Keynote Speakers

Robin J. Lewis

Prof. Dr.

President, IDPPA and Professor and Director, RANEPA; Emeritus Dean, Columbia University

Prof. LEWIS's title of the speech is “Public Policy Pedagogy in Global Perspective: Three Pillars and Seven Keys”. This presentation, based on thirty-plus years of teaching, designing, and directing the study of public policy in a number of countries around the world, attempts to identify the foundational ideas and structures of public policy teaching for the 21st century.

Edith BARRETT

Prof. Dr.

Connecticut University, the U.S.

Prof. BARRETT’s title of the speech is “Adolescents’ Political Engagement in the Digital Era.”




Eric STRAUSS

Prof. Dr.

Michigan State University, the U.S.

Prof. STRAUSS’s topic of speech is on Law and Public Policy : Spectrum management, network neutrality, cyber-security, content regulation, interconnection rules and g. privacy concerns and some comparisons between the legal systems and policies in Turkey and the U.S.

Robert C. KLOOSTERMAN

Prof. Dr.

Amsterdam University, Netherlands

Prof. KLOOSTERMAN’s title of the speech is "Beyond Market and State: Organising the Commons in Urban Contexts". The speech also involves a discussion on scalar issues such as which kind of governance configuration suits which spatial scale.

Türksel KAYA BENSGHİR

Prof. Dr.

Administration for Turkey and the Middle East – TODAİE

Prof. KAYA BENSGHIR’s title of speech is “From Bureaucracy to Netocracy in the Age of Digitization”.

Corneliu BJOLA

Assoc. Prof. Dr.

Faculty Member, the Department of International Development, Queen Elizabeth House at Oxford University, UK.

Dr. BJOLA’s topic of speech will focus on “Digitization, Globalization and Diplomacy.”

Prof. Dr. Robin J. Lewis

President, IDPPA and Professor and Director, RANEPA; Emeritus Dean, Columbia University

Prof. LEWIS's title of the speech is “Public Policy Pedagogy in Global Perspective: Three Pillars and Seven Keys”. This presentation, based on thirty-plus years of teaching, designing, and directing the study of public policy in a number of countries around the world, attempts to identify the foundational ideas and structures of public policy teaching for the 21st century. The "pillars' refer to the institutional aspects and the "keys" to the crucial pedagogical imperatives. The approach is deliberately and tenaciously applied rather than theoretical: it essays a replicable framework for effective public policy programs that can produce competent and qualified policy experts able to work in local, national, and global settings.

 

Prof. Robin J. LEWIS is the first President of the International Development and Public Policy Alliance (IDPPA), a consortium of graduate policy schools in Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa, Turkey, Egypt, Thailand and Malaysia founded in 2012. He is also Professor and Director of the new Master of Global Public Policy (MGPP) program at the Russian Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA) in Moscow. From 2009 to 2015, he was also Professor at the School of Social Development and Public Policy (SSDPP) at Beijing Normal University, China’s top think-tank and graduate program in public policy. Dr. Lewis has advised governments, universities, foundations, and international organizations on higher education and public policy training in more than twenty countries, including China, Vietnam, Germany, and Russia. He has worked on projects sponsored by a range of organizations, including the Ford Foundation, the Open Society Institute, the World Bank, the American Councils on International Education, and the Government of China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC). Previously, he was Associate Dean of the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and first Executive Director of the Global Public Policy Network (GPPN), an innovative partnership between top policy programs in New York, London, Paris, Singapore, Tokyo, Berlin, and Sao Paulo. He has M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Columbia University in New York City.

Prof. Dr. Edith BARRETT

Connecticut University, the U.S.

Prof. BARRETT’s topic of speech is “Adolescents’ Political Engagement in the Digital Era.”

Prof. Dr. Edith BARRETT is a professor in the Department of Public Policy and Director of Urban and Community Studies. Prior to joining the University of Connecticut faculty in the fall of 2011, she served as professor and director of the MA in Urban Affairs at the School of Urban and Public Affairs, The University of Texas, Arlington. She has previously held appointments as well at Brown University, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and the University of Southern California’s Institute for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, and has had a fellowship through the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for study of political psychology in Cologne, Germany. She has been actively involved in a variety of projects addressing urban issues, including a 5-year Texas State Board of Education mandated evaluation of state charter schools; a study for the Department of Housing and Urban Development examining Latinos’ use of HUD-sponsored housing programs in El Paso; and a longitudinal evaluation of an urban residential drug treatment program for low-income teens. She was the principal investigator on a five-year study for the City of Fort Worth in which she evaluated the impacts relocation had on residents of a public housing development. Recently, Dr. Barrett and colleagues completed a National Science Foundation-funded study examining the role of urban public schools in mediating the potentially negative impact on youths forced to relocate following hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Her research interests include urban public policy (esp. adolescent issues, education, housing, social welfare), political attitudes and behavior (esp. among under-represented groups), methodology and program/policy evaluation, public opinion and survey research.

Prof. Dr. Eric STRAUSS

Michigan State University, the U.S.

Prof. STRAUSS’s topic of speech is on Law and Public Policy : Spectrum management, network neutrality, cyber-security, content regulation, interconnection rules and g. privacy concerns and some comparisons between the legal systems and policies in Turkey and the U.S.

Dr. Eric STRAUSS is a Professor of Urban & Regional Planning in SPDC at MSU. He is a former Director of the Urban and Regional Planning Program. He has more than 40 years of experience in planning practice in both the public and private sector. Dr. Strauss has been a planner for federal and state governments, a City and County Planning Director, a City Attorney and a consultant to more than 50 organizations, both public and private, on a wide variety of planning related issues. He has prepared many comprehensive plans and land use regulations at all levels of detail for many communities. His research interests involve land use regulations, comparative planning, urban regeneration, disaster management and strategic visioning.

Prof. Dr. Robert C. KLOOSTERMAN

Amsterdam University, Netherlands

Prof. KLOOSTERMAN’s title of speech is "Beyond Market and State: Organising the Commons in Urban Contexts". The speech also involves a discussion on scalar issues such as which kind of governance configuration suits which spatial scale.

Dr. Robert C. KLOOSTERMAN is a professor of Economic Geography and Planning at the University of Amsterdam. He was the Director of the Amsterdam Institute of Metropolitan and International Development Studies (AMIDSt), University of Amsterdam from 2003 to 2008. He has been the program leader of the research group Geographies of Globalizations (24 researchers). Ha was served as a professor at Bartlett School of Planning, University College London between the years of 2009 – 2015.

His research is guided by questions about how the social, economic and cultural transition of advanced urban economies that gathered pace after 1980 has affected cities and why different outcomes have emerged. His current research activities centre on new economic activities in urban contexts (notably cultural industries and migrant businesses) and on linkages within polycentric urban configurations in advanced economies. A connecting theme concerns the way different (national or local) institutional environments filter, shape, reinforce or block more general changes. He was the scientific adviser of the InFLOWence project on polycenricity in the Mediterranean (2010-2013) funded under the ERDF MED program. He advised the OECD on migrant entrepreneurship in 2009-2010.

Robert KLOOSTERMAN has received research grants from the Dutch Scientific Council NWO, the European Union, the European Science Foundation, the Ministry of Interior Affairs, the Ministry of Social Affairs, the Ministry of Housing, Environment and Physical Planning, the municipalities of Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague, the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences and other organizations. He was also an independent member of the Dutch Social and Economic Council committee on immigrant entrepreneurship and advised the OECD on migrant entrepreneurship.

He is on the Editorial Board of the Built Environment journal. He has been a guest editor of special issues of Regional Studies, Built Environment, Urban Studies and the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies.

Prof. Dr. Türksel KAYA BENSGHİR

Administration for Turkey and the Middle East – TODAİE

Prof. KAYA BENSGHIR’s title of speech is “From Bureaucracy to Netocracy in the Age of Digitization”.

 Dr. Türksel KAYA BENSGHIR is a professor with specialization on management information systems, ICTs and organizational change, e-government and system analysis at the Institute of Public Administration for Turkey and the Middle East. She is also the Director of the Center for e-State at TODAİE and a member of UN-CEPA, Mobile Government Consortium International and European Conference on E-government. Prof. Kaya Bensghir has several books and articles on ICT use in public sector in Turkey.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Corneliu BJOLA

Faculty Member, the Department of International Development, Queen Elizabeth House at Oxford University, UK.

Dr. BJOLA’s topic of speech will focus on “Digitization, Globalization and Diplomacy.”

Dr. BJOLA received his MA from the University of Leuven and his PhD from the University of Toronto in 2007 and was a research fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (2000) and Visiting Fellow at the Australian Defense Force Academy (2012). His research interests lie at the intersection of diplomatic studies, negotiation theory, international ethics, and crisis management. His current research focuses on the structural and normative conditions by which digital technologies inform, regulate, and constrain foreign policy. He has authored or edited five books, including the recent co-edited volume on Digital Diplomacy: Theory and Practice (Routledge, 2015). His work has been published in the European Journal of International Relations, International Negotiation, Review of International Studies, British Journal of Politics and International Relations, Global Policy, Journal of Global Ethicsand The Hague Journal of Diplomacy. Bjola is Co-Editor of the book series on “New Diplomatic Studies” with Routledge and Editor-in-Chief of the new journal “Diplomacy and Foreign Policy” with Brill. He can be reached by Twitter at @cbjola. He also actively comments on diplomatic matters on his blog site www.cbjola.com.