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Prof. Kira MATUS

Visiting Associate Professor, Division of Social Science

Tel:(852) 2358 8400


Office:Room 3366

BioKira Matus is currently a visiting Associate Professor in the Division of Social Sciences and the Division of the Environment at HKUST. From 2015-2017, Prof. Matus was a Senior Lecturer in Innovation and Sustainability in the Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (STEaPP) at University College London (UCL). From 2010 through 2014, Prof. Matus was Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Management in the Department of Government at the LSE, a member of the Comparative Public Policy, Administration and Regulation (CPPAR) research group, and a research associate in the Centre for Analysis of Risk and Regulation (CARR). Prof Matus has taught courses in Public Management, Policy Analysis, the Politics of Policy Advice, the Law and Politics of Regulation, Sustainability Science & Policy, and Comparative Public Policy Change.

Prof. Matus has also been a visiting scholar in the Sustainability Science Program at Harvard University, and a Senior Policy Analyst at the Center for Green Chemistry and Engineering at Yale University. Prof. Matus received her PhD in Public Policy from Harvard University, where she was a recipient the US EPA’s STAR Graduate Fellowship, a Giorgio Ruffalo Doctoral Fellow Sustainability Science, and a recipient of the Vicki Norberg-Bohm Fellowship. She has an SM in Technology and Policy from MIT, where she was part of the Joint Program for the Science and Policy of Global Change), and an ScB in Chemistry from Brown University.

Research Area

  1. primary research focus is at the intersection of innovation, sustainability science, and public policy, focusing on sustainable production-consumption systems. A large portion of my research is on how policy interacts with the development and implementation of "green" technologies in supply chains, especially those that include the production and/or use of chemicals. I look at how policy can incentivize innovation- but also at how innovation can feed-back into policy, and when new technologies allow for, and sometimes even demand, new approaches to policy on the part of public, private and civil society actors. This includes areas such as certification and voluntary regulatory tools, as examples of some of the different approaches being used to effectively regulation emerging technologies. I also have a longstanding interest in the use of scientific expertise in the policy process, which has led to work on the controversies surrounding efforts to control bovine Tb with the culling badgers in the UK and possums in the NZ.



Research Interests

  • Innovation for sustainable development
  • Sustainable production and consumption/ sustainable manufacturing
  • Green Chemistry and engineering
  • Science advice in public policy
  • Regulation of emerging technologies
  • Sustainability science



Featured publications

Anadon, L.D., Chan, G., Harley, A.G., Matus, K., Moon, S., Murthy, S.L., Clark, W.C., (2016). Making technological innovation work for sustainable development. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.


Vergragt, P.J., Dendler, L., de Jong, M., Matus, K., (2016). Transitions to sustainable consumption and production in cities. Journal of Cleaner Production 134, Part A, 1–12.


Lodge, Martin and Matus, Kira J. M. (2014) Science, badgers, politics: advocacy coalitions and policy change in bovine tuberculosis policy in Britain. Policy Studies Journal, 42 (3). pp. 367-390.


Matus, K. (2014) Capacity, Innovation and their Interaction in Multistakeholder Sustainability Initiatives. In M. Lodge and K. Wegrich, eds. ‘Governance capacities of the contemporary state: HERTIE Governance Report 2014.’ Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK.


Maguire, S., Iles, A., Matus, K., Mulvihill, M., Scharzman, MR., and Wilson, MP. Bringing new meanings to molecules by integrating green chemistry and the social sciences. in ISSC and UNESCO (2013), World Social Science Report 2013, Changing Global Environments. OECD Publishing and UNESCO Publishing. Paris.


Barry, M., Cashore, B., Clay, J., Fernandez, M., Lebel, L., Lyon, T., Mallet, P., Matus, K., Melchett, P., Vandenbergh, M., Vis, J.K., and Whelen, T. Toward Sustainability: The Roles and Limitations of Certification. The State-of-Knowledge Assessment of Standards and Certification, Washington DC. 2012.

Matus, Kira J.M, Xiao Xin, and Julie B Zimmerman (2012). Green Chemistry and Green Engineering in China: Trends, Policies and Barriers. Journal of cleaner production, 32, 193-203.