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Dr Kris Hartley

Dr Kris Hartley

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Dr. Kris Hartley is an Assistant Professor with the Department of Asian and Policy Studies (APS) of the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (FLASS) at The Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK). He researches development policy in Asia with a focus on technology, innovation, and environment. Kris is also a Nonresident Fellow for Global Cities at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and an Affiliated Scholar at the Center for Government Competitiveness at Seoul National University. In 2019 he served as a visiting academic at the Institute of Policy Studies at Universiti Brunei Darussalam, and in 2020 he will serve as a Fulbright Scholar at the School of Public Policy at Chiang Mai University in Thailand. Kris has previously held academic appointments at Cornell University, University of Melbourne, Vietnam National University, and Nazarbayev University in Kazakhstan, and during his doctoral studies was a visiting researcher at the University of Hong Kong and the University of the Philippines-Diliman.

With over a decade of public and private sector experience, Kris has worked with the United Nations, ASEAN Secretariat, and governments and research institutes across Asia and North America. He has consulted on a variety of topics including compact 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. In addition to his academic publications, Kris has pursued an active external engagement agenda, giving numerous broadcast interviews and invited lectures, and publishing over 100 commentaries in press venues such as CNN International, Huffington Post, and The Straits Times. Kris is originally from Nashville, Tennessee USA.

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  • PhD (National University of Singapore)
  • MCP (UC Berkeley‚ USA)
  • MBA (Baylor University‚ USA)
  • BA (University of Tennessee‚ USA)
  • Urban Policy and Development
  • Technology and Smart Cities
  • Environmental Policy and Water Management
  • Collaborative Governance
  • State-society Relations
  • Environmental Education in a Global Age
  • Methods for Public Policy Analysis and Evaluation
  • Economic Foundations for Public Policy
  • Tool Kits for Policy Analysis
  • International Public Management

Journal Articles:

Hartley, Kris, van Santen, R., and Kirchherr, J. (2020). “Policy Options for Transitioning Towards a Circular Economy: Expectations from the European Union.” Resources, Conservation & Recycling. Accepted and forthcoming.

Vu, M.K., Hartley, Kris, and Kankanhalli, A. (2020). “Predictors of Cloud Computing Adoption: A Cross-Country Study.” Telematics and Informatics. Accepted and forthcoming.

Hartley, Kris, Biswas, A., and Tortajada, C. (2019) “A formal model concerning policy strategies to build public acceptance of potable water reuse.” Journal of Environmental Management, 250. (

Hartley, Kris, Kuecker, G. and Woo, JJ. (2019). “Practicing Public Policy in an Age of Disruption.” Policy Design and Practice, 2(2): 163-181. (

Kuecker, G. and Hartley, Kris. (2019). “How smart cities became the urban norm: Power and knowledge in New Songdo City.” Annals of the American Association of Geographers. (

Lin, J.Y., Vu, M.K. and Hartley, Kris. (2018). “A modeling framework for enhancing aid effectiveness.” Journal of Economic Policy Reform. (

Hartley, Kris. (2018). “Cultural policy and collaboration in Seoul’s Mullae art district.” Geoforum, 97: 177-188. (

Hartley, Kris. (2018). “State-society negotiation of urban cultural space: the case of Angono, Philippines.” City, Culture and Society, 15: 45-52. (

Hartley, Kris, Tortajada, C. and Biswas, A.K. (2018). “Political dynamics and water supply in Hong Kong,” Environmental Development, 27: 107-117. (

Hartley, Kris, Woo, J.J. and Chung, S.K. (2018) “Urban innovation policy in the post-developmental era: lessons from Singapore and Seoul.” Asia & the Pacific Policy Studies, 5(3): 599-614. (

Hartley, Kris. (2017). “Environmental resilience and intergovernmental collaboration in the Pearl River Delta.” International Journal of Water Resources Development, 34(4): 525-546. (

Vu, M.K. and Hartley, Kris. (2017). “Promoting Smart Cities in Developing Countries: Policy Insights from Vietnam,” Telecommunications Policy, 42(10): 845-859. (

Im, T. and Hartley, Kris. (2017). “Aligning Needs and Capacities to Boost Government Competitiveness,” Public Organization Review, p. 1-19. (

Scholarly Books, Monographs and Chapters:

Chapter in Edited Book (Author)

Hartley, Kris. (2020). “The politics and policies of regional water management in Southern China.” In Ranjan, A. (ed.) Water issues in the Himalayan region. London: Palgrave Macmillan. (

Hartley, Kris. (2020). “Fortress infrastructure and the future of urban policy: a playful prediction.” In Derrible, S. and Chester, M. (eds.), Urban Infrastructure for 2100: Reflections from 2020. (forthcoming)

Singh, Rumit Kakar and Hartley, Kris. (2020). “Failed Healthcare in India: Looking Behind the Urbanfocused Narrative.” In Hartley, K., Kuecker, G., Woo, J.J., and Phua, C. (eds.), Governing Cities: Asia’s Urban Transformation, Routledge. (forthcoming)

Zhang, J. and Hartley, Kris. (2020). “Muddling through the garbage: household recycling in newly
developed Asian cities.” In Hartley, K., Kuecker, G., Woo, J.J., and Phua, C. (eds.), Governing Cities:
Asia’s Urban Transformation, Routledge. (forthcoming)

Hartley, Kris. (2020). “New Asian Statism: towards an understanding of Asia’s 21st century urban
transformation.” In Hartley, K., Kuecker, G., Woo, J.J., and Phua, C. (eds.), Governing Cities: Asia’s
Urban Transformation, Routledge. (forthcoming)

Vu, M.K. and Hartley, Kris. (2019). “Learning to Catch up in South East Asia.” In Arkebe Oqubay and
Kenichi Ohno (eds.): How Nations Learn: Technological Learning, Industrial Policy, and Catch-up.
Oxford University Press. pp. 262-284. (

Hartley, Kris and Zhang, J. (2017). “Measuring Policy Capacity Through Governance Indices.” In Howlett,
Ramesh, and Wu (Eds.), Policy Capacity and Governance: Assessing Governmental Competences and
Capabilities in Theory and Practice. London: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 67-97. ISBN 978-3-319-54674-2.

Books (auhtored and edited)

Hartley, Kris, Kuecker, G. Waschak, M., Woo, J.J., and Phua, C. (eds.). (2020). Governing cities: Asia’s urban transformation. Routledge Press. (

Hartley, Kris. (2014). Can Government Think? Flexible Economic Opportunism and the Pursuit of Global Competitiveness. New York: Routledge Press. ISBN: 1138782750 / 978-1138782754. (

Other research/consulting publications

Vu, M.K. and Hartley, Kris. (2020). “Towards the “ASEAN Development Consensus”: A New Model for Economic Growth in the 21st Century.” Ethos (journal of the Civil Service College of Singapore). Forthcoming.

Hartley, Kris. (2019). “Global Goals, Global Cities: Achieving the SDGs through collective local action.” The Chicago Council on Global Affairs. PDF available at: (

Hartley, Kris. (2019). “Unlocking the Potential of Civic Technology.” The Chicago Council on Global Affairs. ( PDF available at: (

Vu, M.K. and Hartley, Kris. (2017). “Towards a Policy Framework for Promoting Cloud Computing Adoption in Developing Countries.” Microsoft Corporation: Technology, Academics, Policy (TAP). (

Araral, E., Hui L., Vu, M.K. and Hartley, Kris. (2017). “Has China’s Anti-Corruption Campaign Slowed Down Growth?” Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy Research Paper No. 17-29. (

Araral, E., Aye T., Hartley, Kris, Ng R., and Vu, M.K. (2017). “A Cloud for Doing Good: A Technology Revolution for All in ASEAN.” Microsoft Corporation and National University of Singapore. (

Hartley, Kris. (2015). “Agenda Setting in Polycentric Systems: A Theoretical Synthesis to Analyze Environmental Governance.” Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy Research Paper No. 15-11. Available at SSRN: ( or

Araral, E. and Hartley, Kris. (2013). “Polycentric Governance for a New Environmental Regime: Theoretical Frontiers in Policy Reform and Public Administration,” with Ed Araral (NUS). Conference paper: First International Conference on Public Policy, Grenoble, France, June. (

Hartley, Kris. (2009). “Transforming the Housing Crisis in Richmond, California.” Urban Habitat: Richmond Equitable Development Initiative (REDI), Oakland, California, March. ( Housing Town Hall Report Final Revised.pdf)