Dr Lhawang Ugyel

Dr Lhawang Ugyel

Lecturer
UNSW Canberra
School of Business

I am currently a Lecturer with the School of Business at UNSW Canberra. I am also the Spring Term 2023 Ragnar Nurkse Visiting Professor at Tallinn University of Technology's School of Business and Governance (Estonia). Previously, I held various positions at the Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University (ANU): as a Lecturer at the Development Policy Centre (a joint position as a Visiting Lecturer in Public Policy at the University of Papua New Guinea) and as a Research Fellow with the Policy and Governance Program. I also worked for the Royal Government of Bhutan for close to ten years as a Senior Human Resource Officer and Policy Analyst. I completed my PhD in Public Policy from ANU and my Master of International Development Studies from Cornell University. I also have a Bachelor of Economics (First Class) from the Madras Christian College. 

My area of research primarily focuses on public administration/management and public policy, and my PhD thesis (also published as a book with Palgrave Macmillan) focused on the implementation of a major public sector reform in Bhutan. In addition, I have also conducted research in Papua New Guinea (PNG) on various governance-related issues. Based on my research on governance networks on the Bougainville Health Communities Program in PNG, I was contracted by the World Health Organization to work on the Village Health Volunteers policy in PNG and the Village Health Workers policy in Vanuatu. Presently, I am working on two major research projects focusing on the implementation of the Gross National Happiness Policy Screening Tool in Bhutan (using the Economic Development Policy of 2016 as a case study) and the international migration of Bhutanese to Australia (which will be extended to also cover the USA). The funding for these studies is from a research grant ($46,500) secured through the UNSW Rector's Grant. 

 

 

 

Location
Building 27, Room 115, School of Business, UNSW Canberra
  • Books | 2016
    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 | 2022
    Howes S; Sause L; Ugyel L, 2022, 'Decentralisation: A political analysis', in Howes S; Pillai LN (ed.), Papua New Guinea: Government, Economy and Society, ANU Press, http://dx.doi.org/10.22459/png.2022.03
    Book Chapters | 2022
    2022, 'Decentralisation: A political analysis', in Papua New Guinea: Government, Economy and Society, ANU Press, pp. 57 - 86, http://dx.doi.org/10.22459/png.2022.03
    Book Chapters | 2021
    Ugyel L, 2021, '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: With 75 Figures and 78 Tables, pp. 381 - 394, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-29980-4_86
    Book Chapters | 2020
    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
    Book Chapters | 2018
    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.), Hybrid Public Policy Innovations: Contemporary Policy Beyond Ideology, pp. 253 - 271
  • Journal articles | 2023
    Ugyel L; Givel M; Chophel D, 2023, 'Punctuating “Happiness”: Punctuated equilibrium theory and the agenda-setting of the Gross National Happiness (GNH) policy in Bhutan', The Review of Policy Research, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ropr.12559
    Journal articles | 2023
    Ugyel L, 2023, 'unctuating “Happiness”: Punctuated equilibrium theory and the agenda‐setting of the Gross National Happiness (GNH) policy in Bhutan', The Review of Policy Research, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ropr.12559
    Journal articles | 2022
    Tsheten T; Tenzin P; Clements ACA; Gray DJ; Ugyel L; Wangdi K, 2022, 'The COVID-19 vaccination campaign in Bhutan: strategy and enablers', Infectious Diseases of Poverty, 11, pp. 6, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s40249-021-00929-x
    Journal articles | 2022
    Ugyel L, 2022, 'Governance networks in the delivery of public healthcare services in the Pacific: Implementation of the Bougainville Healthy Communities Programme', Asia and the Pacific Policy Studies, 9, pp. 23 - 38, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/app5.340
    Journal articles | 2021
    Ugyel L, 2021, 'Relationship between public sector reforms and culture: The implementation of NPM-related performance management reforms in a collectivist and risk averse culture', Public Administration and Development, 41, pp. 257 - 266, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/pad.1962
    Journal articles | 2020
    Ugyel L; Daugbjerg C, 2020, 'Successful policy transfer and public sector reform in developing countries', Policy and Politics, 48, pp. 603 - 618, http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/030557320x15786631116992
    Journal articles | 2020
    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, 80, pp. 138 - 151, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-8500.12448
    Journal articles | 2019
    Ugyel L, 2019, 'Formal and informal governance networks: Diabetes care in Australia and India', Australian Journal of Public Administration, 78, pp. 359 - 372, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-8500.12372
    Journal articles | 2017
    Corbett J; Veenendaal W; Ugyel L, 2017, 'Why monarchy persists in small states: the cases of Tonga, Bhutan and Liechtenstein', Democratization, 24, pp. 689 - 706, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13510347.2016.1212019
    Journal articles | 2017
    Ugyel L; O’Flynn J, 2017, 'Measuring Policy Success: Evaluating Public Sector Reform in Bhutan', International Journal of Public Administration, 40, pp. 115 - 125, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01900692.2015.1076466
    Journal articles | 2017
    Ugyel L, 2017, 'A decade of performance management reforms in bhutan: Problems and prospects', South Asian Journal of Human Resources Management, 4, pp. 185 - 190, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/2322093717736640
    Journal articles | 2017
    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, 39, pp. 153 - 162, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/23276665.2017.1361626
    Journal articles | 2016
    Ugyel L, 2016, 'Convergences and divergences of public sector reform in Bhutan: dynamics of incremental and transformational policies', Asia Pacific Journal of Public Administration, 38, pp. 118 - 130, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/23276665.2016.1179858
    Journal articles | 2014
    Ugyel L, 2014, 'Explaining hybridity in public administration: An empirical case of bhutan's civil service', Public Administration and Development, 34, pp. 109 - 122, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/pad.1685
  • Working Papers | 2018
    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, https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3216239
    Working Papers | 2013
    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, https://crawford.anu.edu.au/publication/crawford-school-working-papers/9838/dynamics-public-sector-reforms-bhutan-interaction
  • Conference Papers | 2016
    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, http://www.ippapublicpolicy.org/file/paper/593a1ca700ebb.pdf
    Conference Papers | 2015
    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, http://www.ippapublicpolicy.org/file/paper/1433637093.pdf
    Conference Papers | 2013
    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, https://www.anzsog.edu.au/resource-library/research/a-diagnostic-tool-for-assessing-organisational-readiness-for-complex-change
    Preprints |
    Howes S; Betteridge A; Sause L; Ugyel L, Evidence-Based Policy Making in the Tropics: Are Developing Countries Different?, , http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3009196
    Preprints |
    Ugyel L, Dynamics of Public Sector Reforms in Bhutan: Interaction of Values within a Hybrid Administration, , http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2196225
    Preprints |
    Ugyel L, Formal and Informal Institutions in Governance Networks: Managing Diabetes in Australia and India, , http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2865307
    Preprints |
    Ugyel L, Integrating Formal and Informal Institutions: Towards a Healthy Community in the Pacific, , http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3216239

My Teaching

 

At UNSW Canberra, I currently teach: (i) International Business, and (ii) Management and Governance in Developing Countries. I also taught: (i) Managing the Public Sector, and (ii) Innovation and Organisation. 

Previously, at the Crawford School of Public Policy, I co-taught these courses: (i) Public Sector Management, (ii) Governments, Markets and Global Change, and (iii) and Political Institutions and Policy Processes.