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The New Look of the Public Administration

Publication from the COLA's Seminar Series 2020

In response to the effects of the covid-19 outbreak, COLA initiated a seminar series in order to address new challenges faced by the public administration in Thailand. As an educational institution, COLA intended to disseminate knowledge and discuss with the participants – online and offline – current advancements and adjustments in the fields of public administration, public affairs, and governance that aim to meet the needs of the citizens during this critical time. The goal was to increase the expertise of academics and faculty members so they can further support local communities in the formulation and implementation of public policies that benefit the society as a whole.

With experts from Thailand, Asia, Europe, and the U.S. giving online-lectures, COLA succeeded in collecting essential answers to many questions on public administration issues deriving from the crisis. To share this valuable information and further contribute to develop local governments and local administrations in Thailand, COLA published this book as well as produced videos from the seminar sessions to be used as further studying materials.


We hope that these will be efficient tools resulting from the activity and soon be recognised as valuable studying material for civil servants at the national and the local level, experts, lecturers, and students at Thai universities as well as the general public interested in the topic.


Book file can be downloaded from this page.

If you are interested in receiving the printed version of the book, please send your request directly to the COLA, KKU.


Please also feel free to view the video clips below to study more in details the contents of each seminar session.


Session 1 on 3rd September, 2020

Topic “Policy Research and Policy Analysis Methods”

Speaker Andrey Timofeev, research assistant professor, International Centre for Public Policy, Georgia State University, USA


Session 2 on 10th September, 2020

Topic “Digital Platform for Promoting Public Engagement and Local Democracy”

Speaker Prof. Robert Krimmer, professor of e-governance, Department of Innovation and Governance, School of Business and Governance, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia


Session 3 on 17th September, 2020

Topic “Digital Government Transformation for Equitable and Inclusive Public Services”

Speaker Assoc. Prof. Gustaf Juell-Skielse, professor of enterprise systems, e-government and digital innovation, Department of Computer Science, Stockholm University, Sweden


Session 4 on 1st October, 2020

Topic “The Blurred Boundary of Public and Private Affairs in the 21st Century”

Speaker Bruce Gilley, professor on political science, Mark O. Hatfield School of Government, College of Urban and Public Affairs, Portland State University, USA


Session 5 on 8th October, 2020

Topic “A New Look of Public Administration”

Speaker Asst. Prof. David Lee, Public Administration Program, College of Social Sciences, University of Hawai’i Mānoa, USA


Session 6 on 15th October, 2020

Topic “Governance as a Strategy for National Development: The Case of Singapore”

Speaker Dr. Gillian Koh, Deputy Director (Research) and Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Policy Studies (IPS), Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, Singapore


Session 7 on 28th October, 2020

Topic “Digital Transformation: A New Focus of Thai Government’s Policy”

Speaker Airada Luangvilai, Senior Executive Vice President, Digital Government Development Agency (DGA), Thailand



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