The New Look of the Public Administration

A Seminar Series for Faculty Reorientation and Development

The Covid-19 outbreak and the resulting social distancing measures are one more proof that online platforms and modern technologies can offer good solutions to improve the quality of public services. However, many questions need to be addressed, for example: how familiar are governmental officers with these digital developments, especially those in the local administration? Do they have the tools and the capacity to work online, while making sure they operate according to the rules? Will they be able to maintain, or even level up the service standards?


All seminar sessions
All seminar sessions

Tackling these challenges, the College of Local Administration (COLA) of Khon Kaen University will hold a seminar series in September and October 2020 with the support of the KAS in Thailand. Seven topics in seven seminar sessions will focus on the current situation regarding public policy implementation and the digital advancement in Thailand’s administration. Various experts in the field from Thailand and abroad will give lectures and discuss with the audience. The COLA faculty members as well as lecturers, academics, and staff members from other faculties in the university will be invited to attend either on-site or online.


The seminar sessions will take place at the College and will also be broadcasted via COLA’s Facebook Live. The dates, times, and the topics are:


3 September 2020 at 08:00 – 11:30 hrs

Seminar topic:  Policy Research and Policy Analysis Methods



Andrey Timofeev

International Center for Public Policy (ICEPP)

Georgia State University, USA

10 September 2020 at 13:30 – 16:00 hrs

Seminar topic: Digital platform for promoting public engagement and local democracy



Dr. Robert Krimmer

Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance

School of Business and Governance

Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia

17 September 2020 at 13:30 – 16:00 hrs

Seminar topic: Digital Government Transformation for Equitable and Inclusive Public Services



Assoc. Prof. Gustaf Juell-Skielse

Department of Computer and Systems Science

Stockholm University, Sweden

1 October 2020 at 09:00 – 11:30 hrs

Seminar topic: The Blurred Boundary of Public and Private Affairs in the 21st Century



Bruce Gilley

Mark O. Hatfield School of Government

College of Urban and Public Affairs

Portland State University, USA

8 October 2020 at 13:00 – 15:30 hrs

Seminar topic: A New Look of Public Administration



Asst. Prof. Dr. David Lee

College of Social Sciences

University of Hawaiʻi Mānoa, USA

15 October 2020 at 09:00 – 11:30 hrs

Seminar topic: Governance as a Strategy for National Development



Dr. Gillian Koh

Institute of Policy Studies (IPS)

Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

National University of Singapore

28 October 2020 at 13:00 – 15:30 hrs

Seminar topic: Digital Transformation: A New Focus of Thai Government’s Policy



Airada Luangvilai

Digital Government Development Agency (DGA), Thailand

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