Dr Azad Bali

Senior Lecturer in Public Policy
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • Health Policy 160508
  • Public Policy 160510

Research interests

Health Policy in Developing Asia

Comparative Public Policy



I am a Senior Lecturer in Public Policy at Australian National University and hold a joint appointment at The School of Politics & International Relations, and the Crawford School of Public Policy. My research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of public policy theory (policy design, instruments, comparative approaches) and health policy. The empirical focus of most of my work has been on India, Singapore and Thailand. At the ANU, I convene the Bachelor of Public Policy degree, and teach graduate and undergraduate courses on public policy theory, policy design, and public sector management.

I am currently working on two projects. The first is a book-length manuscript Thinking Comparatively About Public Policy. The project advances a theoretical framework, and engages with the methodological and empirical issues in comparative studies of public policy. The second project The Competing Struggles of Health Reform is a follow through on a recently completed book, Health Policy in Asia: A Policy Design Approach, and conceptualises efforts to sustain universal healthcare as a series of competing policy struggles . The argument is illustrated with reference to health reforms underway in Southeast Asia.


Researcher's projects

The Struggle for Universal Healthcare: A comparative study that explores the design, governance, and politics of universal healthcare in Southeast Asia (Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia). Each of these are conceptualised through the metaphor of a 'struggle'. The project develops propositions and arguments on how these societies are navigating these competing struggles

Thinking Comparatively about Policy Tools & Public Policy: This project (with Adam Hannah) develops a novel framework to theorise comparative studies in the policy sciences, and improve our understanding of policy success and failure. 

Understanding Health Policy Learning in India: How and to what effect do policy actors learn from  public health crises? This is a pilot project funded by ANU's APIP grant and the Australian Centre of Federalism. 


Projects and Grants

Grants information is drawn from ARIES. To add or update Projects or Grants information please contact your College Research Office.

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