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Prof. Kira MATUS

Associate Head, Division of Public Policy
Associate Professor, Division of Public Policy
Associate Professor, Division of Social Science
Associate Professor, Division of Environment & Sustainability

Tel:(852) 3469 2730


Office:Room 4616D


PhD, Harvard University



  • 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



Kira Matus is currently Associate Head in the Division of Public Policy, Associate Professor in Division of Social Science and the Division of Environment & Sustainability 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.



  • 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.