Dr Alex Jingwei He holds a tenured associate professorship at the Division of Public Policy, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). Prior to his appointment at the HKUST, he spent 11 years at the Department of Asian and Policy Studies of The Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK) where he served as associate head of department. Dr He received his PhD degree in Public Policy from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. He specializes in public policy analysis, health policy and governance, and comparative social policy, with particular focus on East Asia. He has published extensively in these areas, contributing articles to leading international journals and publishing houses, including Public Administration Review, Policy Sciences, The China Quarterly, Health Policy & Planning, Social Science & Medicine, Journal of Contemporary China, Social Policy & Administration, Policy & Society, Health Policy, among many others. Dr He was ranked among the world’s top 2% most cited scientists in public administration and political science (2021 single year impact).
In May 2021, the University Grants Council (UGC) announced the results of the 2020 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), Hong Kong’s official scheme assessing the research performance and achievement of public universities. All eight public universities in Hong Kong participated in the disciplinary area of political science (including public administration, public policy, and international relations), or Unit of Assessment #25 (UoA 25), submitting their best research impact cases. In the entire Unit, Dr He's impact case was among the only two research impact cases unanimously rated ‘outstanding’ (four star)—the top score—by the international expert panel.
Since 2014, Dr He has received six external competitive projects funded by the General Research Fund (GRF, x3), Public Policy Research Funding Scheme (PPR), the Early Career Scheme (ECS), and the World Health Organization (APO). Two of his GRF projects were rated 5.0 full score by the international review panel.
Dr He is Associate Editor of Policy and Society: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Policy Research (SSCI Q1) and the Journal of Asian Public Policy (SSCI Q2), Executive Member of the East Asian Social Policy Network (EASP), and the alumnus of the Ronald 2oase Institute. He was twice the recipient of the EdUHK President's Award for Outstanding Performance in Research and held the Lowenstein Fellowship, Ronald Coase Institute Fellowship, and NUS Research Scholarship.
As a policy scholar, Dr He is actively engaged in policy advocacy. His articles appeared in leading newspapers, including China Daily, South China Morning Post, Hong Kong Economic Journal, Ming Pao and Singtao Daily. He was interviewed by the Phoenix TV, China Central Television (English channel), The Straits Times, Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK), ATV, China Radio International, and CBS News in the US on various policy issues.