Dr Elke Loeffler

Senior Lecturer

Work, Employment and Organisation

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 25 articles in peer-reviewed international journals, 6 books, 50 book chapters as well as numerous 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 7500 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 Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and Co-Chair of the EGPA (European Group of Public Administration) Study Group on Citizen Participation. In 2022 Elke was appointed as Visiting Professor at the University of Tor Vergata in Rome.


Has expertise in:

    • 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

Prizes and awards

Member of the Steering Group of the European Group of Public Administration
Teaching Excellence Award Nomination
Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)
Teaching Excellence Award Nomination
Teaching Excellence Award Nomination

More prizes and awards


Co-production : theoretical roots and conceptual frameworks
Bovaird Tony, Loeffler Elke
Handbook on Theories of Governance (2022) (2022)
International survey evidence on user and community co-delivery of prevention activities relevant to public services and outcomes
Bovaird Tony, Loeffler Elke, Yates Sophie, Van Ryzin Gregg, Alford John
Public Management Review, pp. 1-23 (2021)
Communities co-producing new solutions to meet Covid-19 challenges through a hackathon in Germany
Loeffler Elke, Masiga Claudia
Covid-19 and Co-Production in Health and Social Care Research Volume 2: Co-production Methods and Working Together at a Distance (2021) (2021)
Comparing user and community co-production approaches in local 'welfare' and 'law and order' services : does the governance mode matter?
Loeffler Elke, Timm-Arnold Peter
Public Policy and Administration Vol 36, pp. 115-137 (2021)
Co-Production of Public Services and Outcomes
Loeffler Elke
The Palgrave Handbook of Co-Production of Public Services and Outcomes
Loeffler Elke, Bovaird Tony

More publications


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). 

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. 

Professional activities

Developing quality standards for service delivery: Assessment Report for the Republic of Serbia
Invited speaker
EGPA Citizen Participation Clinic
SBS KTP Clinics
EGPA Citizen Participation Clinic
Co-production and networks for disadvantaged groups: lessons from international case studies
Public service standards: Good practice in the Netherlands

More professional activities


NPI Dignity & Respect
Lindsay, Colin (Principal Investigator) Findlay, Patricia (Co-investigator) Loeffler, Elke (Co-investigator) STEWART, Robert (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 27-Jan-2020
The PROPEL Hub - Productivity Outcomes of workplace Practice, Engagement and Learning
Roy, Graeme (Principal Investigator) Findlay, Patricia (Co-investigator) Lindsay, Colin (Co-investigator) Loeffler, Elke (Co-investigator) Shaw, Eleanor (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 31-Jan-2023

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Work, Employment and Organisation
Duncan Wing

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