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PhD (University of New South Wales)

MCom (University of New South Wales)



3400 3675



Social Entrepreneurship/Social Innovation

Impact Investing

Gig Economy/Digital Labor

Circular Economy/Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Consumption



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Social Entrepreneurship and Enterprise

Social Innovation

Evaluation Methods

Financial Management in the Social Sector



Yanto Chandra 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 examines why, how, and with what consequences entrepreneurial individuals, organizations, and communities create societal, ecological and public wealth; with or without economic wealth. He is interested in the intersection between entrepreneurship/innovation, policy, and society. He looks at the venturing process, decision making, interventions used in social entrepreneurship, social innovation initiatives, impact investing, gig economy in the offline and online labor market, consumption and production in the circular economy, and sustainable entrepreneurship, and the overall contribution of these activities to sustainable development and better public management. His research has been published in reputable journals including Public Management ReviewPublic Administration Review, World Development, Journal of Business VenturingJournal of International Business Studies, and VOLUNTAS. He is Associate Editor of Social Enterprise Journal, Journal of Social Entrepreneurship, and Business Ethics: A European Review (IF: 2.919), and editorial board members of several other journals.

Chandra was previously Associate Professor at the City University of Hong Kong Department of Public Policy and Department of Management, and prior to this Assistant Professor at The University of Leeds (United Kingdom) and the University of Amsterdam (Netherlands) business schools. 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 Social Innovation

Impact Investing

Social accounting metrics and measurements

Gig economy in the offline and online labor market

Circular Economy/Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Consumption


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

Chandra, Y., & Shang, L. (2021). Social Entrepreneurship Interventions in the HIV/AIDS sector: A Social Entrepreneurship-Social Work Perspective. International Social Work, 64(1), 5-23.


Chandra, Y., Lee, K.M.E., & Tjiptono, F. (2021). Public versus Private Interest in Social Entrepreneurship: Can One Serve Two Masters? Forthcoming, Journal of Cleaner Production.


Chandra, Y., Teasdale, S., & Tjiptono, F. (2021). Social Entrepreneurship Research in the Greater China Region: A Scoping Review and New Research Framework. Forthcoming, Journal of Asian Public Policy.


Li, Y; Chandra, Y; Lin, L., & Fan, Y. (2020). From Women for Women: The Role of Social Media in Online Nonprofit Activities during Wuhan LockdownPublic Administration and Development, 40: 267-272.


Li, Y., Chandra, Y., Kapucu, N. (2020). Crisis Coordination and the Role of Social Media in Response to COVID-19 in Wuhan, ChinaThe American Review of Public Administration (online first version).


Chandra, Y., & Paras, A. (2020). Social Entrepreneurship in the Context of Disaster Recovery: Organizing for Public Value CreationPublic Management Review (early online version). Watch a video highlight of this research.


Lee, K.M., & Chandra, Y. (2020). Dynamic and Marketing Capabilities as Predictors of Social Enterprises’ PerformanceVOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, 31: 587-600.


Walker, R.M., Chandra, Y., Zhang, J., & Witteloostuijn, A. (2019). Topic Modeling the Research-practice Gap in Public AdministrationPublic Administration Review, 79(6), 931-937.


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, 22(5), 712-742.


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, 看漫畫認識社會企業套書 (3冊合售) Graphic Novels on Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainability (The Dragon Tale, The O's Lab, Mad Spicy Resto), Chuliu Publisher, Taiwan.


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.



GRF GrantLegitimacy of Social Enterprises and Customer Patronization. Principal Investigator, HK$813,400 (2021-2023).


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)


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, Social Enterprise Journal, Journal of Social Entrepreneurship, Business Ethics, the Environment and Responsibility (IF: 2.919)


Convener of the Academic Forum in the Hong Kong Social Enterprise Summit (since 2018)


SEEMark Certification Panel Member, Hong Kong General Chamber of Social Enterprise (since 2019)