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PhD (University of New South Wales)

MCom (University of New South Wales)



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Social Entrepreneurship/Social Innovation


Behavioral Public Policy



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Social Entrepreneurship

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Yanto Chandra, Ph.D. is Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and Director of the Centre for Social Policy and Social Entrepreneurship (CSPSE). Chandra’s research focuses on organizations and interventions that seek to create or stimulate public behavioral change towards desirable outcomes including social innovation/entrepreneurship, impact investing, sustainability initiatives, and behavioral public policy. His research has been published in various journals including Public Administration Review, World Development, Journal of Business VenturingJournal of International Business Studies, and VOLUNTAS. He is an Associate Editor of Business Ethics: A European Review, Journal of Social Entrepreneurship, among others.


Chandra was previously Associate Professor at the City University of Hong Kong (Departments of Public Policy and Management), and prior to this Assistant Professor at the University of Leeds (UK) and the University of Amsterdam (Netherlands) business schools. He won multiple teaching awards in Hong Kong. He held a visiting position at the Georgia State University’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies. Prior to these, he spent around seven years in the advisory role in a large bank (e.g., Assistant Vice President in Risk Analytics at HSBC) in Hong Kong, and consulting firms (e.g., Auditor at Ernst & Young) in Singapore and Jakarta. 


Research Interests:

Social Entrepreneurship and Public Management

Sustainability (e.g., impact or ESG investing, responsible production/consumption)

Behavioral Public Policy (e.g., public support on sustainable products)

Computational Social Sciences (e.g., topic modeling, computational linguistics)


Selected Publications (Scholarly Books & Monographs, Journals, Book Chapters, Conference papers): 

Lee, K.M., & Chandra, Y. (2019). Dynamic and Marketing Capabilities as Predictors of Social Enterprises’ PerformanceVOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations (forthcoming).


Walker, R.M., Chandra, Y., Zhang, J., & Witteloostuijn, A. (2019). Topic Modeling the Research-practice Gap in Public AdministrationPublic Administration Review (forthcoming).


Chandra, Y., & Shang, L. (2019). Social Entrepreneurship Interventions in the HIV/AIDS Sector: A Social Entrepreneurship - Social Work PerspectiveInternational Social Work (forthcoming).


Chandra, Y., & Walker, R.M. (2019). How Does a Seminal Article in Public Administration Diffuse and Influence the Field? Bibliometric Methods and the Case of Hood’s “A Public Management For All Seasons?” International Public Management Journal (forthcoming).


Chandra, Y. (2018). New Narratives of Development Work? Making Sense of Social Entrepreneurs' Development Narratives across Time and EconomiesWorld Development, 107, 306-326.


Chandra, Y. (2017). Social Entrepreneurship as Emancipatory WorkJournal of Business Venturing, 32(6), 657-673.


Chandra, Y., & Shang, L. (2017). Unpacking the Biographical Antecedents of the Emergence of Social Enterprises: A Narrative PerspectiveVOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, 28(6), 2498-2529.


Chandra, Y. (2017). A Time-Based Process Model of International Entrepreneurial Opportunity Evaluation. Journal of International Business Studies, 48(4), 423-451.


Chandra, Y., Jiang, Li., & Wang, C-J. (2016). Mining Social Entrepreneurship Strategies using Topic ModelingPLosONE, 11(3), e0151342.


Other publications:

Three comics on sustainability and social entrepreneurship, Chuliu Publisher, Taiwan (in press).


Chandra, Y., & Shang, L. (2019). Qualitative Research Using R: A Systematic Approach. Singapore: Springer Nature.


Chandra, Y., & Wong, L. (2016). Social Entrepreneurship in the Greater China Region: Policy and Cases. Routledge, UK. (Foreword written by Carrie Lam, Chief Executive Officer of the Hong Kong Government, and Stan Shih, founder of Acer Corporation, Taiwan). Book reviewed by Cui, T.S. (2017) in VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations.



PolyU StartUp GrantEnabling Public Behavioral Change through Social Entrepreneurship. Principal Investigator, HK$500,000, 2019-2022.


GRF GrantPublic Administration Research and Real-World Problems: Topic Modelling the Changing Landscape, 2018-2020, HK$606,992, Co-Investigator (PI: Prof Richard Walker, CityU)


UGC Teaching and Learning GrantTransforming Science and Engineering Talents into Technopreneurs: Hong Kong as a Technology Dragon, 2017 to 2019, HK$999,000, Co-Principal Investigator (PI: Dr Derek Ho, CityU)


GRF GrantThe Mechanisms of Performance in Social Enterprises, 2016-2020, Principal Investigator, HK$369,300.


Chiang Ching Kuo Foundation Research Grant (Taiwan)Unpacking the Management Practices of Chinese Social Enterprises, 2016-2020, Principal Investigator, US$42,000 (HK$330,000).


SIEFund GrantMapping the Best Practices in Social Innovation Development, Principal Investigator, 2017-2021, HK$397,500.


Professional and community service:

Guest Editor (with Janelle Kerlin), Social Entrepreneurship in Context for the Journal of Asian Public Policy

Associate Editors, Journal of Social Entrepreneurship, Business Ethics: A European Review (IF: 2.919)

Editorial Board Member, Social Enterprise Journal

Convener of the Academic Forum in the Hong Kong Social Enterprise Summit

SEEMark Certification Panel Member, Hong Kong General Chamber of Social Enterprise