School of Business and Management

Public Management and Regulation


Public management is a rapidly growing and increasingly important field of inter-disciplinary research. It includes management in core executives in national governments, but ranges as widely as strategic management in international organisations, the management of public services down to local level whether run directly by public bodies or by private firms under contract, as well as regulatory activity. Research in this area has close links with public policy studies, political science, economics, information and project management and political history.

The cluster of researchers working on public management and regulation at Queen Mary was established in 2011. It brings together researchers with interests in every level of public management from the global through the continental to the national down to the local. Our distinctive signature is our focus on empirical work to examine explanatory theories in public management. The group works with the public policy researchers in the School of Politics and International Relations and has experience delivering executive education cources.

For further information, please contact Professor Martin Laffin.


Professor Perri 6 is Professor in Public Management and the School’s Director of Academic Strategy. His interests are in decision making and political judgment in the core executive. He is currently researching puzzles about how global regulatory institutions can survive and even thrive during periods of deep conflict.

Professor Colin Haslam is a Professor in Accounting/Finance with interests in financial reporting disclosures, the regulation of financial institutions and public sector outsourcing.

Dr Maria Koumenta is a Lecturer in Human Resource Management (HRM) with interests in public sector HRM and public service motivation theory.

Dr Stella Ladi is a Senior Lecturer in Public Management with interests in public policy and public administration reforms in light of the European Union. She is a Programme co-Director for the Masters in Public Administration (MPA).

Professor Martin Laffin is a Professor of Public Management with interests in local government, intergovernmental relations and UK devolution. He is a Programme co-Director for the Masters in Public Administration (MPA).

Professor Pedro Martins is a Professor of Applied Economics and the School’s Lead on Research Impact. His interests are in public policy on labour market issues. He is currently researching different policy options that may reduce employment volatility over the business cycle.

Dr Lutao Ning is a Reader in International Business. His research involves engagement with the State Council of China via the research centre of the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission (SASAC). 

Dr Panos Panagiotopoulos is a Senior Lecturer in Information Management with interests in digital government research. He is an associate editor for Government Information Quarterly and a Fellow of the Alan Turing Institute.

Dr Caterina Gennaioli is a Lecturer in Economics. As part of her research, she engages with policy makers on issues of environmental management, climate change and corruption.

Dr Min Yan is a Lecturer in Business Law with interests in the role of the regulation in changing corporate behaviour and managerial accountability.

Members of the cluster are committed to external engagement with academic and policy communities. These impact activities involve work with policy makers, collaborations with practitioners and professional services, as well as important outputs that help reach wider audiences.

Indicative activities by members of the cluster include the following:

  • Perri 6 was was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in 2013. He has carried out extensive research and consultancy as well as policy studies on fields as diverse as styles of political judgement is core executives, “joined up government”, client confidentiality and privacy, hospital reconfiguration, policy instruments for behaviour change and structures of public governance. He has provided consultancy advice to many UK departments of state, regulatory authorities such as the Office of the Information Commissioner and the OECD in Paris.
  • Colin Haslam has been an adviser to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)/World Resources Institute (WRI): Financial Institutions portfolio carbon initiative. He has also advised the European Financial Reporting Advisory Group (EFRAG) on their financial disclosures and business model financial reporting projects. He delivered presentations to the European Parliament on stress testing international financial reporting standards (IFRS) and a new business model governing financial reporting for SMEs. He is a fellow of the European Law Institute (ELI) and member of the ELI Business and Financial Law special interest group.
  • Maria Koumenta has been involved in various projects funded by the UK government and the European Commission on occupational regulation, pay and payment systems, skills and public sector labour market policy. She is currently working on the design of an EU-wide survey of occupational regulation.
  • Stella Ladi has made numerous media appearances on issues of public administration reforms across Europe, the Eurozone cricis and Greece as well as the Brexit. She recently co-authored the final report [PDF 1,796KB] on managing change for the public sector for the European Centre of Employers and Enterprises providing Public Services (CEEP), commissioned by the European Commission.
  • Martin Laffin was a member of the Business and Management Research Excellence Framework 2014 Sub-Panel. He has also served as the Chair of the Joint University Council Public Administration Committee in the UK and as a co-convenor of the European Group for Public Administration Standing Group on Local and Regional Government.
  • Pedro Martins was State Secretary for Employment in Portugal (2011-13) and advisor to the Greek government and the European Commission (2016). His research and policy work is focused on labour market topics, including (public) employment services and collective bargaining (website).  
  • Panos Panagiotopoulos is a member of the network of experts at the Better Regulation Executive (BEIS) and has collaborated with several central and local government organisations, including the Food Standards Agency, local authorities and DEFRA.