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Lien Research Programme

NCPA scholars have made notable achievements in areas including politics, economics, social development and public management which integrates multi- and cross-disciplinary perspectives. Particularly significant is its strong research capabilities on topics including transnational governance in contemporary Asia, China-Southeast Asia relations, developmental political economics, Singapore’s economic policies and development, China’s economic reforms and development, China’s public administration and reforms, urban planning, governance, sustainable development and environmental policies, neo-economy and logistics management, among others.


Research Collaboration

As a leading institution that promotes good governance and public service excellence, the research team continuously seek out strategic alliances and collaborations to organize events and conduct research that inform practice in public and non-profit sectors. NCPA has established solid collaborative networks with world-renowned organisations in public administration, such as the International Institute of Administrative Sciences (IIAS), Metropolis International, Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA), the UNDP Global Centre for Public Service Excellence (GCPSE) and Asia Philanthropy Circle. NCPA also collaborates with many renowned Chinese universities such as Shanghai Jiaotong University, Renmin University, Sun-Yat Sen University, etc to conduct joint research on the relevant policy issues that have far-reaching impact in China and Asia.


Research Funding

In recent years, NCPA has devoted more attention to public policy oriented research. With generous support and funding from the Lien Foundation, NCPA and Singapore’s Ministry of Education (MOE), the research team embarks on cutting-edge research developed primarily housed under three thematic programmes: Lien Research on Belt and Road Initiative; Lien Initiative on Good Governance; and Transnational Knowledge Transfer.

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