Dr. Kris Hartley

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 innovation and technology. 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. 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 as well as 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, China Daily, Huffington Post, and The Straits Times. Kris is originally from Nashville, Tennessee USA.


  • 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


  • SES3011 Environmental Education in a Global Age


Vu, M.K. and Hartley, Kris. (2019). “Nation learning for economic catch-up: Insights from recent developments in Asia.” In: How Nations Learn: Learning to catch up and lessons for late-latecomers. Oxford University Press. Forthcoming. (

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 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. (

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. (