Tony Bovaird

Professor of Public Management and Policy

Tony is professor of Public Management and Policy at the University of Birmingham, and works on the Third Sector Research Centre’s service delivery stream. He is a member of the Institute of Local Government Studies (INLOGOV) in the School of Government and Society within the University of Birmingham.

Tony led TSRC’s contribution to the evaluation of the ChangeUp programme, commissioned by Capacitybuilders. He works with a number of public and third sector agencies on radical new configurations of the English public services system to achieve better use of resources, more democratic decision-making and improved local governance. He is a member of the Demos/University of Birmingham Policy Commission on the Big Society.


Tony worked in the UK Civil Service (DoE), Birmingham University (IEBS and INLOGOV), Aston Business School and Bristol Business School (UWE) before moving to back to the University of Birmingham in 2006. His research interests cover strategic management and marketing of public and third sector services, performance measurement in public and third sector agencies, policy evaluation and the assessment of public governance initiatives.

He has undertaken research projects for ESRC, the European Commission, UK government departments, the Local Government Improvement and Development Agency, the Audit Commission, NAO, and many other public bodies in the UK and internationally. In 2008, he led the UK contribution to a major research project for the EU Presidency into user and community co-production of public services in five EU member states, including the UK. He recently led a series of evaluation case studies of the Civil Service Reform Program, commissioned by the Cabinet Office.


  • B.Sc. (Econ.) Hons (2.1)
  • MA Regional Economics and Planning, University of Lancaster