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Curriculum Vitae

Work experience

September 2016

Director of the Centre for Financial and Management Studies (CeFiMS)

CeFiMS is the distance learning centre of the School of Finance and Management of SOAS University of London

October 2015

Director of the Centre for Water and Development (CWD)

CWD is a SOAS research centre on water resource management and development

September 2012

Joined SOAS University of London

Currently working there as Senior Lecturer in Public Policy and Management, and director of the MSc Public Policy and Management and MSc Public Financial Management programmes

January 2004

Joined University of Cagliari

At the Faculty of Economic, Political and Juridical Sciences and worked there as Associate Professor, teaching public sector management and planning and control

December 2001

Chartered accountant (Italy)

I qualified as chartered accountant and auditor and worked as accounting professional for about 15 years

Education

2012

PhD (London School of Economics)

Thesis on regulatory reforms in multi-layered governance systems

2002

PhD (University of Salerno, Italy)

Thesis on investment decisions in public sector organisations

1999

MSc Management (London School of Economics)

1996

Degree in Economics and Commerce (University of Cagliari, Italy)

Teaching experience

2015-2019

Public Financial Management: Revenue

Financial Reporting (IPSAS)

MSc Public Policy and Management
MSc Public Financial Management
(SOAS University of London)

2015-2018

Qualitative and Case Study Research

BSc International Management
(SOAS University of London)

2013-2017

Public Management: Strategy, Innovation and Delivery

Master in Public Administration (guest teacher)
(London School of Economics)

2008-2014

Planning and control

Planning and control in public sector organisations

Business Strategy

PG degree in Managerial Economics
(University of Cagliari, Italy)

2004-2008

Planning and control in tourism organisations

UG degree in Economics and Management of Tourism Services
(University of Cagliari, Italy)

Visiting periods

2018

Southwest University, Chongqing

Visiting Scholar at the School of Political Science and Public Administration

2012

European University Institute

Visiting Fellow at the Florence School of Regulation of the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies

2011

Higher School of Economics, Moscow

Visiting Teacher

2009

CESifo, Munich

Visiting Researcher


Courses taught for executive education

  • Spending and revenue in the public sector
  • Managing public debt
  • Fiscal decentralisation
  • Implementing public-private partnerships
  • Stakeholder engagement in water governance
  • Strategic public administration
  • Public financial management
  • Policy design, policy evaluation and implementation
  • Public administration and public-private partnerships
  • Public management and governance
  • Policy monitoring, evaluation and review
  • Why policies fail: learning from failure
  • The regulation of local public services
  • Financing local public services and development
  • Models of funding public projects
  • Regulatory systems across countries
  • International accounting regulation
  • Tendencies in international taxation
  • Between national and local: multi-level regulation
  • Public accounting and finance: principles and practices
  • Co-producing public services

Publications: articles

  • Araral, E., A. Asquer, and Y. Wang (2017), “Regulatory Constructivism: Application of Q Methodology in Italy and China”, Water Resources Management, 17: 1-25.
  • Asquer, A. (2015), “Managing Challenging Organizational Change: Introducing Active Labor Market Policies in Italian Public Employment Agencies”, Public Management Review, 17(6): 901-921.
  • Asquer, A. (2014), “Explaining Partial Privatization of Public Service Provision: The Emergence of Mixed Ownership Water Firms in Italy (1994-2009), Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics, 85(1): 11-30.
  • Asquer, A. (2014), “Using Analytic Narratives in Policy Analysis: An Explanation of the Implementation of the Water Reform in Italy (1994-2002)”, Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis, 16(1): 79-93.
  • Asquer, A. (2014), “Understanding Subjectivities in the Regulation of Local Water Services: A Q-Methodology Study of Elected Public Officers in Italy”, Water, 6(3): 670-693.
  • Asquer A. (2012), “Managing the Process of Decentralization: Transforming Old Public Entities into New Agencies in the Agricultural Sector”, International Public Management Journal, 15(2): 207-229.
  • Asquer A. (2012), “Aligning Technological and Institutional Change: Maritime Transport in West Mediterranean Sea”, Competition and Regulation in Network Industries, 13(2): 108-132.
  • Asquer A. (2012), “What is Corporate Diplomacy? And, Why Does it Matter?”, Journal of Multidisciplinary Research, December.
  • Asquer A. (2011), “Liberalization and Regulatory Reform of Network Industries: A Comparative Analysis of Italian Public Utilities”, Utilities Policy, 19(3): 172-184.
  • Spano A. and A. Asquer (2011), “Performance Review and Assessment of Public Managers: Some Evidence from Local Governments in Italy”, International Journal of Public Administration, 34: 1-12.
  • Asquer A. (2010) “Implementing Fiscal Decentralization: A Case Study of a Tax Agency in Italy”, Governance, 23(4): 609-621.
  • Asquer A. (2010), “Regulatory Reform and Industrial Restructuring: The Cases of Water, Gas, and Electricity in Italy”, Competition and Regulation in Network Industries, 11(1): 85-117.
  • Asquer A. (2010), “The Regulatory Reform of Water Infrastructure in Italy: Overall Design and Local Variations', Water Policy, 12(1-Supplement): 66-83.

Publications: books

  • Asquer, A. (2018), Regulation of Infrastructure and Utilities: Public Policy and Management Issues. London: Palgrave.
  • Asquer, A. (2017), Public Sector Revenue: Principles, Policies and Management. London: Routledge.
  • Flynn, N. and A. Asquer (2017), Public Sector Management, 7th edition. London: SAGE.
  • Asquer, A., F. Becchis, and D. Russolillo (eds) (2016), The Political Economy of Local Regulation: Theoretical Frameworks and International Case Studies. London: Palgrave. 

Publications: book chapters

  • Asquer, A. and V. Mele (2018), “Policy-Making and Public Management”, in E. Ongaro and S. Van Thiel (eds), The Palgrave Handbook of Public Administration and Management in Europe. London: Palgrave.
  • Asquer A. (2017), “Big Data and Innovation in the Delivery of Public Services”, in A. Bergman (ed.), Yearbook of Swiss Administrative Sciences. Zurich: SSSA.
  • DuVernet, A., A. Asquer. and I. Krachkovskaya (2016), “The gamification of education and business: a critical analysis and future prospects”, in F. X. Olleros and M. Zhegu (eds), Research Handbook on Digital Transformations. Cheltenham, Edward Elgar.
  • Asquer A. (2014), “Big Data an Innovation in the Delivery of Public Services: The Case of Predictive Policing in Kent”, in C. Dolicanin, E. Kajan, D. Randjelovic, and B. Stojanovic (eds), Democratic Strategies and Citizen-Centered E-Government Services. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.
  • Asquer, A. and I. Marcialis (2014), “Exploring the Discourse on Sustainability in Public Procurement: A Q-Methodology Study in Development Cooperation Programmes”, in A. Bergman (ed.), Yearbook of Swiss Administrative Sciences. Zurich: SSSA.
  • Asquer A. (2014), “Institutions and the Market for Corporate Control in Asia: An Empirical Analysis”, in T. Carroll, D. Jarvis, and M Ramesh (eds), The Politics of Marketising Asia. Studies in the Political Economy of Public Policy. Palgrave.
  • Asquer, A. (2013), “Not Just Videogames: Gamification and its Potential Application to Public Services”, in E. F. Halpin (ed.), Digital Public Administration and E-Government in Developing Nations: Policy and Practice. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.
  • Asquer A. (2012), “Designing Performance Review and Assessment Systems in Central Government Departments”, in A. Bergman (ed.), Yearbook of Swiss Administrative Sciences. Zurich: SSSA, pp. 67-76.
  • Asquer A. (2012), “E-Government, M-Government, L-Government. Exploring future ICT applications in public administration”, in M. Miinul Islam and M. Ehsan (eds), From Government to E-Governance:
Public Administration in the Digital Age, pp. 50-63.
  • Asquer A. and I. Marcialis (2012), “Managing cooperation programs in developing countries: a case comparative analysis in Kenya, Pakistan, Brazil, Somalia, and Egypt”, in C. du Boys, R. Fouchet, and B. Tiberghien (eds), Management Public Durable: Dialogue Autour de la Méditerranée. Bruxelles: Bruylant, pp. 409-428.
  • Asquer A. (2011) “The Regulation of Water Infrastructure in Italy: Evolution and Effects”, in D. Jarvis, M. Ramesh, and W. Xun (eds), Infrastructure Regulation: What Works, Why, and How do we Know it? Lessons from Asia and Beyond. Singapore: World Scientific, pp. 457-488.
  • Asquer A. (2011), “Explaining Variety in the Regulation of Local Public Services: A new Institutional Analysis of the Water Sector”, in A. Bergman (ed.), Yearbook of Swiss Administrative Sciences. Zurich: SSSA.
  • Asquer A. (2011), “Incentive Systems in Public Health Care Organisations in Italy”, in H. Jalilian and V. Sen (eds), Improving Health Sector Performance: Institutions, Motivations and Incentives - The Cambodia Dialogue. Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, pp. 328-352.

Conference presentations

  • Asquer, A. and I. Krachkovskaya (2017), “The Regulation of Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS): Facing the Rise of Sensor Networks, Artificial Intelligence, and Robotics”, 3rd International Conference of Public Policy, Singapore, 28-30 June 2017.
  • Asquer, A. and A. Alzahrani (2017), “Explaining Neoliberal Reforms in Neo-Patrimonial Systems: The Commercialization of Health and Education in Saudi Arabia”, 3rd International Conference of Public Policy, Singapore, 28-30 June 2017.
  • Asquer, A. (2017), “How Do Physician Executives Understand Performance Review and Assessment? A Longitudinal Q-methodology Analysis in a Public Health Organization”, 3rd International Conference of Public Policy, Singapore, 28-30 June 2017.
  • Asquer, A. (2017), “How Do Physician Executives Understand Performance Review and Assessment? A Longitudinal Q-methodology Analysis in a Public Health Organization”, Public Management Research Conference, Washington DC, 8-10 June.
  • Araral, E., A. Asquer, and Y. Wang (2015), “Opening Up the Black Box of the Regulatory Discourse: Exploring Subjectivities on Local Water Services among Public Officers in China”, International Seminar on Water Resources Management, University of Pisa, 3 June.
  • Asquer, A. and M. Vatteroni (2014), “Regulatory Reform, Industrial Change, and Competitive Strategy: Exploring the Subjective Understanding of the Transforming Public Sector”, 7th Conference on Competition and Regulation in Network Industries, Centre for European Policy Studies, Brussels.
  • Al-Zahrani, A. A. and A. Asquer (2014), “Theorizing Organizational Adjustments: Institutional Experimentation in the Commercialization of Health and Education in Saudi Arabia”, MED7 Conference, Rome, 8-10 October.
  • Asquer A. (2014), “Exploring Ideas on the Regulation of Local Public Services: A Q-Methodology Study of Elected Public Officers in Italy”, 2014 Biennial ECPR Conference on Regulation and Governance, Barcelona, 25-27 June.
  • Asquer A., I. Lunesu, and X. Wang (2014), “Break Out of the Agile Plateau and Climb the New High: Innovating from Existing Routines”, XP 2014 Conference, Rome, 26 May.
  • Asquer, A. (2013), “The Governance of Big Data: Perspectives and Issues”, First International Conference on Public Policy, Grenoble, 26-28 June.
  • Al-Zahrani, A. A. and A. Asquer (2013), “Public agency by day corporate by evening: An exploratory study of a new model of providing public services”, Joint Congress of IIAS-IASA, Manama, Bahrain, 1-6 June.
  • Asquer A. (2012), “Co-investment in the Co-production of Public Services: Are Clients Willing to Do It?”, Seminar on “Co-production in public services: the state of the art” Corvinus University, Budapest, 22-23 November.
  • Asquer A. (2012), “Explaining the Partial Privatization of Public Service Provision: The Emergence of Mixed Ownership Water Firms in Italy (1994-2009)”, 5th Conference on Competition and Regulation in Network Industries, Centre for European Policy Studies, Brussels.
  • Asquer A. (2012), “The Challenge of Implementing Infrastructure Regulatory Reforms in Multi-level Governance Systems”, First Annual Conference on the Regulation of Infrastructure Industries, Florence School of Regulation, European University Institute, Florence.
  • Asquer A. (2012), “Implementing Regulatory Reforms in Multi-Level Governance Systems: The Case of the Reform of the Water Sector in Italy (1994-2006)”, 8th Trans-Atlantic Dialogue conference, University of Nijmegen, the Netherlands.
  • Asquer A. (2012), “Learning to Make the Job Market Work: Capacity Building in Public Employment Agencies in Italy”, Public Management Research Conference, Fudan University, Shanghai.
  • Asquer A. (2012), “Explaining Partial Privatisation: The Emergence of Mixed Ownership Water Firms in Italy (1990s-2000s)”, Symposium “Neither Public nor Private: Mixed Forms of Service Delivery around the Globe”, Universitat de Barcelona.
  • Asquer A. (2011), “Aligning Technological and Institutional Change: Maritime Transport in West Mediterranean Sea”, 4th Conference on Competition and Regulation in Network Industries, Centre for European Policy Studies, Brussels.
  • Krachkovskaya I. and A. Asquer (2011), “Mergers and acquisitions in the banking sector: the role of the institutional context”, AIDEA giovani conference, University of Cagliari.
  • Asquer A. (2011), “Reconstructing the Silk Road: The Role of Chambers of Commerce Abroad in the Development of Asian Markets”, workshop “Private sector organisations and new approaches to building markets in Asia”, Centre on Asia and Globalisation, National University of Singapore.
  • Asquer A. (2011), “Diversification and Innovation Strategies in the Postal Industry”, SAP Forums on Travel and Transportation, Brussels.
  • Asquer A. (2011), “Combining Innovation and Diversification Strategy: The Case of PosteMobile in Italy”, Second “Trends in Innovation in the Postal Market” Conference, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne.
  • Asquer A. (2011), “Political Institutions and the Market for Corporate Control in Asia: An Empirical Analysis”, workshop “Public organisations and new approaches to building markets in Asia”, Centre on Asia and Globalisation, National University of Singapore.
  • Asquer A. (2010), “Struggling for competition in regulated network industries: experiences in Italy”, 3rd Conference on Competition and Regulation in Network Industries, Centre for European Policy Studies, Brussels.
  • Asquer A. and I. Marcialis (2010), “Managing cooperation programs in developing countries: a case comparative analysis in Kenya, Pakistan, Brazil, Somalia, and Egypt”, MED3 – Third Euro-Mediterranean Public Management Dialogue, Tunis.
  • Asquer A. (2010), “The Development of Organizational Capabilities in a Changing Postal Service Industry: The Cases of Royal Mail, La Poste, Deutsche Post DHL, and Poste Italiane”, First “Trends and Innovation for the Postal Market” Conference, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Lausanne.
  • Asquer A. (2010), “Liberalization and regulatory reform of public utilities in Italy: a cross-sectoral analysis”, I International Conference on Economics and Management of Public Utilities, University of Eastern Piedmont, Novara - University Bocconi, Milan.
  • Asquer A. (2009), “Regulatory Reform and Industrial Restructuring: The Cases of Water, Gas, and Electricity in Italy”, 2nd Conference on Competition and Regulation in Network Industries, Centre for European Policy Studies, Brussels (Best Paper Award).
  • Asquer A. (2009), “The Regulation of Water Infrastructure in Italy: Evolution and Effects', Workshop, LIRNEasia, Negombo, Sri Lanka.
  • Asquer A. (2008), “Water Infrastructure Regulation in Italy: What Works, How, Why?”, Conference on Infrastructure Regulation, University of Hong Kong.
  • Asquer A. (2008), “Implementing Regulatory Reforms in Multi-Level Governance Systems: The Case of the Water Reform in Italy (1994-2006)”, IV Trans-Atlantic Dialogue, Bocconi University, Milan.
  • Asquer A. (2005), “Advantages and Disadvantages of Decentralisation in Complex Inter-Organisational Settings”, European Group of Public Administration Conference, University of Bern, Switzerland.
  • Asquer A. (2003), “Implementing Regulation in the Utility Sectors: Evidence from the Italian Water Reform in the Nineties”, Center for Analysis of Risk and Regulation Research Students Conference, LSE, London.
  • Asquer A. (2003), “Accounting and Public Infrastructure Development Under Changing Governance and Management Styles”, Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Accounting Young Scholars Colloquium, Madrid.
  • Asquer A. and S. Spano (2003), “Accounting and Public Infrastructure Development Under Changing Governance and Management Styles”. XVI Annual Congress of the European Accounting Association, Seville.
  • Asquer A. and A. Spano (2003), “The Legal System, Politics, and Management in the Control of Governmental Organisations”, XVI Annual Congress of the European Accounting Association, Seville.
  • Asquer A. and A. Spano (2002), “Innovation in Management Accounting Knowledge: Evidence from a Field Experiment of ABCM Implementation”, XV Annual Congress of the European Accounting Association, Copenhagen.
  • Asquer A. and A. Spano (2002), “Public Sector Internal Control and the Role of Incentive and Reward System”, XV Annual Congress of the European Accounting Association, Copenhagen.