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Position: Professor of Public Management and Behavior at Utrecht University

Lars Tummers is Professor of Public Management and Behavior at Utrecht University, School of Governance. For the full academic year 2013-2014, he worked and lived in Berkeley and was a Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley. Previously, he worked at Erasmus University Rotterdam and at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). He is Transparency Editor for the Journal of Behavioral Public Administration, a premier open access journal connecting behavioral science with public administration.

He received various prestigious grants and awards for his research. For instance, he was awarded the ‘Research Prize’, a university-wide prize awarded once a year for ​​a young researcher with exceptional research achievements. Next to this, he received a Marie Curie Fellowship from the European Commission and a NWO VENI from the Dutch National Science Foundation (NWO).

In his PhD (which he received with honors / cum laude), he developed a new model of ‘policy alienation’ to examine the problems of professionals with implementing policies set by government. The dissertation was nominated for, and won the Award for outstanding PhD-thesis in humanities and social sciences (Praemium Erasmianum Foundation, endorsed by His Majesty the King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands). The dissertation laid the foundations of his book “Policy Alienation and the Power of Professionals” (Edward Elgar, 2013) and has its own wikipedia page.

Research focus: Public management and behavior

His research focuses on public management and behavior. He specialises in a) leadership and b) behavioral public administration. He is one of the originators of the field of ‘Behavioral Public Administration‘, which combines insights from psychology and public administration. See also publications. His work has been published in the top tier of public administration journals, such as Public Administration, Public Administration Review, the Journal of Public Administration, Research & Theory and Public Management Review. Furthermore, he has publishing in related fields, such as Health Policy, Healthcare Management Review and Frontiers in Psychology.

Published work on leadership concerns for instance leadership and meaningful work in the public sector and leadership and turnover in healthcare. Published work on behavioral public administration considers among else policy alienation of public professionals  and role conflicts during policy implementation.

Next to his scholarly work, he works regularly with practitioners, among else with PwCStichting IZZActiZ and the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. This combination allows him to combine theoretical with practical insights, strengthening both his academic and applied work.

Research methods: Quantitative techniques (surveys, experiments)

Lars is specialized in quantitative techniques, although he also acknowledges and uses qualitative techniques. He has ample knowledge of experiments, survey design, regression analysis, SEM and CFA (using SPSS and Mplus). Furthermore, he helps to develop large scale quantitative benchmarks, for instance on employee satisfaction, employee motivation and employee vitality. Next to this, he is interested in experiments that help solve societal issues, such as regarding coproduction, work pressure and safety at work and red tape.

Awards and grants



  • EU FP7 Marie Curie Fellowship on stress and coping of public service workers (€180.000) (COPING)
  • EU FP7 Project on social innovation in the public sector (€2.5 Mln) (LIPSE)
  • NWO Veni Grant on citizen aggression and coping (€ 250.000) (Veni)
  • NWO Research Talent Grant on service sabotage (€ 250.000) (Sabotage)



Prof. dr. Lars Tummers
Utrecht School of Governance
Bijlhouwersstraat 6
3511 ZC Utrecht

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