Kris Hartley

Kris Hartley is an assistant professor at the Department of Asian and Policy Studies, Education University of Hong Kong. He researches development policy in Asia with a focus on innovation and technology. Hartley is also a nonresident fellow for Global Cities at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and an affiliated scholar at the Center for Government Competitiveness at Seoul National University. In 2020, he will serve as a Fulbright Scholar in Thailand. Hartley has previously held academic appointments at Cornell University, University of Melbourne, Vietnam National University and Nazarbayev University in Kazakhstan. He holds a PhD in Public Policy from the National University of Singapore and an MA in City Planning from UC Berkeley.

What Can the Fourth Industrial Revolution Do for Sustainable Development?

October 01, 2019

With the advent of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), the potential to integrate technology into the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is reaching new heights. According to Klaus Schwab, Founder of the World Economic Forum, 4IR is “blurring the lines between the physical, digital, and biological spheres.” The fusion of...

What Modern Science Can Learn from Indigenous Knowledge

June 10, 2019

The assumption is that what works in wealthy countries can work anywhere. Advancements in the science of building design for earthquake resilience are enabling the development of high-rises and now “supertall” buildings in earthquake-prone areas like Japan. Design processes, scenario and risk modeling, and construction methods have embraced technological fixes...

No Silver Bullet: The New Urban Agenda and Smart Cities

March 13, 2018

Technological fixes such as smart cities make a system more complex, resulting in “wicked problems” that require ever more extensive technological remedies. In October 2016, at the World Urban Forum 8 in Quito, Ecuador, UN Habitat launched its third planning cycle with Habitat III, now known as the New Urban...