Faculty of Social Sciences
Professor Wai-Fung Lam
Professor Wai-Fung LAM
BSocSc (CUHK), PhD (Indiana)
Associate Dean (Innovation)

Tel: (852) 3917 2391
Fax: (852) 2517 0806
Email: dwflam@hku.hk


Brief Biography

Wai-Fung (Danny) Lam is Associate Dean (Innovation) of Social Sciences, Director of the Doctor of Public Administration (DPA) Programme, Director of the Policy for Sustainability Lab (PSL) in the Faculty of Social Sciences, Deputy Director of the HKU-HKJC Excellence and Capacity-Building for Entrepreneurship and Leadership for the Third Sector (ExCEL3) Project, and Deputy Director of the Center for Civil Society and Governance at the University of Hong Kong. He finished his undergraduate study at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and received a Ph.D. in Public Policy from Indiana University, Bloomington. Professor Lam is an expert in common-pool resource management, institutional policy analysis, public governance, and civil society. His research has focused on the design of efficient institutional arrangements for the governance and management of public resources, a core issue in public administration and sustainable development. Professor Lam has served on the editorial committees of Public Administration Review (PAR), International Review of Administrative Sciences (IRAS), Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis (JCPA), Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly (NVSQ), and Asian Politics and Policy (APP), and is co-editor of The Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Administration (APJPA).


1989-94 Indiana University, Bloomington, USA
PhD in Public Policy
1984-88 The Chinese University of Hong Kong
BSocSc in Government and Public Administration

Academic Career

2013-present The University of Hong Kong
Faculty of Social Sciences
Associate Dean (Innovation)
1995-present The University of Hong Kong
Department of Politics and Public Administration

Professor (2010-Present)
Head of Department (2008-2010)
Associate Professor/Senior Lecturer (2005-2010)
Associate Professor/Lecturer (1998-2004)
Assistant Professor/Lecturer (1995-1998)
2007 Arizona State University, USA
School of Human Evolution and Change
Visiting Associate Professor
1994-1995 Indiana University, Bloomington, USA
The Vincent and Elinor Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis
Research Associate


Professor Lam's research has evolved around institutional analysis, common-pool resources, public governance, civil society, policy process and dynamics, and public sector reform. He is the author of Governing Irrigation Systems in Nepal: Institutions, Infrastructure, and Collective Action (1998), coeditor of Asian Irrigation Systems in Transition: Responding to the Challenges Ahead (2005), and co-author of Improving Irrigation in Asia: Sustainable Performance of an Innovative Intervention in Nepal (2011). He has published in major international journals including Governance, International Review of Administrative Sciences, Journal of Institutional Economics, Policy Sciences, Voluntas, and World Development, and served on the Editorial Committees of Public Administration Review (PAR), International Review of Administrative Sciences (IRAS), Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis (JCPA), and Asian Politics and Policy (APP). He is co-editor of The Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Administration. In 2010, Professor Lam was named Icon of Honor by the Farmer Managed Irrigation Systems Promotion Trust, Nepal, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the study of self-governance in water management.



Updated: Jun 30, 2013


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