Ph.D., Utrecht University
Tel: 86-10-6277 3557
Xiaoli Lu (PhD Utrecht University) is Tenured Associate Professor at Tsinghua University's School of Public Policy and Management, Associate Director at Tsinghua's Center for Crisis Management Research, and Executive Director of the Behavior and Data Science Lab. Lu has taught a Chinese course named Public Management in the school's MPA program and an English course named Public Organization and Management in the IMPA/BRI programs since 2015. Started from the fall semester of 2021, Lu is going to teach a Chinese course titled Theories of Emergency Management in the school’s PhD program. Lu has published widely on topics of crisis and disaster management, and organizational issues. His recent book is Managing uncertainty in crisis: exploring the impact of institutionalization on organizational sense making. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation of China, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Science and Technology, Ministry of Emergency Management, China Earthquake Administration, Beijing Social Science Foundation and Beijing Earthquake Administration. He serves on the editorial boards of three journals, Disasters, Risk, Hazards & Crisis in Public Policy, Journal of Risk Analysis and Crisis Response and Journal of Risk, Disaster & Crisis Research (in Chinese), and the board of the China Society of Emergency Management. He is also the co-founders of the Youth Sub-forum and Summer School affiliated to the Forum of Fifty on Emergency Management. He was a visiting fellow at Harvard Kennedy School and a UNESCO Visiting Fellow at the University of Essex. Lu’s current research interests include sensemaking of bureaucrats at both strategic and operational levels, video method in organizational analysis, and field experiments in governmental settings.
Public Organization, Crisis Management, Multimodal Analysis
2011-2014 Utrecht School of Governance, Utrecht University, the Netherlands
2007-2011 Institute of Public Administration, Leiden University, the Netherlands
2008-2009 Visiting Research Associate, Stephenson Disaster Research Institute, Louisiana State University, USA
2007 Management Science and Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, China
2005 Construction Engineering Management, Harbin Institute of Technology, China
Public Administration (MPA)
Public Organization and Management (IMPA)
Qualitative Research Methods II (PhD, co-teach, sessions on field studies)
Theories of Emergency Management (PhD)
2020.01 Science Research Famous Achievement Award in Higher Institution
2019.12 Youth Academic Leader of Emergency Management in Beijing
2019.12 Huayu Associate Professor
2019.09 “Public Administration”(with Wenhao Cheng, Guosheng Deng, Wei Zhong), Awarded both the University-level and College-Level Benchmark of Postgraduate Courses in 2019
2019.07 Tsinghua University Best Master Thesis Advisor
2017.12 “Public Crisis Management”(with Zongchao Peng, Lan Xue, Feng Cao, Xinchuan Liu, Baoxia Liu), Awarded National-level Massive Online Open Course
2016.12-2019.11 Tang Scholar
2015.12 Youth Talent, Beijing Outstanding Talent Training Program
2015.10 Nominee for the 2014 Dutch/Flemish Van Poelje Prize for Best Doctoral Dissertation in Public Administration
2009.06 The 1st Place Winner for the Annual Hazards and Disaster Student Paper Competition in the 34th Annual Natural Hazards Research and Application Workshop, Natural Hazards Center at University of Colorado, Broomfield, Colorado, USA
2021.05- Editorial Board Member Journal of Risk Analysis and Crisis Response
2020.07- Editorial Board Member Disasters
2016.02- Steering Committee Member The 1st, 2nd & 3rd Conference of International Network of Disaster Studies
2017.08- Editorial Board Member Risk, Hazards & Crisis in Public Policy
2015.06- Editorial Board Member Journal of Risk, Disaster & Crisis Research (in Chinese)
2015.12- Board Member China Society of Emergency Management
2014.11- Co-founder Youth sub-Forum and the summer school, The Forum of Fifty on Emergency Management
LU X. Managing Uncertainty in Crisis: Exploring the Impact of Institutionalization on Organizational Sensemaking [M]. Springer, (2017).
LU X, XU H, WANG W. Clients’ Help Deservingness, Crowd Situational Stress and Discretionary Decision-making: An Experimental Study of Regulatory Street-level Bureaucrats in China [J]. International Public Management Journal, 2021, 24(2): 287-312.
LU X, WANG W, XU H. Who can serve as the proxy for public employees in public administration experiments? A cross-sample comparison [J]. Public Management Review, 2020
LU X, HAN Z. Emergency Management in China: towards a Comprehensive Model? [J]. Journal of Risk Research, 2019, 22(11): 1425-42.
ZHONG K, LU X. Exploring the administrative mechanism of China's Paired Assistance to Disaster Affected Areas programme [J]. Disasters, 2018, 42(3): 590-612.
LU X. Online communication behavior at the onset of a catastrophe: an exploratory study of the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake in China [J]. Natural Hazards, 2018, 91(2): 785-802.
LU X, XUE L. Managing the unexpected: sense-making in the Chinese emergency management system [J]. Public Administration, 2016, 94(2): 414-29.
LU X. Typhoon Evacuation in Wenzhou, China: A Preliminary Analysis of Progress and the Remaining Challenges [J]. Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management, 2009, 17(4): 303-13.
LU X, SUN L, FU S, et al. Understanding China’s National Emergency Management System [M]//JING Y, HAN J-S, OGAWA K. Risk Management in East Asia: Systems and Frontier Issues. Singapore; Springer Singapore. 2021: 15-35.
XU P, LU X, ZUO K, Zhang H. Post-Wenchuan Earthquake Reconstruction and Development in China [M]//KAPUCU N, LIOU K T. Disaster & Development: Examining Global Issues and Cases. New York, NY; Springer. 2014: 427-46.
LU X, FU S, ZHU X, XUE L. Joint Crisis Sensemaking: A Review and Research Agenda, Bulletin of National Natural Science Foundation of China, 2020, 34(6): 693-702
LU X, GAO N, ZHU X. Behavioral Insights and Public Management Practices: Progress and Implications, Chinese Public Administration, 2020, (8): 187-195
LU X, ZHU X, A Tentative Answer to Waldo’s Concerns of Public Administration’s Crisis of Identity: Future Prospects and Remained Challenges of Public Crisis Management Research [J]. Chinese Public Administration and Policy Review, 2019, (4): 54-64.
LU X, ZHU X, XU H. China's Crisis Research under the Perspective of Public Administration: Patterns, Trends and Future Directions [J]. Journal of Public Administration, 2019, 1): 169-96.
LI X, LU X, XU H, et al. A Systematic Review of Foreign Experimental Studies in Public Administration [J]. China Public Administration Review, 2017, 2: 16-34
LU X, Stepan M. Lessons Learned from Civil Society Organizations’ Participation in Public Service Delivery in Germany: Findings from the Social Policy Field [J]. Chinese Public Administration, 2016,10：140-144
LU X , XU H. A Helicopter Review of European Crisis Academic Community's Progress and Challenges [J]. Journal of Risk, Disaster & Crisis Research,2016, 2：28-51.
LU X, ZHANG H, and ZHONG, K. Crisis Research in China under the Perspective of Public Administration: Past Patterns, Current Trends and Future Directions [J]. Chinese Journal of Public Management (03):112-121+128.
Recent Conference Papers
2018.10 Symposium on methodologies toward a new era of public administration: diversity and advancement “Future Prospects for Video Methods in Public Administration Research”, Renmin University of China, Beijing
2018.07 the 34th EGOS Colloquium “Exploring the synthesis of different modalities in measuring operators’ behavior at an emergency call center in China” Tallinn, Estonia
National Science Foundation Project, “Rapid risk assessment, decision support and response mechanism of public health emergencies” (72042012), Principal Investigator, 2020-2021
Ministry of Emergency Management Grant, “A study on the institution and mechanism of emergency logistics”, Principal Investigator, 2020
Major Policy Theory and Practice Issues Research Grant of China Earthquake Administration, “Optimizing Earthquake Quick Report and the Distribution of Early Warning Information: A Multimodal Perspective” (CEAZY2019JZ19), Principal Investigator, 2019.
Postgraduate Teaching Reform Project of Tsinghua University, “Exploring Scenario Simulation Teaching at the MPA Program Based on Multimodal Analysis” (201803J015), Principal Investigator, 2018-2019.
National Science Foundation Project, “A study on Inter-Organizational Joint Crisis Sensemaking Behavior Model and its Optimization” (71774098), Principal Investigator, 2018-2021
Ministry of Education, Youth Project of Humanities and Social Sciences, “Situation Awareness Behavior at Local Emergency Call Centers”, Principal Investigator, 2017 - 2019.
Beijing Social Science Foundation, “Study on the Inter-regional Emergency Management Response Mechanism of Hebei, Tianjin and Beijing”, Principal Investigator, 2016-2017.
Tsinghua University Initiative Scientific Research Program, “Exploring the Mechanism of Joint Situation Awareness in Crises: a Sensemaking Perspective”, Principal Investigator, 2015-2018.