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Wai-Fung Lam
Associate Dean (Innovation) of Social Sciences
Professor, Public Administration
Director of Policy for the Sustainability Lab
Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Hong Kong
Global MPP Course: Art and Craft of Public Policy Analysis
 
Phone: +(852) 3917 2391
 
Expertise: Sustainable development, common-pool resource management, institutional policy analysis, public governance, and civil society.
 
Wai-Fung (Danny) Lam is Associate Dean (Innovation) of Social Sciences, Professor of Public Administration, and Director of Policy for Sustainability Lab (PSL) in the Faculty of Social Sciences 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 evolved around the design of efficient institutional arrangements for the governance of public resources, a core issue in public administration and sustainable development.  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), and Public Policymaking in Hong Kong: Civic Engagement and State-Society Relations in a Semi-Democracy (2012).  Professor Lam’s research has appeared in major international journals including Governance, International Journal of the Commons, Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis, Journal of Institutional Economics, Policy Sciences, Voluntas, and World Development.  He is now serving on the editorial committees of International Review of Administrative Sciences (IRAS), 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).
 

Publications 

  • Li, Wei, and Wai Fung Lam. 2017. "Network Structure, Resource Availability, and Innovation: A Study of the Adoption of Innovation in Elderly Services in Shanghai.” InPublic Service Innovations in China, eds. Yijia Jing and Stephen Osborne, 43-68. Palgrave.
  • Lam, Wai Fung, and Chung Yuan Chiu. 2016. “Institutional nesting and robustness of self-governance: The adaptation of irrigation systems in Taiwan.”International Journal of the Commons 10(2), pp.953–81. DOI: http://doi.org/10.18352/ijc.638
  • Lam, Wai Fung, and Kwan Nok Chan. 2015. “Policy Advocacy in Transitioning Regimes: Comparative Lessons from the Case of Harbour Protection in Hong Kong.”Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis: Research and Practice. DOI:1080/13876988.2015.1095427.
  • Radin, Beryl A., and Wai Fung Lam. 2015. “Micro and Macro Approaches to Social Innovation: Mapping the Approaches of Significant Funders and Advocates—Comparative Experience in East Asia, Europe and the United States.”Asia Pacific Journal of Public Administration 37(3): 161-81.
  • Lam, Wai Fung, and Kwan Nok Chan. 2015. “How Authoritarianism Intensifies Punctuated Equilibrium: The Dynamics of Policy Attention in Hong Kong.”Governance 28(4): 549-70.
  • Lam, Wai Fung. 2015. “Understanding the Dynamics of Institutional Change and Irrigation Assistance.” InTrajectory of Farmer Managed Irrigation Systems, eds. P. Pradhan, U Gautam, and N.M. Joshi. Kathmandu: Farmer Managed Irrigation Systems Promotion Trust.
  • Chan, Elaine, and Wai Fung Lam. 2015. “Giving in Hong Kong: A Growing Sector Evading Regulation.” InThe Palgrave Handbook of Global Philanthropy, eds. Pamala Wiepking and Femida Handy, 369-87. Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Lam, Wai Fung, and Wang Xiaoqi. 2014. “The Cognitive Foundation of a Co-production Approach to Performance Measurement: How do Officials and Citizens Understand Government Performance in China?”Public Administration and Development 34(1): 32-47.
  • Ostrom, Elinor, Wai Fung Lam, Prachanda Pradhan and Ganesh P. Shivakoti. 2011.Improving Irrigation in Asia: Sustainable Performance of an Innovative Intervention in Nepal. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
  • Lam, Wai Fung. 2011. “The Tragedy of the Commons.” InEncyclopedia of Political Science, eds. B. Badie, D. Berg-Schlosser, and L. Morlino, Leonardo. Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications.
  • Lam, Wai Fung. 2010. “Governing the Commons.” InHandbook of Governance, ed. Mark Bevir, 501-17. Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications.
  • Lam, Wai Fung, and Elinor Ostrom. 2010. “Analyzing the Dynamic Complexity of Development Interventions: Lessons from an Irrigation Experiment in Nepal.”Policy Sciences 43: 1-25.
  • Lam, Wai Fung. 2006. “Foundations of a Robust Social-ecological System: Irrigation Institutions in Taiwan.”Journal of Institutional Economics 2(2): 1-24.
  • Lam, Wai Fung. 2006. “Designing Institutions for Irrigation Management: Comparing Irrigation Agencies in Nepal and Taiwan.”Property Management 24(2): 162-78.
  • Lam, Wai Fung. 2005. “Coordinating the Government Bureaucracy in Hong Kong: An Institutional Analysis.”Governance 18(4): 633-54.
  • Shivakoti, Ganesh P., Douglass Vermillion, Wai Fung Lam, Elinor Ostrom, Ujjwal Pradhan, Robert Yoder (Eds.). 2005.Asian Irrigation Systems in Transition: Responding to the Challenges Ahead. New Delhi/Thousand Oaks/London: Sage Publications.
  • Amatya, Pradyumna, Wai Fung Lam, Nicole McCoy, and Prashant Amatya. 2004. “Explaining Intervention Outcome in Farmer Managed Irrigation Systems.”Asia-Pacific Journal of Rural Development 14(1): 68-86.
  • Lam, Wai Fung, and Ganesh P. Shivakoti. 2002. “Farmer-to-Farmer Training as an Alternative Intervention Strategy.” InImproving Irrigation Governance and Management in Nepal, eds. Ganesh Shivakoti and Elinor Ostrom, 204-21. Oakland, CA: Institute for Contemporary Studies (ICS) Press.
  • Lam, Wai Fung. 2001. “Coping with Change: A Study of Local Irrigation Institutions in Taiwan.”World Development 29(9): 1569-92.
  • Lam, Wai Fung, and James L. Perry. 2000. “The Role of the Nonprofit Sector in Hong Kong’s Development.”Voluntas 11(4): 357-75.
  • Lam, Wai Fung. 1998.Governing Irrigation Systems in Nepal: Institutions, Infrastructure, and Collective Action. Oakland, CA: Institute for Contemporary Studies (ICS) Press.
  • Lam, Wai Fung, Myungsuk Lee, and Elinor Ostrom. 1997. “The Institutional Analysis and Development Framework: Application to Irrigation Policy in Nepal.”  InPolicy Analysis Concepts and Methods: An Institutional and Implementation Focus, ed. Derek W. Brinkerhoff, 53-85. CT: JAI Press.
  • Lam, Wai Fung. 1996. “Institutional Design of Public Agencies and Coproduction: A Study of Irrigation Associations in Taiwan.”World Development 24(6): 1039-54.  [Reprinted in State-Society Synergy: Government and Social Capital in Development, ed. Peter Evans, 11-47. Berkeley, CA: University of California at Berkeley, 1997.  Also reprinted in Polycentric Governance and Development, ed. Michael McGinnis, 296-325. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1999.]
  • Lam, Wai Fung. 1996. “Improving the Performance of Small-Scale Irrigation Systems: The Effects of Technological Investments and Governance Structure on Irrigation Performance in Nepal.”World Development 24(8):1301-15. [Reprinted in Polycentric Governance and Development, ed. Michael McGinnis, 269-95. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1999.]
  • Lam, Wai Fung, Myungsuk Lee, and Elinor Ostrom. 1994. “An Institutional Analysis Approach: Findings from the NIIS on Irrigation Performance.”  InFrom Farmers' Fields to Data Fields and Back: A Synthesis of Participatory Information Systems for Irrigation and Other Resources, eds. Jennifer Sowerine, Ganesh Shivakoti, Ujjwal Pradhan, Ashutosh Shukla, and Elinor Ostrom, 69-93. Colombo, Sri Lanka:IIMI and Rampur, Nepal:IAAS.
  • Ostrom, Elinor, Wai Fung Lam, and Myungsuk Lee. 1994. “The Performance of Self-Governing Irrigation Systems in Nepal.” Human Systems Management 13(3): 197-207.
  • Tang, Shui Yan, James L. Perry, and Wai Fung Lam. 1994. “The Politics of Structural Reform in Hong Kong: An Institutional Perspective.” International Review of Administrative Sciences 60(3):447-64.z