Ora-orn Poocharoen

Adjunct Associate Professor

PhD (Public Administration), Syracuse University

Ora-orn Poocharoen
Contact Details

DID: +65 6516 2541
Fax: +65 6778 1020

Office Location

469B Bukit Timah Road
Level 2, Li Ka Shing Building
Singapore 259771


Ora is currently Dean, Faculty of Political Science and Public Administration, Chiang Mai University, Thailand (2015-2019); and Adjunct Associate Professor, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. Most recently, she has been appointed to the United Nation’s Committee of Experts on Public Administration (Jan 2018 – July 2021).

Ora’s research expertise includes public administration theory, comparative public management, network management, human resource management, co-production and public participation. Specific topics include the corruption of performance information, the role of consultants in the policy process, the emergence of secondary cities in South-East Asia and smart cities.

She is on the board of International Public Management Journal, and she served as an Associate Editor for Policy Sciences in 2015. Her articles have appeared in journals such as Public Management Review, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Public Performance and Management Review, and Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis. Some of her recent publications are “Meritocracy in Asia Pacific” (2013) in Review of Public Personnel Administration; “Collaboration, Coproduction, Networks: Convergence of Theories” (2015) in Public Management Review; and “Performance Management of Collaborative Projects: the Stronger the Collaboration the Less is Measured” (2016) in Public Performance and Management Review.

With over 13 years of professional academic experience, Ora has advised and done research for various institutions in Thailand, including the Office of Public Sector Anti-Corruption Commission, the Office of the Public Sector Development Commission, the Bureau of Budget and the World Bank, as well as for organizations such as the United Nations Development Programme, the German Agency for Technical Cooperation, Transparency International, the Asia Foundation, Oxfam, the Asia Productivity Organization and the International Budget Partnership. She has also provided consultation services to the Indonesian Government on talent management in the public sector.

Currently she is on the Smart City Committee for the province of Chiang Mai, Thailand (2017 onwards) and is the advisor to the Office of Public Sector Anti-Corruption Commission, Thailand.

She was a full time faculty member at the LKY School from 2007 to 2015, where she focused on teaching courses related to public management and was the Assistant Dean (Student Affairs) for 2 years, spearheaded the Case Development Unit and Chaired the MPA program for several years. In 2015, she won the Annual Teaching Excellence Award at the National University of Singapore. Prior to working in Singapore, she taught at the Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand.


Ora-orn Poocharoen - CV

Research Areas

  • Co-production
  • Comparative public management
  • Network management
  • Public Administration theory
  • Public participation


Journal Publications:

  • Poocharoen, O, “Co-production as a Policy Tool: Merging Policy and Management Thinking to Advance Policy Theory” (revise & resubmit stage) (with Michael Howlett & Anka Kekez Kostro)
  • Poocharoen, O, “Intersections between Civil Society, Insurgency, and Development: Case of the Subnational Conflict in the South of Thailand”. The Journal of Territorial and Maritime Studies, (forthcoming).
  • Poocharoen, O, “Performance Management of Collaborative Projects: the Stronger the Collaboration the Less is Measured”. Public Performance and Management Review, (forthcoming). (with Norma, Hoi-Lam Wong)
  • Poocharoen, O, “Collaboration, Coproduction, Networks – Convergence of Theories”. Public Management Review, (2015). (with Bernard Ting)
  • Poocharoen, O, “Talent Management in the Public Sector: A comparative study of Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand”. Public Management Review, 15 (8), pp. 1185-1207. (2013). (with Celia Lee) http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/eQzxIbVCUummgNBTaJBt/full (50 free access)
  • Poocharoen, O, “Meritocracy in Asia: Issues and Challenges”. Review of Public Personnel Administration, 33 (2), pp. 140-163. (2013). (with Alex Brilliantes)
  • Poocharoen, O, “Exploring the Challenges of Energy and Resources Network Governance”. Energy Policy, 42, pp. 409-418. (2012). (with Benjamin Sovocool)
  • Poocharoen, O, “The Case for Public Administration with a Global Perspective”. Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, 21 (SUPPL. 1), pp. i45-i51. (2011). (with Y. Hou, A. Ni, K. Yang, Z. Zhao)
  • Poocharoen, O, “Crossing the Divide: Building Bridges between Public Administration Practitioners and Scholars”. Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, 21 (SUPPL. 1), pp. i99-i112. (2011). (with B. Bushouse, W. Jacobson, K. Lambright, J. Llorens, R Morse)
  • Poocharoen, O, “Bureaucratic Politics and Administrative Reforms: Why Politics Matter.” Public Organization Review: A Global Journal, 10 (4), pp. 303-321. (2010). (with Bidhya Bowornwathana)
  • Poocharoen, O, “The Bureaucracy: Problem or Solution to Thailand’s Far South Flames?” Contemporary Southeast Asia, (2010).
  • Poocharoen, O, “Managing Reforms: The Politics of Organizing Reform Work.” Public Organization Review: A Global Journal, 5 (3), pp. 233-247. (2005). (with Bidhya Bowornwathana)
  • Poocharoen, O, “Routes to scholarly success in public administration: is there a right path?”. Public Administrative Review , 64, no. 1, pp. 92-105. (2004). (with L. Schroeder, R. O’Leary, D. Jones)


  • Poocharoen, O, Governance and Policy for Ganga Rejuvenation: Directions towards a brighter future, World Scientific, 2015. (editor with Wu Xun and Robert Wasson)(forthcoming)
  • Poocharoen, O, Problems of the Three Southern Border Provinces: Policy Recommendations (In Thai), Bangkok: Chulalongkorn University Press, 2009. (with Ake Tangsupvattana)
  • Poocharoen, O, CEO Provincial Governors in Thailand: Its intentions and realities. (In Thai), Bangkok: Chulalongkorn University Press, 2008. 222 pp. (with Ake Tangsupvattana)

Book Chapters:

  • Poocharoen, O, “Bureaucracy, I Love You”. In Governing Asia: Reflections on a Research Journey. World Scientific (2014). pp.141-146. doi: 10.1142/9789814635394_0026.
  • Poocharoen, O, “Controlling or Empowering Non-Profit Organizations?: Dimensions of Accountability in Singapore”. In Brandsen, W. Trommel, B. Verschuere (eds) Manufacturing Civil Society: The Risks of Governance (2014). (with Fazlin Abdullah)
  • Poocharoen, O, “Bureaucracy and the Policy Process”. In Araral, Fritzen, Howlett, Ramesh, Wu (eds) Routledge Handbook of Public Policy (2012).
  • Poocharoen, O, “A Personal Memo from a Woman Teaching Public Administration in Asia”. In The Future of Public Administration, Public Management, and Public Service Around the World: The Minnowbrook Perspective, ed. Rosemary O’Leary, David M. Van Slyke, Soonhee Kim. Washington D.C.: Georgetown University Press (2010).
  • Poocharoen, O, “Integration of Management Areas”. In In Pursuit of Performance: Management Systems in State and Local Government , ed. Patricia Ingraham. Maryland: John Hopkins University Press, pp. 178-194 (2007).



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