Professor Fiona Yap

Professor Fiona  Yap
 Position Head of School, Economics & Public Policy
 Org Unit School of Economics and Public Policy
 Telephone +61 8 8313 0237
 Location Floor/Room 354 ,  10 Pulteney Street - Nexus 10 Tower ,   North Terrace
  • Biography/ Background

    My main research interests are in public policy and political economy of East and Southeast Asia, where I focus on explaining political behaviours and outcomes across East and Southeast Asia. I am particularly interested in modeling and testing how key players, such as government and citizens, work strategically with one another to achieve large-scale policy success or political outcomes such as growth and development.

    My work combines deep country knowledge of East and Southeast Asia with game-theory, experiments, statistics and mixed case-studies to develop and test predictions, in a field where work has traditionally been single country-study. This has led to visiting and distinguished positions across a number of universities, including Visiting Professor, Yonsei University (Korea), ANU-Indiana Pan Asia Institute Distinguished Scholar, University of Indiana (Indiana, US), East Asia Instiute (Korea) Fellow, Keeler IntraUniversity Professor, University of Kansas (Kansas, US), and American Young Scholars and Experts (Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs).

    Outside of academia, I have worked with the World Bank as a Lead-consultant to develop a general theoretical framework for social protection in Asia and the Pacific; and also led capacity-building workshops with the Commonwealth Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Until April 2022, I was advisory board member of the National Security College and elected ACT councillor for the Institute of Public Administration Australia.

    I am currently co-editor at the European Journal of Development Research, co-editor of the Asia and the Pacific Policy Journal, editorial board member for Joural of East Asian Studies, Asian Survey, Korea Observer, and 21st Century Political Science Review Chief Editor of the academic blog,, advisory board member of internationally-funded Korea Institute at the Australian National University, and advisory board member of the Indonesian Project.

  • Awards & Achievements


    ANU-Indiana University Pan Asia Institute Distinguished Scholar, 2015-2016

    East Asia Institute (Korea) Fellow, 2014

    One of five fellows awarded annually (about 2.5% of applicants). Previous Fellows include Professor T.J. Pempel (Jack M. Forcey Professor of Political Science, UC-Berkeley), Professor David Kang (Director of Korean Studies, University of Southern California), Professor Peter Katzenstein (Walter Carpenter, Jr. Professor, Cornell University), Professor Aurel Croissant (Professor, Heidelberg University), and Professor Steve Chan (College Professor of Distinction, University of Colorado-Boulder).

    Keeler Intra-University Professor, University of Kansas, 2011-2012

    Australian Research Council-Centre for Excellence in Policing and Security Visiting Scholar Award, 2011-2012

    Academic Fellow, Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, Washington D.C., 2011-2012 (declined)

    University of Kansas sabbatical leave (competitive), Fall 2006

    Policy Research Institute Summer Fellow (competitive), University of Kansas, Summer 2005

    Kaufmann Foundation-KU Centre for Entrepreneurial Research Faculty Development Award, 2005.

    University of Kansas Office of International Programs International Conference Award, 2004



    Nominated for College of Asia and Pacific Teaching Excellence Award, ANU, 2017

    Nominated for College of Asia and Pacific Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning, ANU, 2017

    Outstanding Paper, Kim Myong Whai Award, Korea Observer journal, 2014

    International Women’s Day Award, 2014, the Australian National University (for mentorship, research, education and advocacy)

    US College Board’s list, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013.

    My texts, Annual Editions: Comparative Politics (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013; Dubuque: McGraw-Hill Publishers) are on the list of required or recommended texts on Advanced Placement Curriculum (AP-Comparative Politics) for preparation to the College Entrance Examination, as determined by the US College Board. The US College Board is a consortium of over 6000 schools, colleges, and universities, that develop and administer standardized tests and curricula to improve college-readiness for university- and university-bound students; students who pass the AP-tests get to enroll directly for upper-level coursework at universities. Texts used or recommended by the College Board, then, must pass a multitude of assessments on intellectual rigor and comprehensiveness of university-level learning, while accessible to students at pre-university levels.

    Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Taiwan) Invited Delegation of American Young Scholars and Experts to Taiwan, Summer 2007

    The Ministry identifies and invites outstanding early career scholars with research interests in Taiwan as guests of the government to visit and interact with key ministries and policymakers.

    University of Kansas (KU)’s Centre for Teaching Excellence Teaching-Innovation Award, 2006. Award for teaching-innovation, which became the foundation for a Teaching-and-Learning Workshop to develop a new teaching-and-learning practice on Service-Civic-Learning to stimulate student-learning and –participation.

  • Research Funding


    Lead international researcher, National Research Foundation (Korea) 2018-2022. Approx. US $1.8 million. The Establishment of Korean-Style Inegrative Model for Rgional Development and Local Politics (NRF-2018S1A3A2075531)

    Lead international researcher, National Research Foundation (Korea) 2015-2018. Approx. US $660,000. Progressing National and Local development across Regional provinces in South Korea (NRF-2015S1A3A2047036)

    Indonesia Project Research Network Research Grant, 2015

    Korea Foundation (Korea) Field Research Fellowship, 2015

    Finalist, Minerva Awards 2013 (US Department of Defense) (estimated US$729,000)

    Research Development Grant Program, 2012-2013, the Australian National University

    Institute of Policy and Social Studies, University of Kansas, NSF grant-preparation faculty award, Summer 2007

    University of Kansas General Research Fund (competitive) 2006-7

    Policy Research Institute Summer Fellow, University of Kansas, 2005

    Chiang-Ching Kuo Foundation Faculty Development Award, 2004-5

    Freeman Foundation-University of Kansas CEAS Faculty Development Grant, 2003

    George Bush Presidential Library Foundation-Korea Program, 2002-3

    US Dept of Education-University of Kansas CEAS Faculty Curriculum Award, 2002

    University of Kansas General Research Fund Award, 2001-2002

    Chiang-Ching Kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange, 2000-2002

    University of Kansas KUCR Faculty Research Development Award (competitive), 2001

    University of Kansas Office of International Programs Curriculum Internationalization Award (competitive), 2000

    US Dept of Education-University of Kansas CEAS Faculty Development Fund (competitive) 1999-2000

    University of Kansas New Faculty General Research Fund (competitive), 1998-1999

  • Professional Associations


    Co-editor, European Journal of Development Research, 2015-present

    Founding co-editor, Asia and the Pacific Policy Studies Journal, 2012-present

    General editor, Academic blog, 2019-2022

    Editorial Board, Journal of East Asian Studies, 2020-present

    Editorial Board, Asian Survey, 2015-present

    Editorial Board, 21st Century Political Science Review, 2014-present

    Editorial board, Korea Observer, 2011-present

    Advisory Board, Indonesia Project, ANU, Jun 2021-present

    Advisory Board, National Security College, ANU, Jun 2021-March 2022

    Advisory Board, Tax and Transfer Policy Institute, ANU, Jun 2021-March 2022

    Executive Advisory Board member, Korea Institute, ANU, 2013-April 2022

    Executive Advisory Board member, Statistical Consulting Unit, ANU, 2017-2020

    Co-editor, Academic blog, 2013-2022

    Co-editor, Annual Editions: Comparative Politics, 2013

    Editor, Annual Editions: Comparative Politics, 2009-2012

    Editorial Board, Annual Editions: Comparative Politics, 2008-2009



    Honorary Professor, The Australian Natinoal University, 2022-present

    ACT Councillor, Institute  of Public Administration Australia, 2021-April 2022

    Board of Directors, Canberra Convention Bureau, 2021-April 2022

    Visiting Professor, Yonsei University (South Korea), 2019

    Lead consultant, East Asia, World Bank, Social Protection Systems in Asia and the Pacific, 2017 -2018

    Academic Node leader-Equity and Employment, Gender Institute, ANU, 2013-present

    Expert-advisor, Politics and policies in South Korea. Background paper for the North Asia Division of the Trade and Market Access Division, Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, Australia, 2017

    Workshop leader and coordinator, Knowledge sector initiative (KSI Australia-Indonesia), February-April, 2015

    Visiting Fellow, National Chengchi University (Taiwan), 2014

    East Asia Institute (South Korea) Fellow, 2014

    Griffith University-Centre for Excellence in Policing and Security Visiting Scholar, 2011

    Faculty affiliate, East Asian Studies, University of Kansas, 1998-2012

    Faculty affiliate, Institute of Policy and Research Studies, University of Kansas, 1999-2012

    Faculty affiliate, East Asian Studies, Gettysburge College, 1997-1998

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