recognised policy scholars, including the General Secretary of the International Public Policy Association, Professor Philippe Zittoun from the University of Lyon, France, the workshop explored several themes including big data in public policy making, contrasting geographies of policy science, the future of policy schools, the evolving role of the policy scientist, and future challenges for public policy teaching and research.

The papers presented at the workshop will appear in 2020 in several special issues in leading international policy journals. The organisers of the workshop also hope to institutionalise the event via an annual rotating ‘policy dialogue series’ to be hosted by the Department of Asian and Policy Studies, EdUHK, Hong Kong, the Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Doha, Qatar, the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore and the College of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Koç University, Istanbul, Turkey.