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ARARAL, Eduardo

Eduardo Araral

Vice Dean (Research), Director, Institute of Water Policy and Associate Professor

PhD (Public Policy) Indiana University-Bloomington

Eduardo Araral
Contact Details

DID: +65 6516 4220
Fax: +65 6778 1020

Office Location

469C Bukit Timah Road
Level 3M, Oei Tiong Ham Building

Singapore 259772


Ed is a theoretician and a practitioner. As a theoretician, he specializes in the study of the causes and consequences of institutions for collective action and the governance of the commons. He has published in 20 journals and 17 other publications and presented in 40 conferences. Ed has received 12 awards and recognitions including fellowships from the research centers of 3 Nobel Laureates (Economics), the Ostrom Prize for the Governance of the Commons, Fulbright Phd Awards, a US National Science Foundation Grant, Finalist in the Best Dissertation Prize in Institutional Analysis, and Finalist in the Suez Water Prize. His work has been cited by the NUS President as an example of research that advances knowledge and helps solve important problems for society.

At LKYSPP, he has taught 8 core courses for the MPP, MPA, MPM and PhD Programs including public management, public finance, research methods, policy analysis and program evaluation, institutional analysis and introduction to public policy and analysis. He is also a faculty associate at the Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, the Coase Institute, LKYSPP Institute of Water Policy and a visiting researcher at the University of Paris-Sorbonne.

As a practitioner, Ed has an active portfolio of government advisory, consultancy and executive education. He has served as Strategy Adviser to Kazakhstan’s Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Development as well as to the Government of Vietnam for public administration reform. In addition, Ed has undertaken 18 consultancy projects for Asian Development Bank, World Bank, UNDP, local governments and NGOs. He has also lectured in 115 Executive Education Programs for more than 3,000 government officials from 27 countries in Asia including Ministers, Permanent Secretaries, Directors, City Commissioners and Mayors, NGO leaders, CEOs of multinationals and ranking military officers. Ed has also implemented some 120 projects in the field for 7 years as a staff / Project Manager for an ADB funded poverty alleviation project in the Philippines.

His service / leadership record includes stints as Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs at the LKYSPP, chair of several faculty committees, faculty representative to the NUS Senate, University Committee on Education Policy and the Board of Graduate Studies. He is currently Faculty Adviser to the LKYSPP Executive Education Program and Coordinator for the Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Public Policy. He is a member of 3 Editorial Boards including the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory and the board of the Public Management Research Association, as peer reviewer for 18 journals and as a resource person for local and international media.

Ed obtained his PhD Degree in Public Policy from Indiana University-Bloomington on a Fulbright PhD Scholarship with Elinor Ostrom (2009 Nobel Laureate in Economics) as his mentor.

Research Areas

  • Climate change
  • Decentralisation and federalism
  • Regulatory policy
  • Sustainable development
  • Water management, governance and policy

Media Expertise

  • Philippines
  • Political economy
  • US-China relations
  • Vietnam


Journal Articles


  • Araral, Fritzen,  Howlett, Ramesh and Wu. 2013. Handbook on the Public Policy Process. Routledge. UK
  • Jarvis, Ramesh, Xu and Araral (eds). 2011. Infrastructure Regulation. Routledge. U.K
  • Ramesh, Araral and Wu (eds) 2010. Reasserting the State in Public Services, Routledge. UK

Book Chapters

  • Araral, E. and Ching, L. 2014. The Singapore Water Story. Series 3 Vol 7 in the book series A History of Water. Edited by Terje Ostigard, I.B. Tauris, London.
  • Araral, E. (2011). Infrastructure Regulation: A Review of Issues. In Jarvis, et. al. World Scientific. Singapore.
  • Araral, E., (2010). “Is private water supply necessarily better?” In Ramesh, M, E. Araral and X. Wu, eds. Reasserting the State in Public Services, Routledge.London
  • Ramesh, M and Araral, E. (2010). Introduction and Overview: Reasserting the State in Public Services.  In Ramesh, M, E. Araral and X Wu, eds. Reasserting the State in Public Services, Routledge, 2010. London.
  • Araral, E. (2010) “Comparative Analysis of Water Supply in India and Cambodia”.  In Urban Governance, G. Ramesh, et al. (ed).  Routledge. New Delhi
  • Araral, E. (2007), “Is Foreign Aid Compatible with good governance?”. In Ramesh and Fritzen, eds. Transforming Asian Governance: Rethinking Assumptions, challenging practices. Routledge. London.

Commissioned Papers

  • Araral, E. Vu, M. K. and Nguyen, T. 2012. Governance, Public Administration and Public Management Reforms: What Vietnam can learn from international experience. Commissioned by UNDP Vietnam. Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Araral, E. W. Xun and R. Padawangi (2009).  Lessons learned on water sector projects of the Asian Development Bank and other Donors.  Manila, Philippines, 2009, 50 pp. (Commissioned by the Asian Development Bank).
  • Araral, E. (2009). The Impacts of Community Driven Development on Infrastructure Cost and Quality: Evidence from Indonesia, the Philippines and Nepal.  Manila, Philippines, 70 pp. (Commissioned by the Asian Development Bank).
  • Araral, E and C. Holmemo (2006), Measuring the Costs and Benefits of Community Driven Development. The World Bank Social Development Working Paper Series, no. 102. Washington, DC: 64 pp. (Commissioned by the World Bank).
  • Araral, E (2005). Water Users Associations and Irrigation Management Transfer. The World Bank Environmental Economics Series Paper, 104. Washington, D.C. (Commissioned by the World Bank).

Working Papers

  • Herd Behavior in Stock Markets: A Cross Cultural Analysis (with Loh, Y)
  • Health Politics and Policy  
  • A Formal Model of the Strategic Games that Donors and Bureaucrats Play
  • The Indonesian Fire and Haze Problem: Some Governance Issues
  • Water Governance in China (w/ Yahua, W.)
  • Rural Land Markets in China (W. Yahua and Q. Jiwei)
  • The Contributions of the Ostrom Workshop to the Public Policy Literature
  • Polycentricity and urban environmental management (with Kris Hartley)


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