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Shin Kue Ryu

Shin Kue Ryu

Associate Professor of Public Administration, Public Policy, Political Economy, and Comparative Politics.

Office: Graveley Hall, North Wing, 3rd floor

(208) 282-2487


Ph.D. George Mason University, 2016

Shin Kue Ryu’s research interests include politics and sustainable development goals, strengthening public sector capacity building in developing country contexts, and infrastructure development implementation frameworks. His specific interests include expansion of equal access to government services in development country contexts, water and sanitation infrastructure policies in Asia and the Pacific countries, and the role of politics in achieving sustainable development goals.

Dr. Ryu was the principal researcher for WaterAid’s comparative sanitation case studies of Malaysia, Singapore, and South Korea. The research serves to demonstrate that universal access to sanitation can be achieved within a single generation. A research that was much needed in light of the failing to meet the Millennium Development Goal on sanitation, which signaled a need to depart from the status quo. The research has been cited as a solution to Asia’s challenge on sanitation by the Asian Development Bank’s flagship report, the Asian Water Development Outlook 2016.

Dr. Ryu also brings professional experience of having worked at the World Bank headquarters in Washington, DC. His experiences involve being the researcher for the World Bank’s Public-Private Partnership Reference Guide 2.0 and Delivering Universal and Sustainable Water Services: Partnering with the Private Sector – Guidance Note. He is also the co-author of OECD Public-Private Partnerships: The Relevance of Budgeting publication, which was presented at the OECD Senior Budget Officials Meeting.

Interests in his research has often translated to invited talks, as he has been a special guest presenter at Asian Development Bank, Korea Environmental Institute, and Sungkyunkwan University’s Water Institute among others. In 2017, he will be speaking at the World Toilet Association to deliver a plan on how to tackle the global sanitation challenge.

Dr. Shin Kue Ryu received his PhD from the Schar School of Policy and Government in George Mason University, where he also received the Outstanding Doctoral Student Award for his dissertation. He received his MSc from Queen Mary University of London and his MA from Washington University in Saint Louis. He also received his BA from Washington University in Saint Louis.