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Professor WALKER, Richard M.
BA, Sheffied City Poly, UK, PhD, Reading University, UK, FAcSS
Chan Hon Pun Professor of Behavioural and Policy Sciences (Chair Professor) and Dean

Public management research in the Department is brought together in the Laboratory for Public Management and Policy, which I am Director. The Lab focuses on answering pressing questions at the intersection of management and policy drawing on experimental methods, integration studies and computational social science. My current agenda is focused on undertaking replications of prior experimental studies in public administration, citizen-government relationships and the effective management of government.

I am co-director of the newly established Centre for Public Affairs and Law. The Centre promotes world class research on interdisciplinary studies in social sciences and law disciplines related to public affairs. It builds knowledge using evidence-based approaches, big data and devising policy and law-based solutions to policy challenges. The work of the centre currently focuses on contentious politics and policy innovation.

I am a member of the editorial boards of a number of journals including Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Public Administration, and Public Administration Review, Public Management Review. I am President of the Public Management Research Association (and was a Board Director 2007-2011) and was a Board Member of the International Research Society for Public Management (2012-2017). 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) and I have consulted for APEC, OCED, UNDP and governments in Hong Kong and the UK.  I received the 2014 Kooiman Award for Best Paper in Public Management Review the 2015 Radin Award for Best Paper in Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory and the 2019 Louis Brownlow Award from Public Administration Review.

I hold the Chan Hon Pun Professorship in Behavioural and Policy Sciences and a Chair Professorship in Public Management. Prior professorships have been at the University of Hong Kong, and Cardiff University (UK). I have held visiting appointments at Delft University of Technology, Monash University, Rutgers University and Xi'an Jiaotong University and was a Fellow of the Advanced Institute of Management (a research centre of the UK ESRC/ESPRC). In 2020 I was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. I served 2012-2018 as Associate Dean in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (Research and Postgraduate Studies), as Head of the Department of Public Policy in 2018-19 and am currently the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.


Office: YEUNG-B7526
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Email: rmwalker@cityu.edu.hk
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Current Grants

Research Grants Council Hong Kong, General Research Fund. Public Administration Research and Real-World Problems: Topic Modelling the Changing Landscape PI (2018-20)—HK$474,492.

UGC Knowledge Transfer Earmarked Fund, My Citizens Panel: Citizen Satisfaction PI (2018-19)—HK$185,000.

Environmental Conservation Fund, Secondary School Outreach Program: Behavioural Insights in Environmental Public Policy PI (2017-19)—HK$172,048.

UGC Knowledge Transfer Earmarked Fund, mycitizenpanel: mobile app public opinion polling PI (2017-18)—HK$195,000.

Research Grants Council Hong Kong, General Research Fund, Organizational Design and Public Management: Extending the Experimental Methods Agenda PI (2017-2019)—HK$790,492

City University of Hong Kong, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Behavioural Public Services Management and Policy: Network Building at the Laboratory for Public Management and Policy PI (2016-17)—HK$141,700.

Public Policy Research Funding Scheme (HKSARG), The ‘Citizen Satisfaction Assessment Tool’: Applying Expectancy Disconfirmation Theory to Public Services in Hong Kong PI (2016-17)—HK$961,400

City University of Hong Kong, Campus Sustainability Fund, Motivating Waste Reduction and Recycling in the University Workplace: An Experimental Evaluation of Negatively-framed Collective Incentives and Group-level Feedback PI (2016-2017)—HK$200,000

Cardiff University, School of Business, Innovative Delivery of Public Services: Management Innovation in Local Government Co-I (2016-2018)—£80,000

Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation, A Comprehensive Test of Policy Innovation Theses: The Taiwanese Bookstart Programme PI (2015-2017)—US$70,000

Public Policy Research Funding Scheme (HKSARG), Performance Information Use: Experiments on Performance Dimensions, Communication and Data Sources in Education and Solid Waste Recycling PI (2015-16)—HK$597,264

Recent publications

Walker, Richard M., Gene A. Brewer, Myong Jin Lee, Nicolia Petrovsky, and Arjen van Witteloostuijn. 2018. ‘Best Practice Recommendations for Replicating Experiments in Public Administration’, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory doi.org/10.1093/jopart/muy047

Figueira, Inês, Ana Rita Domingues, Sandra Caeiro, Marco Painho, Paula Antunes, Rui Santos, Nuno Videira, Richard M. Walker, Donald Huisingh, Tomás B. Ramos. 2018. ‘Sustainability Policies and Practices in Public Sector Organisations: The Case of the Portuguese Central Public Administration’, Journal of Cleaner Production doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2018.07.244

Chandra, Yanto and Richard M. Walker. 2018. ‘How Does a Seminal Article in Public Administration Diffuse and Influence the Field? Bibliometric Methods and the Case of Hood’s “A Public Management for All Seasons”’, International Public Management Journal doi.org/10.1080/10967494.2018.1498817

Walker, Richard M., Myoung Jin Lee, Oliver James and Samuel H. Y. Ho. 2018. ‘Analyzing the Complexity of Performance Information Use: Experiments with Stakeholders to Disaggregate Dimensions of Performance, Data Sources and Data Types’, Public Administration Review DOI: 10.1111/puar.12920

Walker, Richard M., Jiyao Chen and Deepa Aravind. 2015. ‘Management Innovation and Firm Performance: An Integration of Research Findings’, European Management Journal 33, 5, 407-422.

Walker, Richard M., Claudia Avellaneda and Frances Stokes Berry. 2015. ‘Limits on Innovativeness in Local Government: Examining Capacity, Complexity and Dynamism in Organizational Task Environments’, Public Administration 93, 3, 663-683.

Walker, Richard M. and Rhys Andrews. 2015. ‘Local Government Management and Performance: A Review of Evidence’, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory 25, 1, 101-33.

Walker, Richard M. 2014. ‘Internal and External Antecedents of Process Innovation in Local Government: A Review and Extension’, Public Management Review 16, 1, 21-44.
Walker, Richard M. 2013. ‘Strategic Management and Performance in Public Organizations: Findings from the Miles and Snow Framework’, Public Administration Review, 73, 5, 675-685.

Brewer, Gene A. and Richard M. Walker. 2013. ‘Personnel Constraints in Public Organizations: A Study of Intraorganizational Variation and Performance’, Public Administration Review 73, 1, 121-131.

Andrews, Rhys, George A. Boyne, Jennifer Law and Richard M. Walker. 2012. Strategic Management and Public Service Performance. Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan.

Walker, Richard M., Fariborz Damanpour, Carlos Alberto Devece. 2011. ‘Management Innovation and Organizational Performance: The Mediating Effect of Performance Management’, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory 21, 2, 367-86.

Walker, Richard M., Gene A. Brewer, George A. Boyne, and Claudia N. Avellaneda. 2011. ‘Market Orientation and Public Service Performance: New Public Management Gone Mad?’, Public Administration Review 71, 5, 707-717.