Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Assoc Prof Chou Meng-Hsuan

Associate Professor, School of Social Sciences

Assoc Prof Chou Meng-Hsuan

Hsuan is Provost's Chair in Public Policy and Global Affairs (2019-) and Nanyang Assistant Professor (2013-). She is also a Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Helsinki (2019-), and an Associate Fellow at EU Centre Singapore (2013-).

During the academic year 2018-2019, Hsuan was a Fung Global Fellow at the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS), Princeton University. She was previously a postdoctoral researcher at ARENA - Centre for European Studies, University of Oslo (2008-2012), the Academic Coordinator of UACES collaborative research network on the European Research Area (2013-2016), a Convenor of the ECPR Standing Group on Knowledge Politics and Policies (2016-2019), and a writing fellow at the Johannesburg Institute of Advanced Studies (JIAS), South Africa (February-May 2018). Hsuan has held visiting positions at The University of Sydney, Université de Lille, Stanford University, and the Université Libre de Bruxelles.

Her research focuses on the transformation of the state through inter-state and inter-regional policy cooperation in areas of contemporary salience such as migration, academic mobility, and higher education. Hsuan has researched the emergence and evolution of higher education regionalisms in Asia and Europe, how governments in Asia and Europe compete for talent in a globalised world, academic mobility to and from Singapore, and the ways in which scholarly networks are organised across time.

At NTU, she has designed and taught the following courses: Fundamentals of Politics (HA1012), Making Sense of Politics (HA2001), Comparative Public Policy (HA2013), Borderless Migration? (HA3018), European Union (HA4014), and Global Perspectives on Politics and Policy (HA4028).

Hsuan studied political science at Berkeley (BA), European public administration at Leiden (MA), European politics and society at Oxford (MPhil), and politics and international studies at Cambridge (PhD).

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Research Interests
Regionalism and regional integration (European Union, ASEAN)
Global policy and transnational administration
Institutional and organisational theory
Migration and asylum policy
Research and higher education policy (knowledge policies)
Current Projects
  • Competing for talent in a globalised world (COMPETE)
  • Nexus of European Centers Abroad for Research on EHEA (Acronym: NEAR-EU)
  • Provost’s Chair in Public Policy and Global Affairs (Chou Meng-Hsuan)
  • Singapore in the global talent race
  • The Politics of Knowledge in an Age of Rupture
Selected Publications
  • Meng-Hsuan Chou and Pauline Ravinet.(2019). Designing Global Public Policies in the 21st Century. In Diane Stone and Kim Moloney(Ed), Handbook on Global Policy and Transnational Administration(437-452). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Exequiel Cabanda, Tan Ee Siong, and Meng-Hsuan Chou. (2019). Higher Education Regionalism in Asia: What Implications for Europe?. European Journal of Higher Education, 9(1), 87-101.
  • Jue Wang, Rosalie Hooi, Andrew Li, and Meng-Hsuan Chou. (2019). Collaboration patterns of mobile academics: the impact of international mobility. Science and Public Policy, OnlineFirst,
  • Lucie Cerna and Meng-Hsuan Chou. (2018). Defining “Talent”: Insights from Management and Migration Literatures for Policy Design. Policy Studies Journal,
  • B. Guy Peters, Giliberto Capano, Michael Howlett, Ishani Mukherjee, Meng-Hsuan Chou, and Pauline Ravinet. (2018). Designing for Policy Effectiveness: Defining and Understanding a Concept. Cambridge University Press.

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