Department of Political Science


Dr Christian Schuster

Christian Schuster

Dr Christian Schuster

Associate Professor in Public Management & Head of Teaching

  • Room: 1.02, 31 Tavistock Sq.
  • Telephone: 0203 108 6935 (Extension: 56935)
  • Email: c.schuster@ucl.ac.uk

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Dr Christian Schuster is an Associate Professor in Public Management and Head of Teaching of the Department of Political Science. He joined UCL as a Lecturer in Public Management in 2015.  He has previously been the LSE Fellow in Political Science and Public Policy at the London School of Economics, a Visiting Scholar at Sciences Po, a Visiting Research Scholar at the Inter-American Development Bank and an Economist with the World Bank.

He received his PhD in Government from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

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Dr. Schuster’s research focuses on how governments manage public servants and how they can do so more effectively. His research is based on data from original surveys, elite interviews and field experiments with public servants.

His current projects examine the effects of management practices on the attitudes and behaviors of public servants – from their work motivation to their integrity and performance, to name a few. In 2016-2018, he co-led (with Jan Meyer-Sahling) a £400,000 British Academy – UK Department for International Development (DFID)-funded research project on making civil services work in developing countries. The project included the largest comparative survey of public servants in the developing world to-date, with surveys of central government employees in ten countries in Latin America, Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe. In 2019-2020, he co-leads (with Jan Meyer-Sahling and Kim Sass Mikkelsen) a £350,000 Global Integrity – UK Department for International Development (DFID)-funded multi-country field experiment on the effects of ethics trainings of public servants.

Dr. Schuster's work has been published in the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Public Administration Review, Public Administration, Governance, Regulation & Governance, Comparative Political Studies and the European Journal of Political Research, as well as with the World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank and several national governments. His research has won the 2018 Haldane Prize for the Best Paper Published in Public Administration. His latest book is ‘Motivating Public Employees’ (published with Cambridge University Press’ Elements Series), co-authored with Marc Esteve.

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Teaching and PhD Supervision

Dr. Schuster has taught MPA, EMPA and M.Sc. courses on public management and public policy at UCL, the LSE and Sciences Po. He has won a Departmental Award for Outstanding Teaching in the School of Public Policy and a UCL Education Award for Outstanding Contributions to Education at UCL.

His PhD supervision interest is in public management, with a preference for quantitative and mixed methods dissertations. He, in particular, welcomes research proposals from prospective PhD students in the areas of civil service management, transparency, ethics and (anti)corruption.

More details on his research, publications and teaching may be found at www.christianschuster.net.