Dr Paul Joyce

Dr Paul Joyce

School of Government

Contact details

Muirhead Tower
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Paul Joyce is an Associate at INLOGOV, University of Birmingham: a Visiting Professor in Public Management at Leeds Beckett University, and Publications Director of the International Institute of Administrative Sciences (IIAS) which is headquartered in Brussels, Belgium. He has a PhD from London School of Economics and Political Science


  • Doctor of Philosophy (Economics Faculty): The London School of Economics and Political Science, London 1983
  • Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy 2007


MPA Strategic Management module.


Research interests 

Paul's field of research is public management.  He is currently researching and writing about the nature and effects of strategic management processes and capabilities in governments in Europe and elsewhere in the world.

Current project

In 2022 Paul is surveying both civil servants who have studied on a master’s programme and their line managers to assess the impact of the programme, including the transfer of learning to their work as civil servants. Some of the key factors of the study are the competence requirements of the jobs and the facilitation role of line managers. This study will be the basis of an academic output. 


Joyce, P. (2021) Public Governance, Agility, and Pandemics: A Case Study of the UK Response to COVID-19. International Review of Administrative Sciences. January 2021. DOI: 10.1177/0020852320983406

George B, Drumaux A, Joyce P, and Longo F (2020) Editorial: Strategic Planning that works – evidence from the European public sector. Public Money & Management. March, 40(4): 255-259. DOI: 10.1080/09540962.2020.1728055 

Anne Drumaux & Paul Joyce (2020) New development: Implementing and evaluating government strategic plans—the Europe 2020 Strategy, Public Money & Management 40(4), 294-298. DOI: 10.1080/09540962.2020.1722395

Paul Joyce (2022) Strategic Management and Public Governance: Strategy Execution in the Public Sector. (Routledge Critical Studies in Public Management.) New York: Routledge 

Anne Drumaux and Paul Joyce (2018) Strategic Management for Public Governance in Europe. Palgrave Macmillan. (ISBN 978-1-137-54763-7) 

Paul Joyce and Turki Al Rasheed (2017) Public Governance and Strategic Management Capabilities: Public Governance in the Gulf States (Routledge Critical Studies in Public Management), New York, Routledge.

Paul Joyce (2017) Strategic Leadership in the Public Sector (2nd edition). London and New York, Routledge.

Joyce P, Maron F, and Reddy PS (editors, 2020) Good Public Governance in a Global Pandemic. IIAS Public Governance Series. Brussels: IIAS-IISA. ISBN: 978-2-931003-0202

Joyce, P. (2020) Governing for the Future: Means, Ends and Disconnects. In: Geert Bouckaert and Werner Jann (editors). European Perspectives for Public Administration. Leuven: Leuven University Press. 

Drumaux, A. and Joyce, P. (2019) Strategic Management in Government: Looking Backward, Looking Forward. In: E. Ongaro (editor) Public Administration in Europe. Palgrave Macmillan. (Governance and Public Management Series) 

Drumaux, A. and Joyce, P. (2018) Leadership in Europe’s Public Sector. In: E. Ongaro and S. van Thiel (editors) The Palgrave Handbook of Public Administration and Public Management in Europe. Palgrave.