Ed is a theoretician and a practitioner. As a theoretician, he specializes in the study of governance and institutions for collective action in a variety of contexts ranging from the evolution of institutions in ancient commons to the success and failures of decentralization, public-private partnerships, regulation, public administration and bureaucracies, foreign aid as well as US-China relations. He has published in 11 top journals with another 8 articles under review, 5 book chapters, 3 co-edited books, 2 book projects in progress, 5 commissioned reports, 4 short policy articles and has presented in 26 international/regional conferences. For his academic work, Ed has received 10 awards and recognitions including fellowships from the research centers of 3 Nobel Laureates (Economics), 5 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 5 times by a Nobel Laureate in Economics and by the NUS President as an example of research that advances knowledge and helps solve important problems for society.
At LKYSPP, he has taught 5 core courses for the MPP, MPM and PhD Programs including public management, public finance, research methods, institutional analysis and introduction to public policy and analysis. He is also a faculty associate at the Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis-Indiana University and the Coase Institute 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. His advisory work focuses on institutional reform. He is currently a strategic adviser to the Government of Kazakhstan / Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Development, Banking, Finance and State Enterprises as well as to the Government of Vietnam / Drafting Committee for the 2011-2020 Strategic Development Plan. In addition, Ed has undertaken 18 consultancy projects for clients such as the Asian Development Bank, World Bank, UNDP, local governments and NGOs. He has also lectured in 30 Executive Education Programs for more than 1,500 senior government officials from 27 countries in Asia and Africa including Ministers, Permanent Secretaries, Directors, City Commissioners and Mayors, NGO leaders, CEOs of multinationals and ranking military officers. Ed has also implemented projects in the field for 7 years as a staff/ Project Manager for an ADB funded poverty alleviation project in the Philippines.
His service 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 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 11 top tiered 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 (Nobel Laureate in Economics) as his mentor.
|Awards, Grants and Citations:
- 3 fellowship awards from research centers of 3 Nobel Laureates in Economics (Ostrom (2001-2006), Stigler (2007) and Coase (2004,2006)
- 5 Fulbright Phd Scholarship Awards (2001-2006)
- US National Science Foundation Grant (2007-2008)
- International Water Management Institute Research Grant (2005)
- Finalist, Best Dissertation Prize in Institutional Analysis given by the International Society for New Institutional Economics (2006)
- Finalist, Suez International Water Prize by Suez Water Foundation (2010)
- 5 citations from 2009 Nobel Economics Laureate
- Research cited by NUS President in State of the University Address (2010)
- Research work selected for the NUS Research Highlight of the Month by NUS Office of Deputy President for Research and Technology
- Visiting Researcher, Department of Economics, University of Paris-Pantheon-Sorbonne (2012)
- Temasek Scholarship (1997-98)
|Government Advisory /Consultancy / Executive Education:
- Adviser to the Government of Vietnam (Public Administration Reform)
- Adviser to the Government of Kazakhstan / Deputy Prime Minister (Economic Development, Finance, State Owned Enterprises)
- 18 consultancy projects for ADB, World Bank, UNDP, JBIC,
- Lectured / consulted in Vietnam, Philippines, Brunei, Dubai, Indonesia, Nepal, India, China, Kazakhstan, Singapore, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Azerbaijan
- Assistant Dean (Academic Affairs), NUS-Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (July 2009 to December 2011)
- Represents Dean / Vice Dean in University Senate, Board of Graduate Studies, and University Education Policy
- Committee Chair, LKYSPP Curriculum Committee (2009 to 2011)
- Committee Chair, LKYSPP Adjunct Committee (2010 to 2011)
- Committee Chair, LKYSPP MPP Committee (2009 to June 2011)
- Member, LKYSPP PhD Committee (2010 to 2011)
- Member, LKYSPP Senior Management Committee (2010 to Dec. 2011)
- Deputy Director, Institute of Water Policy (2008)
- Reviewer for 11 top tiered journals including Science, World Development, JPART, Social Science and Medicine, Geoforum, Asian Survey
- Resource person for local and international media (Al Jazeera, Channel News Asia, Straits Times)
- Founding President, Asia Society for Institutional Analysis (ASIASIA) (2010 -)
- Member of the Board, Public Management Research Association (2012-2015)
- Member of Editorial Board, Journal of Public Administration, Research and Theory
- Member of Editorial Board, Water Alternatives
- Member of Editorial Board, International Journal of the Commons
|Research and Publication
- ARARAL, E, "Water governance: Critique, Theory and Evidence from Asia". Water Policy, (2012).
- ARARAL, E, "What are the effects of decentralization in large scale irrigation? Evidence from the Philippines". Water Alternatives, (2011).
- Wang and E. Araral. A Political Transaction Cost Model of the Origins of Social Order: The Case of China and Rejoinder to Fukuyama (under review in Geoforum)
- Araral, E. and Yu. How should we compare? A Protocol for Constructing Composite Indices (under review in the Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis)
- Araral, E. An institutional theory of robust socio-ecological systems: The case of the 2000 year-old Ifugao Society (under review in Ecology and Society)
- Araral. E. A Coasian-Ostrom Approach to Climate Change Adaptation: Insights from the 400 year-old Zangjera Commons (under review in Environmental Science and Policy)
- Araral. The Impacts of Property Rights Reform in Irrigation (revise and resubmit in the Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis)
- Vu, M.K and Araral, E. A Formal Model of the Strategic Games that Donors and Bureaucrats Play (under review in Public Choice)
- Araral, E. (2011). The Impacts of Decentralization on Collective Action in Large Scale Commons. Water Alternatives. 4 (2): 110-123
- Araral, E. (2010). Improving effectiveness and efficiency in the water sector: institutions, infrastructure and indicators. Water Policy. 12(1)
- Araral, E. (2010). Reform of water institutions: review of evidences and international experiences. Water Policy. Vol. 12. No. S1. Pp. 8-22.
- Araral, E. (2009). "What explains collective action in the commons? Theory with econometric results from the Philippines". World Development, Volume 37, Issue 3, March 2009, Pages 687-697
- Araral, E (2009). "Infrastructure regulation and privatization: A framework for analysis". Policy & Society: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Policy Research, 27, no. 3
- Araral, E. (2009). "The failure of water utilities privatization: Synthesis of evidence, analysis and implications". Policy & Society: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Policy Research, 27, No. 3.
- Araral, E. (2008). "The strategic games that donors and bureaucrats play: An Institutional Rational Choice Analysis". Journal of Public Administration Research and TheoryVolume 19, Number 4 pp 853-871
- Araral, E. (2008). "Public Provision for Urban Water: Getting Prices and Governance Right". Governance: An International Journal of Policy and Administration, Vol. 21. No.4.
- Araral, E. (2007), "Is Foreign Aid Compatible with good governance?". Policy and Society, Vol. 26, No. 2.
- Araral, E. (2006). "The Political Economy of Policy Reform in the Philippines:
1992 1998". The Journal of Economic Policy Reform, Vol. 9, No. 4.
- Araral, E (2005). "Bureaucratic Incentives, Path Dependence and Foreign Aid". Policy Sciences, 38, no. 2.
- Araral, E. (2013). Credible Commitment (in progress)
- Howlett, Araral, Fritzen, Ramesh and Wu (eds). 2012. Handbook on Public Policy. Routledge (in progress)
- Araral, E. (2012). Institutions for Collective Action. Edward Elgar (on-going)
- 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
- Schuyler, R. and Araral, E. 2012. Institutional Analysis and Development. In Howlett, Araral, Fritzen, Ramesh and Wu (eds). 2012. Handbook on Public Policy. Routledge. UK
- Araral, E J, (2010). "Is private water supply necessarily better?" In Ramesh, M, E. Araral and X. Wu, Eds. Reasserting the State in Public Services, Routledge.
- 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, 2009.
- Araral, E. (2010) "Comparative Analysis of Water Supply in India and Cambodia". In Urban Infrastructure Governance, G. Ramesh et al (eds). Francis and Taylor.
- Araral, E. (2007), "Is Foreign Aid Compatible with good governance?". In Ramesh and Fritzen, eds. Transforming Asian Governance: Rethinking Assumptions, challenging practices. Routledge.
Short Articles in Policy Journals
- Araral, E. 2010 " German development agencies: Eduardo Araral on Reform of German Agencies for Technical Cooperation. D+C: Development and Cooperation, 37, no. 5.
- Araral, E. 2010. "A Quarter of Humanity". D+C: Development and Cooperation, 37, no. 3
- Araral, E. 2009. "A helping hand, not a grabbing one". D+C: Development and Cooperation, 36, no. 12.
- Araral, E. 2009. "Tragedy of the Commons". D+C: Development and Cooperation, 36, no. 11.
- ARARAL, E, "The Impacts of Community Driven Development: Evidence from Indonesia, Nepal and the Philippines". International Conference on Public Policy. (Invited paper)
- ARARAL, E, "What are the effects of decentralization in large scale irrigation? Evidence from the Philippines". 13th Meeting of the INternational Association for the STudy of the Commons (Invited paper)
- ARARAL, E, "Credible Commitment in PPP for Infrastructure: The Case of Vietnam". 15th Meeting of the International Society for New Institutional Economics (Invited paper)
- ARARAL, E, "How do property rights affect collective action?". 13th Meeting of the INternational Association for the STudy of the Commons (Invited paper)
- Araral, E. and Vu Minh Khuong (2011). Improving Governance and Public Administration in Vietnam. UNDP. 120pp
- 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. The Impacts of Community Driven Development on Infrastructure Cost and Quality: Evidence from Indonesia, the Philippines and Nepal. Manila, Philippines, 2009, 70 pp.
- 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).
Papers presented in international / regional conferences / seminars
- The Asia Water Governance Index. Paper Presented at Tsinghua University School of Environment. Beijing, China. September 2011.
- Institutional Analysis and Development. Paper Presented at Tsinghua University. Beijing, China. July 2011.
- Economic Development in East Asia and Lessons for Mongolia. Paper presented at the National University of Mongolia. June 29, 2011.
- Risk Based Approach to Public Private Partnerships for Infrastructure in Vietnam, 15th Meeting of the International Society for New Institutional Economics, Stanford University, June 16-18, 2011
- Doing Institutional Analysis. Presented at the ASIASIA Workshop on Institutional Analysis. Xiamen University. China. May 27-30, 2011.
- Impacts of Decentralization on Collective Action in Large Scale Commons, 13TH Conference of the International Association for the study of the Common, January 12-14, 2011, Hyderabad, India
- How do property rights affect collective action in a common pool resource? 13TH Conference of the International Association for the study of the Common, January 12-14, 2011, Hyderabad, India
- Community Driven Development as a Strategy to promote inclusive growth: Evidence from Nepal, Philippines and Indonesia, presented at the 2010 Public Policy Conference, August 9-11, 2010, Indian Institute of Management-Bangalore, India
- Public Private Partnership for Urban Infrastructure, presented at a workshop at the Administrative Staff College of India, Hyderabad, August 12, 2010
- Measuring Water Governance, paper presented at a seminar at the Center for Analytical Theory of Organizations and Markets (ATOM), May 25-27, 2010, Faculty of Economics, Universite’ Paris, Pantheon-Sorbonne, France.
- Next Generation Infrastructure, Next Generation Regulation? Presented at the 13th Economics of Infrastructures Conference (in Honor of 2009 Nobel Prize Winners Elinor Ostrom and Oliver Williamson), May 28-30, 2010, School of Technology, Policy and Management, Technology University (TU) – Delft, The Netherlands.
- Comparative Analysis of Urban Water Supply in South and Southeast Asia, presented at the 2nd Workshop on Urbanization in Southeast Asian Countries, March 18-19, 2010, Center for Livable Cities and Center for ASEAN Studies, ISEAS, Singapore.
- Asia Water Governance Index, presented at the Singapore International Water Week – Water Convention, June 30, 2010,Singapore.
- Issues in Water Tariff Setting, presented at the International Conference on Water Resources Management, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
- The effects of property rights on collective action under conditions of resource scarcity. 13th Meeting of the International Society for New Institutional Economics, June 18-20, 2009, University of California, Berkeley, CA, United States
- A public choice approach to the analysis of bureaucratic incentives. 13th Meeting of the International Society for New Institutional Economics, June 18-20, 2009, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, USA
- What can institutional analysis tell us about long-lived societies? The case of the 2000 year-old Ifugao society. Workshop on Political Theory and Policy Analysis, June 3-5, 2009, Indiana University, United States
- The impact of the devolution of property rights in natural resource management? APPAM International Conference on Environmental Policy, June 11-14, 2009, Korea Development Institute, Seoul, South Korea
- The impacts of regulation on the performance urban water supply. Infrastructure Regulation: What Works, Why and How do we know?, 25 -26 Feb 2009, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
- Time to Rethink Japanese Aid. Capacity Development and Institutional Change in International Development Cooperation, 17 18 Jul 2008, Waseda University and JICA, Tokyo, Japan
- Where Have All the Waters Gone? International Conference on Water Resource Management, 11 13 Jan 2008, Arizona State University, Phoenix, Arizona, USA
- Research on Institutions for collective action. Ronald Coase Institute 1st Asia Conference on Institutional Analysis, 5 10 Jan 2008, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore.
- The Effects of Property Rights on Collective Action. Workshop on Institutional Analysis, 1 4 Dec 2006, George Stigler Center for the Study of the State and Economy, University of Chicago, Chicago, United States.
- Decentralization Puzzles: The Political Economy of Irrigation Policy Reform in the Philippines. 10th Annual Meeting of the International Society for New Institutional Economics, 9 Sep 2006, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, United States
- United Arab Emirates Vision 2015: Lessons from Singapore. Paper presented at the UAE 2015 Conference, June 20-24, 2007, Burj Al Arab, Dubai, UAE.
- Governance, Moral Hazard and the Fungibility of Foreign Aid. International Conference on Governance, December 2006, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia.
- ARARAL, E, M K VU* and AN Nguyen*, Improving efficiency and effectiveness of public administration, management and governance: what can Vietnam learn from international experience?. Consulting. Hanoi: UNDP, 2011. 77 pp. (This report is a component of the project "support for formulation of socio economic development strategy 2011 2020", which is carried out in collaboration between UNDP and the Vietnamese government.).
- ARARAL, E, "The Trust Factor in US China Ties". Singapore: The Straits Times, 2012.