Iris Geva-May is Founding Editor-in-chief of the Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis: Research and Practice (JCPA), Routledge, Oxford, UK (1997-to date) and Founding President of the International Comparative Policy Analysis-Forum Scholarly Society http://www.jcpa.ca (2004-to date). She has been a tenured Full Professor of Policy Studies at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada since 2001, and previously at Haifa University, Israel 1994-2002. She has been a visiting professor at several international Graduate Public Policy Schools: UC Berkeley 1993, 1995; Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada 1997, 1998; National University of Singapore 1999; Central European University, Budapest 1999; Kyoto University, Japan 2000; Tel Aviv University 2000; Hebrew University, Jerusalem 2004; Honorary Professor Plymouth University UK 2000-2006; Rangel Center for Public Service, CUNY and Ford Foundation 2007-2010; MSPIA, Baruch College at the City University of New York 2014-2017.
The focus of her research is comparative: (a) policy analysis and evaluation; (b) developments and trends in policy programs worldwide; (c) impact of political cultures on policy analysis and policy planning; (d) clinical reasoning in policy analysis as a profession; (e) implementation models; (f) policy studies focus: environment, immigration, higher education, healthcare.
Her PhD is from the University of Manchester, UK, 1986. She undertook Post-doctoral research at UC Berkeley, Graduate School of Public Policy, with Aaron Wildavsky. She served as Director of the Department of Policy Evaluation, Analysis and Planning, Ministry of Education; Advisor in policy analysis and planning to the Ministry of Immigrant Absorption, Ministry of Science and Technology, and the Government Commission - Prime Minister's Office, Jerusalem; and others. She served as advisor for the planning of several Programs of Public Policy in several countries.
She is recipient of the Fulbright Senior Scholars Fellowship 1995; Canadian Enrichment Program (Canadian "Fulbright") 1995, 1997, 2000; British Council Award 1999 and 1983; ORS Excellence in PhD research 1984 and Hornby Award UK, 1985; she was Fiocruz Foundation Fellow, Brazil 2003; Japanese Government Fellow 2000, Canadian Studies Halbert Fellow, Jerusalem 2004. She was honored by her inclusion in the Reuters Thomson World Who's Who for her "mark on international comparative policy studies."
She has been International Associate Editor of the Journal of Public Affairs Education (NASPAA); editorial board member of the International Journal of Public Management; International Public Management Review, Elsevier; Public Policy Review, Blackwell. She is a Member of the International Committee, of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs & Administration (NASPAA). She serves as Honorary Advisory Committee Member to an Oxford University-based European Economic and Social Research Council Grant. She has a wide number of funded research grants including Standard SSHRC (Canadian Science and Humanities Academy) 2006-2010; Ford Foundation 2007-2010; and a large number of articles in refereed journals, chapters in books, work-papers, several books, and talks and conference presentations.
Her recent books are: An International Library of Policy Analysis, Policy Press, UK - a seven-year comparative book series (with M. Howlett); Routledge Handbook of Comparative Policy Analysis (with M. Brans, M. Howlett); Thinking Like a Policy Analyst: Policy Analysis as a Clinical Profession, Palgrave Macmillan, New York: "a cutting edge book in policy analysis literature” (reviewer note); An Operational Approach to Policy Analysis: The Craft, (with A. Wildavsky) Kluwer and Wunan Publishers, Taiwan (for Chinese translation); Forthcoming are: Foundations of Policy Analysis Methodology; A Handbook of Comparative Public Policy, Edward Elgar (with Marleen Brans) and Comparative Policy Analysis: The Classic Contributions.