Alumni profile

Pui-hang Wong

Thesis: The Hearts and Minds in Conflict and Peace: The Economics of Counterinsurgency and the Psychology of Reconstruction, 2017

Promotor(s): Khalid Koser & Lutz F. Krebs

Pui-Hang Wong is a lecturer at Maastricht Graduate School of Governance (MGSoG), Maastricht University and a researcher at United Nations University - Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT). Prior to that, he was a visiting researcher at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) and a researcher at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Pui-Hang’s research interests are political economy, international development, security, and statebuilding in post-conflict countries. Recent research projects include: international policy learning and diffusion in Africa, regional integration and income convergence in Belarus, effectiveness of development aid in reducing violence in Iraq, trust-building in post-conflict Sierra Leone, ex-combatant reintegration in Liberia, impacts of human rights on international migration, corruption and gender equality, among others. His research has appeared in Journal of Peace Research.

Pui-Hang has taught various courses at Maastricht University: Political Violence and Human Development (doctoral), Impact Evaluation (doctoral), Research Design (doctoral and master), Quantitative Methods I (bachelor), Public Economics (master), Introductory Economics (master and bachelor) and International Relations (bachelor). He has supervised master's theses at MGSoG/UNU-MERIT, bachelor's theses at University College Maastricht (UCM) and an Honours+ assignment on sustainable peace by EDLAB. He also serves as an academic advisor at UCM. He holds a University Teaching Qualification (BKO) certificate.

Pui-Hang holds a doctor's degree from Maastricht University, master’s degrees in economics from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the University of Essex (UK) and a bachelor's degree in economics from Monash University (Australia). Before joining the School of Governance, he worked at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and interned at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). He is a member of the Research School on Peace and Conflict.


Selected publications by Pui-hang Wong