Kris Hartley, a consultant and researcher focusing on economic policy, urban planning, and governance innovation, a PhD candidate at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, where he holds the President’s Graduate Fellowship.
He is also a research affiliate at the Center for Government Competitiveness at the Graduate School of Public Administration, Seoul National University (South Korea). In the coming year, he will hold positions as lecturer at Vietnam National University – International University HCMC School of Business, and visiting researcher at the University of Hong Kong Faculty of Social Sciences.
With a decade of public and private sector experience, Kris has worked with central and local government agencies, community development corporations, and research institutes. He has consulted on a variety of topics including earthquake recovery, financial regulation, infrastructure asset management, and nuclear energy policy. Kris is currently researching provincial governance and economic competitiveness in Vietnam, and urban development in Seoul and Hong Kong.
Kris has authored more than 30 articles appearing in the The Diplomat, Business Times, Straits Times, and China Daily, and regularly delivers presentations at academic conferences. His first book is entitled Can Government Think? Flexible Economic Opportunism and the Pursuit of Global Competitiveness (Routledge 2014). The book addresses innovative economic policy and institutional reform through a variety of cases from around the world. Kris’s second book, co-authored with NUS Associate Professor Vu Ming Khuong, is forthcoming (Edward Elgar Publishing 2016) and addresses drivers of economic growth in ASEAN countries.
Kris is an avid global traveler, having visited nearly 50 countries and having resided in seven on three continents. He taught in secondary schools for four years, and more recently served as a university-level teaching assistant for four years. He also has experience as an NPR radio announcer, tennis coach, journal editor, construction worker, and wedding pianist.
Kris holds a Master of City Planning in Economic Development from the University of California, Berkeley, an MBA with a focus in International Management from Baylor University in Texas, and a BA in Classics from the University of Tennessee (Phi Beta Kappa).
In a recent commentary by Kris Hartley and Asit K. Biswas, he opinionates on India's deadly cities, comparing India's rapid urbanization and its economic and environmental impact with that of China's while explaining India's position in the emerging global economies.