Dr Dan Hart

Department of Management
Assistant Professor

Contact details

Birmingham Business School
University House
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT


  • Management (Leadership) and Engineering (Water)
  • PhD in Management, University of Birmingham, 2015
  • MSc in Mechanical Engineering, Tel Aviv University, 1987
  • BSc in Mechanical Engineering, Tel Aviv University, 1984


Dr Dan Hart is a researcher, social entrepreneur and a businessman. Soon after graduation as Mechanical Engineer (MSc) he founded and managed for 15 years a software company specialising in engineering applications for the water industry. In 2004 he developed and later implemented an urban renewal model aimed at improving the living conditions in underprivileged neighbourhoods, and changing the mindset of individuals from dependency/deficiency to success.  In 2010 he embarked on a PhD looking into the career perceptions and experiences of State Ambassadors. Since then he has been teaching leadership in MBA, postgraduate and undergraduate programmes.

Dr Hart is the UK representative to UNESCO around MAWAC (Megacities Alliance for Water and Climate).


  • Director - MSc program - Leadership and Management
  • Module leader & Lecturer – MBA – Responsible leadership
  • Module design & Lecturer – MSc – Leadership development
  • Module leader – BSc – Widening Business Horizons
  • Lecturer – Fundamentals of leadership
  • Mentor – MBA – Developing leadership practice

Postgraduate supervision

  • Leadership


Research interests

  • Leadership
  • Careers
  • Diplomacy
  • Water sciences

Other activities

  • UK representative to UNESCO around MAWAC (Megacities Alliance of Water and Climate)
  • Honorary Chair – The Infusion Project – Improving the living conditions in underprivileged neighbourhoods, and changing the mindset of individuals from dependency/deficiency to success.


Recent publications


Hart, R, Hart, D & Rapp, PE (ed.) 2023, 'Examining the Pro-Self and Prosocial Components of a Calling Outlook: A Critical Review', Behavioral Sciences, vol. 13, no. 8, 684. https://doi.org/10.3390/bs13080684

Siniver, A & Hart, D 2021, 'The Meaning of Diplomacy', International Negotiation: a journal of theory and practice, vol. 26, no. 2, pp. 159-183. https://doi.org/10.1163/15718069-BJA10003

Nicholds, A, Gibney, J, Mabey, C & Hart, D 2017, 'Making sense of variety in place leadership: the case of England’s smart cities', Regional Studies, vol. 51, no. 2, pp. 249-259. https://doi.org/10.1080/00343404.2016.1232482


Gibney, J, Hart, D, Mabey, C & Nicholds, A 2014, 'Smart Leadership for Smart Cities: Leadership Foundations for Smart City Practitioners', pp. 1-2.

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