Dr Lhawang Ugyel

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Lhawang Ugyel is currently a Lecturer at the School of Business, UNSW Canberra. From 2016 to 2018, he was a Lecturer at the Development Policy Centre of the Crawford School of Public Policy, and a Visiting Lecturer in Public Policy at the University of Papua New Guinea. He is also an Honorary Academic at the Policy and Governance Program at the Crawford School of Public Policy. And from July 2014 to June 2016, he was a Research Fellow at the Crawford School of Public Policy teaching into the Masters of Public Policy Program and conducting independent research.

Prior to completing his PhD program at the ANU in 2014, he worked for the Royal Government of Bhutan in various capacities. He was the Senior Human Resource Officer for the Royal Civil Service Commission Secretariat for 7 years. He also worked for 3 years as a Policy Analyst with the People’s Project Research Office, a think tank organization started by His Majesty the King of Bhutan. During his PhD program, he worked for the Australian Diabetes Educators Association as a Research Officer from 2010-12, and as a Research Assistant for the project funded by ANZSOG to develop a diagnostic tool to test organisational readiness for change from 2012-13.

His field of research is comparative public administration specializing in public sector reforms, governance networks, performance management, public service motivation and development administration. 


Ugyel L, 2016, Paradigms and public sector reform: Public administration of Bhutan, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-40280-2

Book Chapters

Ugyel L, 2020, 'How “Place” Shapes the Public Servant: Papua New Guinea’s Public Administration Within the Contexts of “Big Man” and “Wantok” Systems', in The Palgrave Handbook of the Public Servant, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-03008-7_86-1

Howes S; Betteridge A; Sause L; Ugyel L, 2018, 'Evidence-Based Policy Making in the Tropics Are Developing Countries Different?', in Fabian M; Breunig R (ed.), , ROUTLEDGE, pp. 253 - 271

Journal articles

Ugyel L; Sause L; Gorea E, 2020, 'Dynamics and tensions of implementingagencification reforms: Experiences of DistrictDevelopment Authorities in Papua New Guinea', Australian Journal of Public Administration, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-8500.12448

Ugyel L; Daugbjerg C, 2020, 'Successful policy transfer and public sector reform in developing countries', Policy & Politics, http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/030557320x15786631116992

Ugyel L, 2019, 'Formal and informal governance networks: Diabetes care in Australia and India', Australian Journal of Public Administration, vol. 78, pp. 359 - 372, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-8500.12372

Corbett J; Veenendaal W; Ugyel L, 2017, 'Why monarchy persists in small states: the cases of Tonga, Bhutan and Liechtenstein', Democratization, vol. 24, pp. 689 - 706, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13510347.2016.1212019

Ugyel L; O’Flynn J, 2017, 'Measuring Policy Success: Evaluating Public Sector Reform in Bhutan', International Journal of Public Administration, vol. 40, pp. 115 - 125, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01900692.2015.1076466

Ugyel L, 2017, 'A decade of performance management reforms in bhutan: Problems and prospects', South Asian Journal of Human Resources Management, vol. 4, pp. 185 - 190, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/2322093717736640

Ugyel L, 2017, 'Relationship between politics and administration: a comparative analysis of legislation and governance in Pacific Island governmental systems', ASIA PACIFIC JOURNAL OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION, vol. 39, pp. 153 - 162, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/23276665.2017.1361626

Ugyel L, 2016, 'Convergences and divergences of public sector reform in Bhutan: dynamics of incremental and transformational policies', ASIA PACIFIC JOURNAL OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION, vol. 38, pp. 118 - 130, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/23276665.2016.1179858

Ugyel L, 2014, 'Explaining hybridity in public administration: An empirical case of bhutan's civil service', Public Administration and Development, vol. 34, pp. 109 - 122, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/pad.1685

Conference Papers

Ugyel L, 2016, 'Big man and patronage system: its role in the public administration system of Papua New Guinea', Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, presented at International Conference on Public Policy., Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, 28 June 2016 - 30 June 2016

Ugyel L; Daugbjerg C, 2015, 'Voluntary policy transfer in developing countries: international and domestic agents and process dynamics', Catholic University of Sacro Cuore, presented at International Conference on Public Policy, Catholic University of Sacro Cuore, 01 July 2015 - 04 July 2015

Blackman D; O'Flynn J; Ugyel L, 2013, 'A Diagnostic Tool for Assessing Organizational Readiness for Complex Change', Hobart, presented at Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference, Hobart, 04 December 2013 - 06 December 2013

Working Papers

Ugyel L, 2018, Integrating Formal and Informal Institutions: Towards a Healthy Community in the Pacific, Development Policy Centre, Australian National University, No. 69, http://dx.doi.org

Ugyel L, 2013, Dynamics of Public Sector Reforms in Bhutan: Interaction of Values within a Hybrid Administration, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University, 1301, http://dx.doi.org