Dr HARTLEY, Kris   
Assistant Professor
Department of Asian and Policy Studies
Phone No: (852) 2948 7554
Email: hartley@eduhk.hk
Contact
ORCiD
0000-0001-5349-0427
Phone
(852) 2948 7554
Email
hartley@eduhk.hk
Scopus ID
57195556713
Research Interest
  • Policymaking theory and epistemics
  • Technology and Smart Cities
  • Environmental Policy and Water Management
  • Collaborative Governance
  • State-society Relations
Teaching Interest
  • 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 Appointment
  • 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)
Professional Profile

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 Interest

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

  • 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 Appointment

  • 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)
Selected Output

Scholarly Books, Monographs and Chapters
Kris Hartley and Glen Kuecker (2021). Disrupted governance: towards a new policy science. Cambridge UK: Cambridge University Press.
Glen Kuecker and Kris Hartley (2021). Disaster risk reduction and the development narrative: towards a new public policy epistemic. Anis B. Brik and Leslie A. Pal, The Future of the Policy Sciences (.-.). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
Kris Hartley and Norainie Ahmad (2021). Neo-professionalization of the civil service: an institutional perspective on policy studies education. Anis B. Brik and Leslie A. Pal, The Future of the Policy Sciences (.-.). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing.
Kris Hartley (2020). Environmental resilience and intergovernmental collaboration in the Pearl River Delta. Cecilia Tortajada, James Horne, Larry Harrington, Urban Resilience to Droughts and Floods (.-.). London: Routledge Press.
Singh, Rumit Kakar and Hartley, Kris (2020). Failed Healthcare in India: Looking Behind the Urban-focused Narrative. Hartley, Kris, Kuecker, Glen, Waschak, Michael, Woo, J.J., and Phua, Charles, Governing Cities: Asia’s Urban Transformation (.-.). London: Routledge Press.
Hartley, Kris (2020). New Asian Statism: towards an understanding of Asia’s 21st century urban transformation. Hartley, Kris, Kuecker, Glen, Waschak, Michael, Woo, J.J., and Phua, Charles, Governing Cities: Asia’s Urban Transformation (.-.). London: Routledge Press.
Zhang, Jingru and Hartley, Kris (2020). Muddling through the garbage: household recycling in newly developed Asian cities. Hartley, Kris, Kuecker, Glen, Waschak, Michael, Woo, J.J., and Phua, Charles, Governing Cities: Asia’s Urban Transformation (.-.). London: Routledge Press.
Hartley, Kris (2020). The politics and policies of regional water management in Southern China. Ranjan, Amit, Water issues in the Himalayan region (77-102). Singapore: Palgrave Macmillan.
Hartley, Kris, Kuecker, Glen, Waschak, Michael, Woo, J.J., and Phua, Charles (2020). Governing cities: Asia’s urban transformation. London: Routledge Press.
Vu, Minh Khuong and Hartley, Kris (2019). Learning to Catch up in South East Asia. Oqubay, Arkebe and Ohno, Kenichi, How Nations Learn: Technological Learning, Industrial Policy, and Catch-up (.-.). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
Hartley, Kris and Zhang, J. (2017). Measuring Policy Capacity Through Governance Indices. Howlett, M., Ramesh, M., and Wu, X, Policy Capacity and Governance: Assessing Governmental Competences and Capabilities in Theory and Practice (67-97). London: Palgrave Macmillan.
Hartley, Kris (2014). Can Government Think? Flexible Economic Opportunism and the Pursuit of Global Competitiveness. New York: Routledge Press.

Journal Publications
Hamid Sajadi and Kris Hartley (2021). COVID-19 pandemic response in Iran: a dynamic perspective on policy capacity. Journal of Asian Public Policy, ., .-.
Kris Hartley and Michael Howlett (2021). Policy Assemblages and Policy Resilience: Lessons for Non-Design from Evolutionary Governance Theory. Politics and Governance, 9(1), 451-459.
Vu Minh Khuong and Kris Hartley (2021). Drivers of Growth and Catch-up in the Tourism Sector of Industrialized Economies. Journal of Travel Research, ., .-.
Kris Hartley (2021). Public trust and political legitimacy in the smart city: a reckoning for technocracy. Science, Technology, & Human Values, ., .-.
Kris Hartley and Darryl Jarvis (2021). Let nine universities blossom: opportunities and constraints on the development of higher education in China. Higher Education Research & Development, ., .-.
Warathida Chaiyapa, Kris Hartley, and Daniel del Barrio Alvarez (2021). From end-users to policy designers: Breaking open the black box of energy technocracy in Thailand. Energy Research & Social Science, 73, .-.
Anna Kosovac, Kris Hartley, Michele Acuto, and Darcy Gunning (2021). City Leaders Go Abroad: A Survey of City Diplomacy in 47 Cities. Urban Policy and Research, 39(2), 127-142.
Kris Hartley, Nicole Sher Wen Lim, and Cecilia Tortajada (2021). Policy Note: Digital Feedback-Based Interventions for Water Conservation. Water Economics & Policy, 7(1), .-.
Kris Hartley, Sarah Bales, and Azad Singh Bali (2021). COVID-19 response in a unitary state: emerging lessons from Vietnam. Policy Design and Practice, 4(1), 152-168.
Vu Minh Khuong and Kris Hartley (2020). A New Consensus for Growth in the 21st Century. Ethos, ., .-.
Kris Hartley (2020). The Epistemics of Policymaking: from Technocracy to Critical Pragmatism in the UN Sustainable Development Goals. International Review of Public Policy, 2(2), 233-244.
Ola G. El-Taliawi and Kris Hartley (2020). The COVID-19 crisis and complexity: A soft systems approach. Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management, 29(1), 104-107.
Kris Hartley and Glen Kuecker (2020). The moral hazards of smart water management. Water International, 45(6), 693-701.
Hartley, Kris and Jarvis, Darryl (2020). Policy Making in a Low Trust State: Legitimacy, State Capacity, and Responses to Covid-19 in Hong Kong. Policy and Society, 40(1), 1-21.
Vu, Minh Khuong, Hartley, Kris, and Kankanhalli, Atreyi (2020). Predictors of Cloud Computing Adoption: A Cross-Country Study. Telematics and Informatics, 52, 1-12.
Hartley, Kris, van Santen, Ralf, and Kirchherr, Julian (2020). Policies for transitioning towards a circular economy: Expectations from the European Union. Resources, Conservation & Recycling, 155, 1-10.
Hartley, Kris, Tortajada, Cecilia, and Biswas, Asit (2019). A formal model concerning policy strategies to build public acceptance of potable water reuse. Journal of Environmental Management, 250, 1-11.
Kuecker, Glen, and Hartley, Kris (2019). How Smart Cities Became the Urban Norm: Power and Knowledge in New Songdo City. Annals of the Association of American Geographers, ., .-.
Hartley, Kris, Kuecker, Glen, and Woo, JJ (2019). Practicing public policy in an age of disruption. Policy Design and Practice, 2(2), 163-181.
Lin, Justin Yifu, Vu, M.K. and Hartley, Kris (2019). 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 relations and urban art districts: The case of Angono, Philippines. City, Culture and Society, 15, 45-52.
Vu, M.K. and Hartley, Kris (2018). Promoting smart cities in developing countries: Policy insights from Vietnam. Telecommunications Policy, 42(10), 845-859.
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 and 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.
Im, T. and Hartley, Kris (2017). Aligning Needs and Capacities to Boost Government Competitiveness. Public Organization Review: A Global Journal, ., 1-19.

Conference Papers
Hartley Kris (2014, June). The Role of Governance Innovation in Fostering Regional Competitiveness: Linking Market Reforms with Economic Outcomes in Vietnam’s Province. International Political Science Association World Congress, Montreal, Canada.
Araral, Eduardo, and Hartley, Kris (2013, June). Polycentric Governance for a New Environmental Regime: Theoretical Frontiers in Policy Reform and Public Administration. First International Conference on Public Policy, Grenoble, FR.

Creative and Literary Works, Consulting Reports and Case Studies
Kara DiFrancesco and Kris Hartley (2020). Climate change effects on groundwater resilience - Pollution and remediation. Paris: International Water Resources Association Policy Brief #8.
Kris Hartley (2020). Groundwater governance, management & policy. Paris: International Water Resources Association Policy Brief #10.
Anna Kosovac, Kris Hartley, Michele Acuto, and Darcy Gunning (2020). Conducting City Diplomacy: A Survey of International Engagement in 47 Cities. Chicago, USA: Chicago Council on Global Affairs.
Hartley, Kris (2019). Global Goals, Global Cities: Achieving the SDGs through collective local action. Chicago, Illinois (USA): The Chicago Council on Global Affairs.
Hartley, Kris (2019). Unlocking the Potential of Civic Technology. Chicago, USA: Chicago Council on Global Affairs.
Vu, Minh Khuong and Hartley, Kris (2017). Towards a Policy Framework for Promoting Cloud Computing Adoption in Developing Countries. Redmond, WA: Microsoft Corporation.
Araral, Eduardo; Aye, Theta; Hartley, Kris; Ng, Reuben; and Vu, Minh Khuong (2017). A Cloud for Doing Good: A Technology Revolution for All in ASEAN. Redmond, WA: Microsoft Corporation.
Hartley Kris (2009). Transforming the Housing Crisis in Richmond. Oakland, CA: Urban Habitat.

Project

Understanding the Political Economy of Smart City Development
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Project Start Year: 2019, Principal Investigator(s): HARTLEY, Kris