About LaMP

LaMP operates at the interface of Public Management and Public Policy
Complex issues of public management and policy face governments around the globe. Public organizations often have to be reactive, responding to natural disasters - tsunamis, adverse weather and flooding - and human made events - the financial collapse of 2008 and subsequent global recession. Public organizations can also plan for longer-term changes - the reform to university education in Hong Kong. In either case public organizations need to have in place appropriate management practices and organizational structures to be able to manage reactively and proactively.

The Laboratory for Public Management and Policy

The Laboratory for Public Management and Policy (LaMP) operates at the interface of public management and public policy. LaMP provides Hong Kong with a unique laboratory that uses a range of research methods to provide rigorous, robust and systematic empirical evidence on public policy, effective public management practices and performance. Faculty ask and answer questions on public management and policy on a range of topics:

  • Health care: Professor Samuel Ho works on traumatology and resilience in relation to life-threatening illnesses and traumatic events
  • Human resource management: Dr Paul Higgins is currently exploring professionalization of human resource management in Hong Kong and the United Kingdom.
  • Labour markets are examined in the work of Dr Vincent Chen.
  • Social policy: Dr Maggie Lau explores a range of topics associated with adolescents and their wellbeing
  • Social and public services innovation forms one of the central focuses of Dr Yanto Chandra’s research
  • Organizational performance: see the work of Professor Richard Walker

In seeking to enhance the evidence base by providing rigorous, robust and systematic empirical evidence on public management practices and performance LaMP operates through three laboratories:

  • Observational Laboratory: For many topics of public management and policy observational research methods are able to provide answers to questions on enhanced effectiveness. The lab draws upon a range of qualitative and quantitative research methods to provide timely high quality research evidence on public management and policy.
  • Experimental Laboratory: Where the evidence base is lacking, or is incomplete, experimental studies will be conducted by means of experimental studies in the field, in the laboratory, and through survey experiments. LaMP is currently specializing in replications of prior studies and is building a depository of replicated studies in public management. In the realm of sustainable development field experiments have been conducted, typically with student internships and working with nonprofit and private firms in Hong Kong.
  • Laboratory for Integrations: Integration of prior research is critical in understanding the existing state of knowledge in the field. The Laboratory for Integration focuses upon two approaches. First, integrations are undertaken by way of support score and meta-analysis techniques when research questions arise that have an evidence base. Datasets of coded prior studies (coding to include policy issues, research design and size effects) will be developed. Second, to understand the nature of the field of study bibliometric studies will be conducted drawing on citation analysis to understand conceptual development in the field.

LaMP is interdisciplinary - drawing upon economics, political science, psychology, public administration and public policy - and brings together faculty from the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, College of Business, College of Science and Engineering and the School for Energy and the Environment.


LaMP works with a range of organizations in Hong Kong to provide undergraduate and postgraduate students with internships. Internships are focused on experimental research designs on questions of sustainable development and healthy environments. To date LaMP has worked with the Business and Environment Council, Designing Hong Kong, Link REIT, Campus Development and Facilities Office and Students Residence Office of the City University of Hong Kong. See more about Internships.

Research and Collaboration

The Lab hosts and supports a range of research projects funded by the Research Grants Council of Hong Kong, the Public Policy Research Fund (Central Policy Unit of the Hong Kong SAR Government), CCK Foundation (Taiwan), etc.

LaMP members collaborate with faculty around the globe. See our International Board Members and Collaborators.


The LaMP logo is designed by an industrial designer Su (l.su2081@gmail.com)