Asia Governance and Public Administration

In the ongoing quest to promote good governance and public services, this cluster of research focuses on inter-disciplinary research areas that cut across social sciences, technology and public administration on international and global scale, particularly through a comparative perspective between Asia and other parts of the world:

Emerging Governance Model in Asia

This research area studies the shift in power from West to East, taking place in the geo-political domain and focuses on the emerging governance model in Asia as an alternative to the conventional Western governance models.

Comparative Studies on Governance and Public Administration

This research takes a comparative development perspective to examine governance, public administration, public policies, entrepreneurship, industrial and economic development of Singapore and different countries in Asia. Topics include but not limited to public sector reforms, public sector motivation; policy experimentation; innovation and technology; water governance; whole-of-government collaboration; network governance; sustainable development; labour laws and wages, tax and trade policies etc.

Under this cluster research, related thematic conferences, seminars, forums and speakers’ series are also organised on an ongoing basis to provide platforms for exchanges between students, academics and practitioners. Several of these seminars combine multiple disciplines, perspectives to engage both scholars and policymakers to deliberate issues and bridge research and practice.


Lien International Conference on Good Governance

The Lien International Conference on Good Governance is a biennial event that gathers local and international academics, practitioners and researchers to examine major issues in governance, public service delivery and evaluation. In the previous years, the event has been graced by leaders and ministers such as the late President S R Nathan, Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat, Minister Ong Ye Kung and Minister Josephine Teo as Guests of Honour and feature high profile speakers from various fields. 

To delve into the pivotal role of governance and policy in fostering resilience, sustainability, and inclusivity amidst these pressing global challenges, the Nanyang Centre for Public Administration (NCPA) and Lien Ying Chow Legacy Fellowship (LYCLF) at NTU Singapore organised the Lien International Conference on Good Governance on 25-26 August 2023.




The IIAS-LIEN 2019 Conference with the theme on Effective, Accountable and Inclusive Governance, was jointly organised with the international institute of Administrative Studies (IIAS) from 18 to 21 June 2019, drew about 550 participants from over 50 countries and was reported in various local and foreign national media platforms.



NCPA Distinguished Speaker Series


The NCPA Distinguished Speaker Series features distinguished leading experts in the field to address theoretical discourse on Public Administration and provide timely observations and analyses. At the inaugural session in August 2017, Professor Justin Lin, the former Chief Economist and Senior Vice President of the World Bank (2008 to 2012) was invited to deliver a speech on “China’s Rise and Implications for Developing World and Economics”.​

Since the COVID-19 outbreak which has crippled various sectors and industries around the world, resulting in adverse impact to economy, business continuity and sustainability, NCPA has also embarked on an array of interdisciplinary comparative research and webinars to explore trade, socioeconomic, cultural impacts to provide insights on good governance for recovery in the post-pandemic era.


NCPA Webinar Series on Restructuring Economy for Recovery – Post Covid-19

On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic. Since then, it has ripped through the global economy, affecting lives, jobs and societies, exposing weaknesses of global supply chains and crippling the aviation and hotel industries.

Co-organised with the Singapore Manufacturing Federation (SMF) and chaired by Mr Douglas Foo (Immediate Past President and Council member of SMF), this three-part Dialogue Series designed around different themes and focuses hope to bring together policymakers, business leaders and consultants to come together to discuss and deliberate how governments, businesses and society should work together to restructure the economy in Singapore to pave the way for recovery.

The first session features Mr Patrick Tay (Member of Parliament for Pioneer SMC and Assistant Secretary-General of NTUC); Mr Melvin Tan (Group Managing Director of Cyclect Holdings Group); Mr Vincent Wong (Director of R&D for Continental Automotive Singapore); and Mr Chua Chee Seong (President and Managing Director of Infineon Technologies Asia Pacific Pte Ltd), focuses on how the manufacturing sectors in Singapore adapted to heightened economic volatility and geopolitical tensions in global markets. The discussion centred on how manufacturers in Singapore adopted emerging technologies to enhance long-term sustainability and resiliency in the increasingly volatile and challenging business environment, as a means to meet the talent gap, and reinforce their ability to anticipate and meet demand in the post-COVID world.

Restructuring Economy for Recovery


Good Governance in A Post Covid-19 World: Global Health and Economic Recovery

Book coversGood governance has become an increasingly important topic not only in research, but also policy. This trend has been reinforced by the rise of new challenges and opportunities that are brought about by aging populations, economic slowdowns, climate change, deglobalisation, geopolitical tensions, new technological revolution, and the global pandemic. This edited volume by Prof Liu Hong, Dr Celia Lee and Mr Jeremy Goh from NCPA, prepared in collaboration with the International Institute of Administrative Sciences, is a collection of chapters written by leading practitioners and academics from around the world, offering insightful and multidisciplinary perspectives on good governance in the post-COVID 19 era.


Lien International Conference on Good Governance 2023


Good Governance for the Common Good


25-26 August 2023
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NCPA Distinguished Speaker Series Lecture by Professor Arkebe Oqubay


Asian Transformation and Global South Cooperation


11 November 2022

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Lien Development Conference 2022


The Dynamics of Governance in a Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous World


25-26 November 2022
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NCPA Webinar Series


Dialogue on Environment, Social and Governance and Impact on Your Business


13 April 2022

Professor Liu Hong Invited to Speak at the OECD Global Network of Schools of Government Annual Meeting


Exploring post-pandemic learning cultures in the public sector


Athens, Greece 20-21 June 2022

Lien International Conference on Good Governance 2021


Good Governance in the Post COVID-19 World Global Health and Economic Recovery


22-23 November 2021
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NCPA Webinar Series


Dialogue on Restructuring Economy for Recovery - Post COVID-19: Restructuring and Recovery for the Services Sector


28 October 2021

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NCPA Webinar Series


Social Policies and Community Building in the Age of Digitalisation – Post Covid-19 Norm


30 November 2020

NCPA Distinguished Speaker Lecture by Mr Lim Swee Say


2C+SD => Better Life for All


11 November 2019

NCPA Distinguished Speaker Lecture by NTU President Professor Subra Suresh


Higher Education, Technological Innovation and Leadership Development


17 October 2018

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Lien International Conference on Good Governance 2017


Forging Toward an Inclusive and Sustainable Globalization


27-28 October 2017


Liu, Hong (2022), The Political Economy of Transnational Governance in Asia:

China and Southeast Asia in the 21st Century. London and New York: Routledge


Chew, S.B, Huang, L.L & Kwa, K.X. eds. (2021). Political, Economic and Social

Dimensions of Labour Market: A Global Insight. Singapore: World Scientific Publishing


Liu, Hong (2020). “The Logic of Transnational Governance and Asian Practices”.

Beijing: China Social Science Publishing House (In Chinese)


Wang Tingyan and Liu Hong, eds., (2019). An Emerging Asian Model of Governance

and Transnational Knowledge Transfer. London: Routledge.


Liu Hong, Ma Sirui, Wang Ting-Yan (2017), “Forging Ahead Toward an Inclusive and

Sustainable Globalisation: Selected Articles from the 2017 Lien International Conference”. NCPA

For more information......Book/Article 

Book Chapters & Special Issues


Liu, H., Lee, C. & Goh, J. (2023). Introduction: Good Governance in a Post COVID-19

World: Global Health and Economic Recovery in idem, eds. Good Governance in a Post

COVID-19 World: Global Health and Economic Recovery. Brussels: International Institute

of Administrative Sciences, pp.1-10

For more information......Book/Article 



Lee, C. & Goh, J. (2023). “Continuing Education and Training in a Post COVID-19

Singapore” in Liu, H.; Lee, C. & Goh, J. eds. Good Governance in a Post COVID-19 World:

Global Health and Economic Recovery. Brussels: International Institute of Administrative

Sciences, pp.160-174

For more information......Book/Article 


Fisher, D. & Goh, J. (2023). "Managing COVID-19: Singapore’s experience from a medical

practitioner’s perspective" in Liu, H.; Lee, C. & Goh, J. eds. Good Governance in a Post

COVID-19 World: Global Health and Economic Recovery. Brussels: International Institute

of Administrative Sciences, pp. 253-258

For more information......Book/Article 



Chew, Soon Beng, Lingli, Huang and Kai, Xiang Kwa. (2021). “Labour Market Issues in

Selected Countries”. In Chew, Soon Beng, Lingli Huang and Kai Xiang Kwa, eds., Political,

Economic and Social Dimensions of Labour Market: A Global Insight. Singapore:

World Scientific Publishing



Lee, Celia (2020). “Responses of Singapore to COVID-19 Pandemic: The Whole-of-Government

Approach”. In Paul Joyce, Fabienne Maron, & Purshottama Sivanarain Reddy, eds., Good

Public Governance in a Global Pandemic. Brussels: IIAS-IISA



Lee, Celia, (2019). The Leadership of Balancing Control and Autonomy in Public Sector

Networks: The Case of Singapore. In An Emerging Asian Model of Governance and

Transnational Knowledge Transfer, Ting-yan Wang and Hong Liu (eds.), pp. 31-52.

London: Routledge. 

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Lim, Guanie, (2019). Public Policy with Vietnamese Characteristics: The Case of the Motorcycle

Industry. In An Emerging Asian Model of Governance and Transnational Knowledge Transfer,

Ting-yan Wang and Hong Liu (eds.), pp. 106-124. London: Routledge. 

For more information......Book/Article 


Lim, Guanie. and Nguyen, T.T., (2019). Banking Reform in Vietnam: Persistence of the State?

In Geofinance between Political and Financial Geographies: A Focus on the Semi-Periphery of

the Global Financial System, S. Grandi, C. Sellar, and J. Jafri (eds.), pp. 155-174.

Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing.

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Goh, J. and Koh, K.W. (2023). Industrialization and Chinese Big Business in Colonial Singapore,

Malaya, and China: The Transnational Enterprises of Lim Peng Siang (1904-1941). Journal of

Southeast Asian Studies, DOI: 10.1017/S002246342300019X



Kah Seng Loh and Jeremy Goh (2022). Semi-archives and Interim Archives: A History of the

National Wages Council in Singapore. Southeast Asian Studies, 11:3, 427-449.

DOI: 10.20495/seas.11.3_427


Kevin Chandra, Jue Wang, Ning Luo, and Xun Wu (2022). “Asymmetry in the distribution of

benefits of cross-border regional innovation systems: The Hong Kong-Shenzhen case”, Regional Studies


Liu, H. and Huang, L.L (2022). Paradox of Superdiversity: Contesting Racism and

‘Chinese Privilege’ in Singapore. Journal of Chinese Overseas, 18(2), pp. 287-311


Lim,  G.  &  Xu,  C.   (2022).   The  Political  Economy  of   Japan’s   Development  Strategy

under China-US Rivalry:  The  Crane,  the   Dragon,  and  the   Bald  Eagle.  The Chinese Economy.


Lim, G. & Xu, C. (2022). Global Britain Goes to Southeast Asia: Investment Flows in an Era

of Great Power Competition. Taiwan Insight.

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Straughan, P. T., & Xu, C. (2022). Parents’ Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices of Childhood Obesity

in Singapore. SAGE Open, 12(4),  -1.


Xu,  C.  (2022). Work Motivation in  the  Public  Service:A  Scale  Development Based  on  the 

Self-Determination Theory.  SAGE Open, 12(2),  -1.


Chen, CA. Xu, C., & Chen, D. (2022). “Expecting children to be dragons” in an East Asian context:

Parental expectations of children choosing a career in the public sector. Asia Pacific Journal of

Public Administration,


Goh, Jeremy (2022). Book Review: Theatres of Memory: Industrial Heritage of 20th Century Singapore

by Loh Kah Seng et. al. Berita (Official Publication of Malaysia/Singapore/Brunei Studies Group,

Association for Asian Studies), 48(1), pp. 52-56


Goh, Jeremy (2022). Between ethnicity and dialect: The organization, scope and clientele of the Kwong

Yik Bank in Singapore. Berita (Official Journal of Malaysia/Singapore/Brunei Studies Group, Association

for Asian Studies), 48(1), pp. 17-30.


Goh, Jeremy (2022). Between culture and enterprise: The business history of Tan Yeok Seong.

History Speaks, 48-61.



Lee, C., Lee, J.M. & Liu, Y.P. (2021). Catalysing Innovation and Digital Transformation in Combating

the Covid-19 Pandemic: Whole of Government Collaborations in ICT, R&D and Business Digitization

in Singapore. Public Money and Management. DOI: 10.1080/09540962.2021.1966197


Wang, J., Chandra, K., Du, C., Ding, W.Z and Wu, X. (2021). Assessing the Potential of Cross-Border

Regional Innovation Systems: A Case Study of the Hong Kong-Shenzhen Region.

Technology in Society 65: 101557



Xu Chengwei (2021). Lessons from Public Servants Recruitment in Singapore. National Human Resource Forum,

12, available at (In Chinese)

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Xu, C., Kwa, K.X., & Chen, CA. (2021). Recruitment, Motivation, and Retention of Public Servants: The Case of Singapore.

National Elites Quarterly, 14(3): 125-148. (In Chinese)

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Liu, Y., Lee, J.M. & Lee, C. (2020). The Challenges and Opportunities of a Global Health Crisis: The Management

and Business Implications of COVID-19 from an Asian Perspective. Asian Business & Management, pp. 277-297


Xu, C. & Chen, CA. (2020). Revisiting Motivations for a Public Service Career (MPSC): The case of China.

Public Personnel Management. Online first,


Xu, C. & Wu, AM. (2020). International tax competition and foreign direct investment in the Asia-Pacific region:

a panel data analysis. Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting & Financial Management.

Online first,


Zhang, Zegao and Liu Hong (2020). The Incrementalism Theory and Governance Capacity: A Case Study of

Singapore’s Anti-Convid-19 Measures. Hubei Social Sciences, No.8: 42-51. [In Chinese]



Liu, Hong & Zhou, Yishu. (2019). New Chinese Capitalism and ASEAN Economic Community, in Yos Santasombat, ed.,

The Sociology of Chinese Capitalism in Southeast Asia: Challenges and Prospects.

New York: Palgrave Macmillam, pp. 55-75.


Lee, Celia & Ma, Liang (2019). The Role of Policy Labs in Policy Experiment and Knowledge Transfer:

A Comparison across the United Kingdom, Denmark, and Singapore. J

ournal of Comparative Policy Analysis: Research and Practice, DOI: 10.1080/13876988.2019.1668657


Wei Li, Jue Wang, Rongxiao Chen, Yongqin Xi, Shi Qiang Liu, Feimei Wu, Mahmoud Masoud, and

Xueping Wu (2019), “Innovation-driven industrial green development: the moderating role of

regional factors”. Journal of Cleaner Production 222: 344-354


Jue Wang and Rosalie Hooi (2019), “Motivation for innovation: A study of work climate among university faculty

in Singapore”. Technology Analysis & Strategic Management 31(7): 862-874


Huang, Lingli. (2019). Local Governance in Singapore, in edited book International Experiences on

Social Governance. Beijing: People’s Publishing House.


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