I am an Associate Professor in Public Management in the School of Public Policy at the University College London (UCL); I joined UCL in 2015. I study how governments manage public servants, drawing on data from original surveys, interviews and field experiments with public servants.
My work has been published in the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Public Administration Review, Public Administration, Governance, Regulation & Governance, Comparative Political Studies, the European Journal of Political Research, the World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank and several national governments, and has won the Haldane Prize for the best article published in Public Administration in 2017. My latest book is ‘Motivating Public Employees’ (forthcoming in Cambridge University Press’ Elements Series), co-authored with Marc Esteve.
My current projects examine the effects of management practices on the attitudes and behaviors of public servants – from their work motivation to their integrity, politicization and public service motivation, to name a few. In 2016-2018, I co-led (with Jan Meyer-Sahling) a £400,000 British Academy – UK Department for International Development (DFID)-funded research project on making civil services work in developing countries. With collaborators, we conducted the largest comparative survey of public servants in the developing world to-date, with surveys of central government employees in ten countries in Latin America, Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe. In 2019-2020, I co-lead (with Jan Meyer-Sahling and Kim Sass Mikkelsen) a £350,000 Global Integrity – UK Department for International Development (DFID)-funded multi-country field experiment on the effects of ethics trainings of public servants.
Previously, I was a Visiting Scholar at Sciences Po, the LSE Fellow in Political Science and Public Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), a Visiting Research Scholar in the Research Department of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and an Economist with the World Bank. I also recurrently consult for the IDB and World Bank. I received my PhD in Government from the LSE. My PhD was co-supervised by Edward Page (LSE) and Francisco Panizza (LSE), and examined by Merilee Grindle (Harvard) and Martin Lodge (LSE). My M.A. is from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University, and my B.Sc. from the European School of Business (ESB).