Dr. Wai-Hang YEE 余偉鏗

Assistant Professor: YEE, Henry Wai-Hang received his Bachelor and Master degrees from the University of Hong Kong. He examined China’s environmental governance reform for his Ph.D. at the University of Southern California (USC). After graduation, he joined the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, as Assistant Professor (2012-2015), where he also served as Research Fellow at the Asian Competitiveness Institute (2013-2015), Convener for the specialization in public management and leadership, Master of Public Policy (2014-2015), and won the Research Excellence Award (2014). He joined the Department of Politics and Public Administration, The University of Hong Kong, in January, 2016.

Wai-Hang has been actively involved in a few other research projects. Since 2006, he has been collaborating with an international network of scholars, studying how political-institutional environments shape structures and performances of public agencies among OECD countries. Since 2011, with colleagues from the Civic Engagement Initiative at USC, he has also been researching on the social movement of homeowner associations (HOAs) in China. Recently, he is working closely with colleagues from the Renmin University of China on China’s food safety regulatory reform.

Selected Publications

  • MacCarthaigh, M., Painter, M., & Yee, W. H. Managing for legitimacy: Agency governance in its “deep” constitutional context. Public Administration Review (Available at
  • Yee, W. H., Tang, S. Y., & Lo, C. W. H. Regulatory compliance when the rule of law is weak: Evidence from China’s environmental reform. Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory (Available at
  • Yee, W. H., Lo, C. W. H., & Tang, S. Y. (2013). Assessing ecological modernization in China: Stakeholder demands and corporate environmental management practices in Guangdong Province. China Quarterly, 213: 101-129 .
  • Painter, M., & Yee, W. H. (2012). Agencies and policy in an administrative state: The case of Hong Kong. Policy and Society, 31(3): 223-235.
  • Painter, M., & Yee, W. H. (2011). Task matters: A structural-instrumental analysis of the autonomy of Hong Kong government bodies. American Review of Public Administration, 41(4): 395-410.