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Iris Geva-May, PhD
Professor of Policy Studies
Founder of the JCPA
and the ICPA-Forum

Iris Geva-May

Iris Geva-May is the Founding Editor of the academic journal “Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis” and the Founding President of the International Comparative Policy Analysis Forum scholarly society. Her work focuses on policy analysis and its support of evidence based policy making. She is a pioneer of the distinct comparative policy domain of study and a Professor Emerita, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC Canada


PhD University of Manchester, UK
Post Doc, UC Berkeley, US

Scholarly Projects

Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis
International Comparative Policy Analysis Forum scholarly society

Areas of Expertise and Research Interest:

Comparative Policy Studies; Policy Analysis Methodology; Policy and Program Evaluation; Cultural Theory relevance to public policy; Policy Design and Formulation; Policy Implementation; Comparative Public Policy/Public Affairs/Public Administration Instruction and Program Design in various countries. Policy Fields: Immigration, Environment, Healthcare, Higher Education.

Recent Publications:

“Two Decades of Comparative Policy Analysis” Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis, Vol.19(5);

Public Affairs Programs as Pipeline for Advancing Underserved Populations in Public Service, Journal of Public Affairs Education, Vol.19. Journal of Public Affairs Education(4);

International Library of Policy Analysis, Policy Press, UK seven-year comparative series (with Howlett);“Routledge Handbook of Comparative Policy Analysis”, (with Brans, Howlett)

“Thinking Like a Policy Analyst: Policy Analysis as a Clinical Profession”, Palgrave/Macmillan, NY

“An Operational Approach to Policy Analysis”, (with ), , London; Wunan Pbl., Taiwan (Chinese Translation);


“Foundations of Policy Analysis Methodology”

“Handbook of Comparative Public Policy” (with Brans, Pattyn)

“Comparative Policy Analysis: Classic Contributions” (with Peters, Muhleison)

Recent Awards, Fellowships, Honors:

Fulbright Senior Scholars Fellowship, 1995;
Enrichment Program (Canadian “Fulbright”), 1995, 1997, 2000;
British Council Award, 1999-83;
Fiocruz Foundation, Brazil 2003;
Japanese Government, 2000;
Canadian Studies, Jerusalem 2004;
Best Article Award, JPAE, NASPAA, 2014.


Inclusion in Reuters Thomson World Who’s Who for “mark on international comparative policy studies”, 2008. PI in numerous research grants including Ford Foundation/ CUNY 2007-10; Standard SSHRC (Science and Humanities Research Council equal to NSF) 2006-10; SSHRC Publication Grant 2012-14, 2016-18.

International Positions:

Tenured Full Professor of Policy Studies, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada since 2001; Haifa University, Israel 1994-2002; Visiting Professor: MSPIA, Baruch College of City University of New York 2014-17; Plymouth University UK 2000-06. Hebrew University, Jerusalem 2004; Tel Aviv University 2000; Kyoto University, Japan 2000; National University of Singapore 1999; Central European University, Budapest 1999;Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada 1997, 1998; UC Berkeley 1993, 1995.

Recent Service:

International Associate Editor Journal of Public Affairs Education, NASPAA;Editorial board member: International Journal of Public Management; International Public Management Review; Public Policy Review. Member of International Committee, NASPAA; Executive Council Member: IPPA; Executive Council Member: IPSA R30.

Simon Fraser University