Kristoffer B. Berse


Dr. Kristoffer B. Berse is Assistant Professor of Public Administration, teaching courses in methods of policy analysis, public policy and program administration, disasters and climate change, and office and systems management among others. His specializations include public policy analysis, policy mobilities, disaster risk governance, disaster risk perception, sustainable urban development, decentralized development cooperation, network analysis, and network governance.

He has a multi-disciplinary background in urban engineering (PhD, University of Tokyo), environmental studies (MES, University of Tokyo) and public administration (BA, University of the Philippines). Kris teaches mostly public policy courses at both undergraduate and graduate levels, including a special course on disasters and climate change.

Outside of teaching and research, he serves as a consultant for government, civil society and international development organizations in areas broadly crisscrossing the intersections of sustainable urban development, public policy, and disaster risk governance. His clients include the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Asia Foundation, and Save the Children, to name a few.

Among his recent academic publications are:  “From Yokohama with love: Transferring best practices through international municipal cooperation” (in Y. Nishimura & C. Dimmer, eds., Planning for Sustainable Asian Cities, APSA 2011 Selected Papers, 2012) and Building local government resilience through city-to-city cooperation” (in R. Shaw & A. Sharma, eds., Climate and Disaster Resilience in Cities,  Emerald, 2011). Kris also writes for Rappler as one its Thought Leaders in the area of disaster risk governance and climate change adaptation.


  • Ph.D. Urban Engineering, University of Tokyo, Japan
  • Master of Environmental Studies, University of Tokyo, Japan
  • B.A. Public Administration, University of the Philippines


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