Richard is a Chair Professor and holds the Chan Hon-pun Professor in Behavioural and Policy Sciences. I am the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and Acting head of the Department of Public Policy.
Richard is the Director of the Laboratory for Public Management and Policy. The Lab focuses on questions at the intersection of management and policy and seeks to understand how the behaviour of public service organizations can achieve positive policy outcomes to enhance public values. The current agenda of the lab focuses on (1) replicating experimental studies in public management to develop stronger theoretical insights into the behaviour of public service organizations, examining government-citizen relationship on topics such as performance information use and policy tools, and using big data and computational social sciences to examine the research-practice gap in public management, and (2) integration studies using meta-analytical and bibliometric techniques to synthesize existing knowledge on questions of public management and policy.
Richard is the President of the Public Management Research Association and served on the Board of Director of the International Research Society for Public Management. My research has been supported by grants from the Chiang Ching-kou Foundation (Taiwan), the Economic and Social Research Council (UK), Research Grants Council (Hong Kong), Public Policy Research Fund (Hong Kong) and the National Science Foundation (China). I have consulted for APEC, OCED, UNDP and governments in Hong Kong and the UK. Richard received the 2014 Kooiman Award for Best Paper in Public Management Review and the 2015 Radin Award for Best Paper in Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory. I am the member of a number of editorial boards, including Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Public Administration, Public Administration Review and Public Management Review.>
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