Dr. Ora-orn Poocharoen, Founder
To generate top quality research products that can help enhance public policy decisions in the areas such as urban management, digital society and governance, environment and energy policies.
To train scholars and practitioners in skills related to policy making, policy analysis, policy branding and communications, and policy advocacy.
To shape new discourses on our understanding and practices of public policy processes in the world.
There are four main reasons why public policy education and research is more important today than ever before. Firstly, the world is faced with many ‘wicked’ problems ranging from climate change, corruption, haze, terrorism, refugees, to urbanization issues.
We are living in a VUCA world condition – Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, and Ambiguity. All of these complex problems hinder our global progress to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) of the UN. These pressing public problems, coupled with the rapid sociological, political, economic and technological changes today require public policy analysts to see problems and solutions as multifaceted. This includes the skill sets to analyze issues utilizing political, economic, managerial perspectives, and the ability to decipher quantitative and qualitative data sets, in addition to effectively communicate policy messages.
Secondly, in many parts of the world the processes of policymaking are a black box of complex sets of committees, consultants, bureaus, and other powerful actors. Often the process ignores the need to find evidence or sound data sets for policy decisions, which frequently leads to fail policies. Thus there is great need to foster ‘evidence-based policy-making’, which is essential for effective governance in all countries regardless of Social-economic levels.
In addition, there is rapid growing trend of big data analytics and decision-making, however the public sector is not capitalizing on this trend fast enough. Partly this is due to the lack of capacity to utilize the mass information obtained. There is great room to enhance policy ideas via crowdsourcing techniques and other online mechanisms.
Lastly, amidst all these needs, there are not enough real policy analysts in the world. Thus there is an urgent need to build a new generation of public policy scholars who have holistic views of public policy and governance in Asia.