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’s research interests include comparative public management, network management, human resource management, urban governance, and sub‐national conflict in Thailand. Her current research projects are on corruption of performance information, the role of consultants in the policy process, talent management in the public sector, integrity and meritocracy in Asia, emergence of secondary cities in Southeast Asia and ICT, branding of cities and policies, public participation, and subnational conflicts.

Ora has advised and researched for various institutes in Thailand, including the National Counter Corruption Commission of Thailand, the Office of the Public Sector Development Commission, the Bureau of Budget, the Public Policy Development Office, Action Aid, and the World Bank in Bangkok, and also for international organizations such as Transparency International and the Asia Foundation. Recently she has provided consultation to the Indonesian government on talent management in the public sector.

Between 2009‐2011, Ora held the position of Assistant Dean (Student Affairs) at the LKY School and committee chair for the Master in Public Administration program. She is now the faculty coordinator for the flagship module called Governance Study Project. Ora co‐chairs the Teaching Excellence Committee and sits on the Faculty Recruitment Committee. Prior to joining the LKY School, Ora taught at Chulalongkorn University, where she was deputy head of the Public Administration Department in the Faculty of Political Science.

Ora is also on the board of several journals, including International Public Management Journal and is an Associate Editor for Policy Sciences.

In 2014, Ora won the best Teaching Award at the LKY School (Departmental level) and the Annual Teaching Execellence Award at the National University of Singapore (University level). See Ora’s learning journey at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6fUNQcjgUo.

Ora-orn Poocharoen - CV

Research Areas

  • Administrative and public sector reform
  • Network management
  • Performance management and public values
  • 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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