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Elke Loeffler


  • United Kingdom

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Personal Statement

Dr. Elke Loeffler (Diplomvolkswirtin, M.A. Political Science, M.A. Economics, Ph.D) has delivered research, executive training and teaching on public management and governance issues in over 30 countries and has worked with many governments, public service organisations and international organisations.

She has published 24 articles in peer-reviewed international journals, 6 books and many book chapters as well as policy reports. She is the co-editor of the textbook Public Management and Governance (Routledge), now in its third edition. Her published work has over 5500 citations on Google Scholar

Before joining academia, she worked at the OECD as a policy analyst and was CEO of the non-profit organisation Governance International.

She serves on the Editorial Board of the journals: International Review of Administrative Sciences, Public Money and Management, der moderne staat and the International Public Management Review.

She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and Co-Chair of the EGPA (European Group of Public Administration) Study Group on Citizen Participation.

Teaching Interests

Dr. Elke Loeffler teaches public management and governance at the undergraduate and postgraduate level and has extensive experience in executive training in the UK and internationally. She is co-editor of the textbook Public Management and Governance (now in its third edition).

At Strathclyde University she also contributes to undergraduate modules such as BA (Year 4 Honours UG) (Human Resource Management). 

Expertise & Capabilities

  • Skill development for user and community co-production of public services and outcomes
  • Public leadership for social innovation
  • Outcome-based commissioning and strategic management in public services
  • Public governance and public policy
  • Training and development in public services

Research Interests

My main research interests focus on user and community co-production of public services and outcomes, citizen participation, public management and public governance issues such as outcome-based commissioning, HR, performance and quality management. I’m also very interested in public leadership and the use of digital technologies in the context of social innovation. 

I have led international and national research projects commissioned by the OECD, the EU Presidency, the Bertelsmann Foundation and many public agencies in the UK.   

My research has been published in international peer-reviewed journals such as International Public Management Journal, Public Management Review, the International Review of Administrative Sciences and Public Money and Management. I have presented my research in many international conferences, where I have also delivered keynote addresses. I am a member of the editorial boards of the International Review of Administrative Sciences and Public Money and Management and I also act as an advisory board member in many public agencies in the UK and internationally. 

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Public Management, German University of Administrative Sciences

Master of Political Science, University of Tübingen

Master of Economics, University of Tübingen

Master of Economics, Washington University, St Louis

External positions

Member of the Democracy Commission in Newham, London Borough of Newham

1 Nov 2019 → …

Advisory Board Member, Joint Research Centre of the European Commission (Project: Exploring Digital Government Transformation)


Editorial board member, Public Money and Management (Journal)

2019 → …

Advisory Board Member, EU Project SCOOP4C "Stakeholder community for once-only principle: Reducing administrative burdens for citizens

2016 → …

Advisory Board Member, The Centre for Public Scrutiny

2015 → …

Advisory Board Member, EU Project "Learning from Innovation in Public Sector Environments" (LIPSE)


Editorial board member, International Review of Administrative Sciences (Journal)

2013 → …

Academic Expert, Advisory Board of the Guardian Public Leaders Network


Editorial board member, der moderne staat (Journal)

2007 → …

Non-Executive Director, Governance International

2002 → …

Editorial board member, International Public Management Review

2002 → …

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Research Output

Assessing the impact of co-production on pathways to outcomes in public services: the case of policing and criminal justice

Loeffler, E. & Bovaird, T., 3 Mar 2020, In : International Public Management Journal. 23, 2, p. 205-223 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    Open Access
  • 1 Downloads (Pure)


    Launch Event of the Report of the Newham Democracy & Civic Participation Commission

    Elke Loeffler (Speaker)
    6 Jul 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    Can democratic renewal help us ‘build back better’ from the COVID-19 crisis? Key recommendations from the Newham Democracy and Civic Participation Commission

    Elke Loeffler (Blogger)
    31 Jul 2020

    Activity: Other activity typesTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Media article or participation