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Fiona Yap

Honorary Professor, Crawford School


BSc (Houston), MA (Rochester), PhD (Rochester)

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Professor Fiona Yap’s main research interests are in policy and political economy in East and Southeast Asia, where she focuses on 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.

Her research work is available through journals such as the British Journal of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies,Government and Opposition, Asian Survey, Journal of Theoretical Politics, Social Science Quarterly, Journal of East Asian Studies, Japanese Journal of Political Science, Korea Observer, and Australian Journal of Political Science, as well as chapter contributions in edited volumes.

She is co-editor of the internationally ranked European Journal of Development Research, co-editor of Asia and the Pacific Policy Studies, managing editor of the Academic blog, and serves as Advisory Board member of the internationally funded Korea Institute at The Australian National University

Professor Yap is also an editorial board member of the Journal of East Asian Studies, Asian Survey, Korea Observer and 21st Century Political Science Review, served as editor of Annual Editions: Comparative Politics for McGraw-Hill and is a reviewer for numerous journals, including American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, British Journal of Political Science, Comparative Politics, Journal of Public Policy,Policy and Politics,Political Research Quarterly,International Studies Quarterly, International Studies Perspective, Governance, Asian Survey, Social Science Quarterly, Legislative Studies Quarterly, and Journal of East Asian Studies. Prior to joining ANU, she was a tenured-faculty at the University of Kansas, US.

COVID-19 expertise

Professor Yap is lead editor on a Special Issue, The Development Impacts of COVID-19 at Home and Abroad: Politics and Implications of Government Action, for the European Journal of Development Research (, issue available on open access for limited time). She has contributed articles and blogposts on how to hold elections during the COVID-19 pandemic, labour market dualism following economic crises, and developing social programs and protection for East and Southeast Asia for growth and development after economic dislocation. She has also extensively researched on how to build political trust following dislocation.

Awards and Distinctions

Korea National Research Foundation, 2018-2022 (approx. US $1,800,000)

Korea National Research Foundation, 2015-2018 (approx. US $660,000)

ANU Pan Asia Institute Distinguished Scholar, 2015-2016 (approx. $40,000)

Indonesia Project Research Network Research Grant, 2015. $14,318.60

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

Korea Foundation (Korea) Field Research Fellowship, 2014-2015

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

East Asia Institute (Korea) Fellow, 2013-2014

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

Research Development Grant Award, 2012-2013, Australian National University

ARC Center for Excellence in Policing and Security Visiting Fellow award, 2011-2012

Keeler IntraUniversity Professorship, University of Kansas. 2011-2012 (estimated $ 40,000).

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

Delegation of American Young Scholars and Experts to the Republic of China (Taiwan), Summer 2007

Institute of Policy and Social Studies Faculty award, University of Kansas, Summer 2007

University of Kansas sabbatical leave, Fall 2006

University of Kansas General Research Fund Award, 2006-7.

University of Kansas Center for Teaching Excellence Teaching Innovation and Portfolio Award, University of Kansas, 2006.

Policy Research Institute Summer Fellow, University of Kansas, Summer 2005.

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

Chiang-Ching Kuo Foundation Faculty Development Award, 2004-5, $11,706.00.

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

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, $20,000.00.

University of Kansas KUCR Faculty Research Development Award, 2001.

University of Kansas Office of International Programs Curriculum Internationalization Award, 2000.

US Dept of Education-University of Kansas CEAS Faculty Development Fund Award, 1999-2000.

University of Kansas New Faculty General Research Fund Award, 1998-1999.

Research interests

  • Political economy of democratization
  • Corruption
  • Government accountability and responsiveness
  • Strategic interaction in policy-making
  • Citizens’ responses to public policy
  • Government spending and policymaking
  • Economic growth
  • Comparative governments and politics
  • Government And Politics Of Asia And The Pacific
  • Political Science

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