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AOKI, Naomi

Naomi Aoki 青木尚美

Assistant Professor

PhD in Public Administration, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs,  Syracuse University

Naomi Aoki 青木尚美
Contact Details
DID: 6601 3038
Office Location

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


Originally from Toyohashi, Japan, Naomi left her hometown to attend a college in the United States and studied at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of Johns Hopkins University (MA, May 2003) located in Washington D.C. She subsequently served as a World Bank consultant (2003-2006), engaging with public sector governance reforms in low- and middle-income countries. Combined with her short, but eye-opening study-abroad experience in Africa during her college years, these international career backgrounds inspired her to research, from global and comparative perspectives, issues pertinent to public administration and governance reforms. In December 2010, she obtained PhD in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs in Syracuse, the United States. Her full-time academic career began in August 2011 at the National University of Singapore where she served as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science. She successively joined the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in August 2013.

Naomi Aoki 青木尚美 - CV

Research Areas

  • Administrative and public sector reform
  • Decentralisation and federalism


Comparative Public Administration and Management

  • AOKI, N. and Tay, M. (2015). Managerialism Meets Regime: A Distinctively Singaporean Marriage? Asian Journal of Political Science, 23(3): 346-365.
  • AOKI, N. (2015). Let’s Get Public Administration Right, But in What Sequence? Lessons from Japan and Singapore. Public Administration and Development, 35(3): 206-218.
  • AOKI, N. and Schroeder, L. (2014). An Approach to Measuring Subnational Administrative Autonomy in Education. International Journal of Public Administration, 37(1): 10-19.
  • AOKI, N. (2013 online; 2015 in print). Institutionalization of New Public Management: The Case of Singapore’s Education System. Public Management Review, 17(2): 165-186.
  • AOKI, N. (2012). Determinants of Japanese Local Governments’ Decisions Concerning Performance-Based Reward Systems for Teachers. International Journal of Public Administration, 35(11): 703–714.
  • Schroeder, L. and AOKI, N. (2009). The Challenge of Measuring Decentralization. Journal of Public Administration, 2: 1-16.

Public Management and Disaster Governance

  • AOKI, N. Who Would Be Willing to Lend Their Public Servants to Disaster-Impacted Local Governments? An Empirical Investigation into Public Attitudes in Post-3.11 Japan. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction. (Forthcoming, accepted for publication)
  • AOKI, N. (2015 online, 2016 in print). Adaptive Governance for Resilience in the Wake of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. Habitat International, 52: 20-25.
  • AOKI, N. (2015). Collaborative Manpower Support for Restoring Hope in the Aftermath of the March 11 Disasters in Japan. In C. D. Brassard, D. W. Giles & A. M. Howitt (Eds.), Natural Disaster Management in the Asia-Pacific: Public Policy Perspectives. Springer.
  • AOKI, N. (2014 online; 2015 in print). Wide-Area Collaboration in the Aftermath of the March 11 Disasters in Japan: Implications for Responsible Disaster Management. International Review of Administrative Sciences, 81(1): 196-213.


Modules Taught

  • PP6703: Foundations of Public Administration (PhD)
  • PP5303: Public Management (Masters of Public Management)
  • PP5146: Decentralization, Governance, and Sustainable Development (Elective)
  • PP5137: Public Management and Organisational Behaviour (Elective)
  • PP5137: Public Management and Leadership (Masters of Public Policy)

Teaching Awards

  • National University of Singapore Annual Teaching Excellence Award 2014/2015
  • 2015 Lee Kuan Yew School Teaching Excellence Award for teaching in 2014/2015
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