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 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.


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


Assessing the impact of co-production on pathways to outcomes in public services : the case of policing and criminal justice
Loeffler Elke, Bovaird Tony
International Public Management Journal Vol 23, pp. 205-223 (2020)
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 (2020)
Löffler Elke
Handbuch zur Verwaltungsreform (2019) (2019)
Outcome-based commissioning : four pathways to achieving public value
Bovaird Tony, Loeffler Elke
Collaboration in Public Service Delivery (2019) (2019)
How far have we come with co-production-and what's next?
Bovaird Tony, Flemig Sophie, Loeffler Elke, Osborne Stephen P
Public Money and Management Vol 39, pp. 229-232 (2019)
Co-commissioning of public services and outcomes in the UK : bringing co-production into the strategic commissioning cycle
Loeffler Elke, Bovaird Tony
Public Money and Management Vol 39, pp. 241-252 (2019)

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

Briefing on the recommendations of the Newham Democracy Civic Participation Commission
Invited speaker
User and community co-production for better health and employability
Invited speaker
Can democratic renewal help us ‘build back better’ from the COVID-19 crisis? Key recommendations from the Newham Democracy and Civic Participation Commission
Senior Advisoary Board Meeting of THIS.Institute
Shaping Digital Government Transformation in the EU
Invited speaker
Launch Event of the Report of the Newham Democracy & Civic Participation Commission
Invited speaker

More professional activities


Work, Employment and Organisation
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