Kris Hartley

Nonresident Fellow, Global Cities

Areas of expertise: Global Cities


Kris Hartley is an assistant professor at the Department of Asian and Policy Studies, Education University of Hong Kong. He researches development policy in Asia with a focus on innovation and technology. Kris is also an affiliated scholar at the Center for Government Competitiveness at Seoul National University. In 2020, he will serve as a Fulbright Scholar 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, 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 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. His 2014 book (Routledge) addresses administrative reform and policy adaptation in the context of national competitiveness and global systemic unpredictability. His research has been published in a variety of academic journals including Telecommunications Policy, Geoforum, Journal of Economic Policy Reform, Environmental Development, and City, Culture and Society. Additionally, Kris has pursued an active external engagement agenda, presenting at over 30 academic conferences, giving numerous broadcast interviews and invited lectures, and publishing over 100 commentaries in press venues including CNN International, China Daily, Huffington Post, and TheStraits Times.

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. Kris is originally from Nashville, Tennessee and, prior to his career in consulting and academia, he spent four years as a secondary school Latin teacher, pianist, and tennis coach.


Conducting City Diplomacy: A Survey of International Engagement in 47 Cities

Conducting City Diplomacy: A Survey of International Engagement in 47 Cities

, By Anna Kosovac, Research Fellow, International Urban Policy, University of Melbourne’s Connected Cities Lab; Kris Hartley, Nonresident Fellow, Global Cities; Michele Acuto, Nonresident Senior Fellow, Global Cities; Darcy Gunning, Research Assistant, University of Melbourne’s Connected Cities Lab

In the News

Fighting Fake News in the COVID-19 Era: Policy Insights from an Equilibrium Model

SpringerLink, September 14, 2020

The Epistemics of Policymaking: from Technocracy to Critical Pragmatism in the UN Sustainable Development Goals

OpenEdition Journals, September 9, 2020

The Moral Hazards of Smart Water Management

mbreeze, August 19, 2020

Policymaking in a Low-Trust State: Legitimacy, State Capacity, and Responses to COVID-19 in Hong Kong

Policy and Society Journal, June 23, 2020

Why Asia Needs to Move Beyond Plastic Bag Bans

The Diplomat, February 19, 2020

What Can the Fourth Industrial Revolution Do for Sustainable Development?

Fair Observer, October 2, 2019

No Silver Bullet: The New Urban Agenda and Smart Cities

Fair Observer, March 13, 2018

A Global Strategy for Southeast Asian Cities

Global Insight, October 31, 2017

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