LKYSPP is dedicated to addressing critical and complex policy challenges in Asia and elsewhere using evidence-based research. Our cross-disciplinary faculty and research centres apply the highest standards of analytic rigour to real-world problem solving in public policy, international development and international affairs and actively engage with policy communities, media, global organisations and students to find actionable policy solutions in these areas. The school’s research is supported by a variety of sources, including highly competitive external grants.


The school has demonstrated expertise in four core research areas: Policy Studies, Public Management and Governance; Social Policy; International Relations and Global Governance; and Economic Development and Competitiveness. Visit the publications page to view our faculty and research centres’ publications.

Policy Studies, Public Management and Governance

We study how governments across Asia respond to diverse policy challenges, including balancing growth and equity, reducing poverty, and promoting sustainable development—with a particular focus on the actors, institutions and mechanisms involved in building a capable state.

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Social Policy

We bring an Asian perspective, insights from Singapore and an interdisciplinary approach to the investigation of critical social policy issues across the region, from labour market dynamics to pension systems and ageing societies.

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International Relations and Global Governance

As Asia plays an increasingly prominent role in global affairs, we study the power shifts taking place in Asia and globally, and explore the geopolitical implications of these shifts for regional order in East and Southeast Asia.

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Economic Development and Competitiveness

We examine the implications of Asia’s economic transformation for the region’s current and future well-being. Among other areas, our research addresses trade and investment; regional economic integration; and the competitiveness of sub-national economies, cities and firms.

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Research Publications and Activities

Our faculty is highly active in authoring impactful journal articles, books, opinion editorials and conference papers. The faculty is also heavily involved in various funded research projects of potentially important policy impact. The school has a vibrant research environment with many faculty, phd students and visiting academics presenting their new research findings at a weekly lunchtime School Research Seminar series. In addition the school’s case study unit that is engaged in writing cases in public policy and public administration in a wide array of contexts with a focus on Singapore specifically but also the rest of Asia.