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Teaching Team

Teaching Team

MPUP’s teaching team is both internationalized and experienced. It has a good mix of academic staff from different departments, policymakers and practitioners in the real world, which is a good representation of its interdisciplinary nature. Most teachers earned their highest academic qualifications in world-renowned universities, e.g. LSE, the University of New England, the University of Toronto, the University of Chicago, Princeton University, while some veteran practitioners are with ample experience serving in government bodies and/or private sectors. Their experience would be a valuable demonstration of knowledge application. Each teaching faculty specializes in their field to maximize students’ learning.

Dr. James F. DOWNES

(BA, First Class Honours, MSc, Essex; PhD, Kent, Cert (Teaching Excellence), CUHK, AFHEA)

Dr. James F. DOWNES is a Lecturer in Comparative Politics and Head of the Undergraduate Admissions and PR Panel in the Department of Government and Public Administration at CUHK. James also serves on the Programme Management Executive Committee of the MSSc in Public Policy Programme (MPUP) and teaches on the MPUP Programme, the Greater China Programme (GPGC) and the Global Studies Programme at CUHK.

He is the Chair (Head) of the Faculty of Social Sciences Student Discipline Committee at CUHK and serves on the Senate Committee for Student Discipline (Panel of Judges). James is also Co-Director of the International Affairs Research Centre at The Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies (CUHK).

James is a Senior Research Fellow and Head of The Populism Research Unit at The Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right (CARR, UK). He is a Research Fellow (Honorary) in The Global Europe Centre at the University of Kent/Brussels School of International Studies (UK/Belgium) and at The Centre for Research & Social Progress (CeRSP) in Italy.

He has also been a Visiting Scholar at the European Union Academic Programme Hong Kong (EUAP) and at The Brussels School of International Studies (Belgium). He previously worked in the Department of Politics and Public Administration at The University of Hong Kong (HKU).  He also holds an Advanced Certificate in Statistics (Multilevel Modelling) from the University of Oxford (UK) and Methods for Evaluation Research (Public Policy) from The Essex Summer School in Social Science Data Analysis.

He has provided regular media analysis relating to European (Brexit and Populism) and EU Politics for CNBC, CNN, BBC, SCMP amongst others. His articles have appeared in prestigious outlets such as JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies, Electoral Studies, Routledge, alongside Columbia University Press/ibidem Verlag (Forthcoming), SAGE (Forthcoming) and The London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) EUROPP amongst others.

Prof. Peter FONG

(BSSc, CUHK; MPUP, PHD, New York University)

Prof. Fong is President of HK Public Administration Association & Editor-in-Chief of Public Administration & Policy Journal published by Emerald; He teaches strategic management and supervises DBA students’ dissertations of University of Wales. He holds Advisory/Visiting Professorships in Tongji, Tsinghua, Renmin, Tianjin Universities and HK Poly U. He is a fellow of HK Institute of Planners & Planning Institute Australia. He was a Teaching Fellow of Judge Business School, University of Cambridge; Director of EMBA programme, HKU Business School; Associate Professor, Department of Urban Planning, HKU; Executive Vice President of City University of Macao; Head, Centre for China Development, HKU SPACE; Honorary Professor, China Training Centre for Senior Civil Servants in Beijing; Studies Director, Civil Service Training & Development Institute, HKSAR Government; Visiting Scholar, MIT; and Consultants, the World Bank and Delta Asia Bank.


(BSc, MSc, Madrid; MPA, PHD, HKU)

Prof. Francesch-Huidobro is a political scientist with over twenty-five years of academic and professional experience in public policy and environmental, sustainability, climate change and energy security policy analysis. Before joining CUHK, she undertook consultancy (Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, Civic Exchange, Carbon Care Asia, etc) and was professor of political science and public administration at the University of Hong Kong (2005-2008) and City University of Hong Kong (2009-2016). She holds a BSc and MSc in Microbiology (Madrid), a master’s in Public Administration (MPA- HKU), and a PhD in Political Science and Public Administration (HKU).

Her work revolves around the processes by which Asian polities manage institutional and policy changes when confronted with new environmental demands, be it geopolitical, socio-economic or technical. Her analysis firmly relies on stakeholders’ engagement as a way to ascertain the pros and cons of the policy solutions proposed. She has led numerous publicly and privately funded projects which have resulted, among others, in strategies for carbon reduction implementation and assessment models and enabling low carbon living at district level. Recent projects include studies on the role of cities in climate diplomacy, on low carbon transitions in isolated electricity supply systems in Southeast Asia, and on carbon pricing policies. She is author of Governance, Politics and the Environment: a Singapore Study (ISEAS 2008), and co-author of Governing Climate Change in Chinese Cities (Routledge 2015). Her work on climate adaptation governance in delta cities has been cited by the IPCC Special Report on 1.5C (2018).

Prof. Kin Che LAM

(BA, MPhil, HKU; PhD, University of New England)

Prof. Lam is Adjunct Professor in the Department of Geography and Resource Management of CUHK. His research interests include environmental policy, environment impact assessment and environmental noise. He is formerly Chairman of the Advisory Council on the Environment and member of a number of Advisory Committees and Appeal Boards of the Hong Kong SAR. He is currently environmental consultant (contract) of World Bank and Honorary and Adjunct Professor of several universities in China and Australia. He was appointed Justice of the Peace and bestowed the Silver Bauhinia Star in 2002 and 2006 respectively.

Prof. Pierre LANDRY 

MA (Virginia); PhD (Michigan)

Prof. Landry is Full Professor in the Department of Government and Public Administration. Prof . Landry’s undergraduate training was in economics and law at Sciences-Po in Paris. He received his Ph.D in Political Science at the University of Michigan and am also an alumnus of the University of Virginia (MA in Foreign Affairs) and the Johns Hopkins-Nanjing University program at the Center for Chinese and American Studies in Nanjing.

Prof. Landry's research interests focus on Asian and Chinese politics, comparative local government, quantitative comparative analysis and survey research. He have written on governance and the political management of officials in China. Besides articles and book chapters in comparative politics and political methodology, he is the author of “Decentralized Authoritarianism in China” with Cambridge University Press (2008).

Prof. Kaman LEE

(BA, MA, University of Western Ontario; PhD, HKBU)

Prof. Lee is an Associate Professor in School of Journalism and Communication of CUHK. She was awarded CUHK Vice-Chancellor’s Exemplary Teaching Award and Faculty of Social Science Exemplary Teaching Award in 2011 to recognize her commitment to quality teaching. Her research interests include corporate communication, crisis management, leadership branding, government public relations and gender issues in workplace.

Prof. Carlos LO

(BSSc, MPhil, CUHK; SJD, Renmin; PhD, Flinders University)

Prof. Lo is the Head of Department of Government and Public Administration, CUHK since August 2017. He obtained his PhD degree from the Flinders University of South Australia in 1990 and received a doctor of law degree from the Renmin University of China in 2001. His main research interests are in the areas of law and government, environmental management, public sector management, and corporate social and environmental responsibility, within the contexts of China and Hong Kong. Recently, Prof. Lo has offered consultant services and organized management training programs for public and business sectors. His works have appeared in leading international academic journals.


(BA, Carleton College; PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Dr. Michelson is the Chairman of Asia CEO Forum for IMA Asia. He established APCO Worldwide’s first Asia office in 1997 and is now a Senior Counselor. From 2004 through 2008, he was the Associate Director-General at Invest Hong Kong, HKSAR Government. Dr. Michelson served as the Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, and has been a member of three Hong Kong Government advisory committees. He is a Trustee of the American Chamber Charitable Foundation, a member of the Hong Kong-America Center board and of the Fulbright Advisory Committee.

Prof. Miron MUSHKAT

(BA, Tel Aviv University; MA, Carleton University; PhD, Manchester University)

Prof. Mushkat is currently an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Social Science of CUHK and a Visiting Professor in Managerial Economics in MBA Program, College of Business Administration of University of Northern Iowa. His primary research interests lie in economics, finance, law and public policy with special emphasis on the Asia-Pacific region--areas in which he has published extensively. Prof. Mushkat has had substantial working experience at various international and Asian commercial banks, investment banks and investment management firms. He has also served as professor and adjunct/visiting professor at several Australasian, Hong Kong, UK and US universities.

Prof. Travis NG

(B.Comm, U. of Toronto at Scarborough; MA, PhD, University of Toronto)

Prof. Ng is an Associate Professor in Department of Economics of CUHK. His research interests are industrial organization and applied economic theory. Prof. Ng received CUHK Vice-Chancellor’s Exemplary Teaching Award and Faculty of Social Science Exemplary Teaching Award in 2010 to recognize his contributions in teaching.

Prof. William James Clark SMITH

BA (Univ. of East Anglia), MA, PhD (Univ. of Warwick)

Prof. Smith is Associate Professor in the Department of Government and Public Administration. He graduated with a BA (First Class Hons.) in English Studies from the University of East Anglia (UK). After a brief stint working for a law firm in London, he carried out all of his postgraduate education at the University of Warwick (UK). He achieved an MA (with Distinction) in Politics, before successfully completing his PhD on the philosophy of civil disobedience under the supervision of Professor Susan Hurley (Politics) and Professor Robert Fine (Sociology). Prior to taking up his current position at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, he worked as a lecturer at the University of Warwick and the University of Dundee (UK).

Prof. Annie TAM (Honorary Professor, Faculty of Social Science)


Prof. Tam, a former Administrative Officer who has just retired from the civil service with her last position as the Permanent Secretary for Labour and Welfare, has recently been appointed as the Honorary Professor of the Faculty of Social Science. She has served in the government for over 36 years with postings of leading and important positions. She is dedicated to MPUP by committing herself in MPUP teaching, workshops and mentorship programme.

Prof. King Kwun TSAO

(BA, CUHK; BA, University of California; MA, PhD, University of Chicago)

Prof. Tsao is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Government and Public Administration of CUHK. His research interests include comparative studies between and among China, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan; and civil service development and public administration in China and the United States. Prof. Tsao has been a visiting scholar at Oxford University, Stanford University, University of California at Berkeley, Fudan University, Peking University and Harvard University. His articles have appeared in Public Administration Review, Australian Journal of Public Administration; Administration and Society and among others.