Dr. Woo Jun-jie

Dr. Woo Jun-jie is an Assistant Professor and Programme Leader of the Bachelor of Social Science in Policy Science and Management [BSocScPSM(Hons)] in the Department of Asian and Policy Studies of the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (FLASS) at The Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK). He received his PhD from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore and holds an MSc in International Political Economy from the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University.

Prior to joining the department, Dr. Woo was an Assistant Professor and Community Research Fellow at the Public Policy & Global Affairs Programme of Nanyang Technological University. He has previously held the positions of Rajawali Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities, Singapore University of Technology and Design. He is also an Assistant Editor of Policy & Society: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Policy Research.

Dr. Woo’s research interests include policy design, education governance, technology and urban governance, and the political economy of development in Asia. His current research project takes a comparative public policy approach to understanding education governance and policy in Hong Kong, Singapore and China. He is particularly interested in the linkages between education policy, economic development and effective policy design. Aside from these, Dr. Woo is also interested in theoretical development in the areas of policy design and institutional theory.


  • PhD (National University of Singapore)
  • MSc International Political Economy (Nanyang Technological University‚ Singapore)
  • BSc Economics and Management‚ First Class Honours (University of London‚ U.K.)


  • Policy Design
  • Economic Development
  • Education Governance
  • Urban Policy and Governance
  • International Political Economy



Woo, J.J. (2019). Educating the Developmental State: Higher Education and Economic Development in Singapore. Heidelberg: Springer

Woo, J.J. (2019). Educating for Empathy: Service Learning in Public Policy Education. Singapore: World Scientific.

Woo, J.J. (2018). The Evolution of the Asian Developmental State: Hong Kong and Singapore. London: Routledge.

Woo, J.J. (2017). 3-in-1: Governing a Global Financial Centre. Singapore: World Scientific.

Woo, J.J. (2016). Singapore as an International Financial Centre: History, Policy and Politics. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Guo, Y. and Woo, J.J. (2016). Singapore and Switzerland: Secrets to Small State Success. Singapore: World Scientific.

Woo, J.J. (2016). Business and Politics in Asia’s Key Financial Centres: Hong Kong, Singapore and Shanghai. Heidelberg: Springer

Journal Articles

Hartley, K., Woo, J.J. and Chung, S.K. (2018). Urban Innovation Policy in the Postdevelopmental Era: Lessons from Singapore and Seoul. Asia & The Pacific Policy Studies. Published Online: 20 July 2018

Béland, D., Foli, R., Howlett, M., Ramesh, M. and Woo, J.J. (2018). Institutional Constituencies and Transnational Policy Diffusion: The Case of Conditional Cash Transfers. Review of International Political Economy, 25(4): 463-482

Woo, J.J. (2017). Educating the developmental state: policy integration and mechanism redesign in Singapore’s SkillsFuture scheme. Journal of Asian Public Policy, 11(3): 267-284

Capano, G. and Woo, J.J. (2018). Designing policy robustness: outputs and processes. Policy & Society, 37(4): 422-440

Capano, G. and Woo, J.J. (2017). Resilience and robustness in policy design: a critical appraisal. Policy Sciences, 50(3): 399-426

Bakir, C. and Woo, J.J. (2016). Financial sector reform and policy design in an age of instability. Policy and Society, 35(3): 193-204

Woo, J.J., Ramesh, M., Howlett, M. and Coban, M.K. (2016). Dynamics of global financial governance: Constraints, opportunities, and capacities in Asia. Policy and Society, 35(3): 269-282

Woo, J.J. and Howlett, M. (2015). Explaining Dynamics without Change: A Critical Subsector Approach to Financial Policy-Making”. Journal of Asian Public Policy, 8(3): 312-328

Woo, J.J., Ramesh, M. and Howlett, M. (2015). Legitimation Capacity: System-Level Resources and Political Skills in Public Policy. Policy and Society, 34(3-4): 271-283

Woo, J.J. (2015). Beyond the Neoliberal orthodoxy: Alternative financial policy regimes in Asia’s financial centres. Critical Policy Studies, 9(3): 297-316

Woo, J.J. (2015). Policy relations and policy subsystems: Financial policy in Hong Kong and Singapore”. International Journal of Public Administration, 38(8), 553-561

Howlett, M., Mukherjee, I. and Woo, J.J. (2015). From Tools to Toolkits in Policy Design Studies: The New Design Orientation and Policy Formulation Research. Policy & Politics, 43(2), 291-311

Woo, J.J. (2014). Singapore’s Policy Style: Statutory boards as policymaking units. Journal of Asian Public Policy, 8(2), 120-133