I am an Associate Professor in Public Management in the School of Public Policy at the University College London; I joined UCL in 2015. In 2016-2017, I also co-led (with Jan Meyer-Sahling) a £400,000 British Academy – UK Department for International Development (DFID) research project on civil service reform and anti-corruption in developing countries. My work has been published in Comparative Political Studies, the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Governance, Regulation & Governance, the European Journal of Political Research, Public Administration Review, Public Administration, 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.
Most of my work draws on original surveys, field experiments, administrative data, case comparisons and elite interviews to explain key attitudes and behavior of public servants – from their work motivation to their integrity, politicization and public service orientation, to name a few – as well as the politics of bureaucratic reform. Within this agenda, I am particularly interested in civil service management and reform. Supported by a £400,000 British Academy-DFID grant, Jan Meyer-Sahling and myself conducted with collaborators the largest comparative survey of public servants in the developing world to-date, with surveys of central government employees fielded in Latin America, Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe.
Previously, I was a Visiting Scholar at Sciences Po (2016), the LSE Fellow in Political Science and Public Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) (2014-2015), a Visiting Research Scholar in the Research Department of the Inter-American Development Bank (2013-2014) and an Economist with the World Bank (2009-2011). 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).