Curriculum Vitae

Before coming to Oxford in 2001 Christopher held chairs at the London School of Economics (he was head of the Government Department there from 1995 to 1998) and the University of Sydney, NSW, and he has also worked at the universities of Glasgow, York, Bielefeld, the National University of Singapore and the City University of Hong Kong. See below for further details.


BA (First Class) in Social Sciences (Politics) University of York 1968

B.Litt. University of Glasgow 1971

D.Litt. University of York 1987


ESRC Professorial Fellowship, 2011-2015

Gladstone Professor of Government and Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford University, 2001-2014, Emeritus 2014-present

Director, ESRC Research Programme, 'Public Services: Quality, Performance, Delivery', 2004-2010

Professor of Public Administration and Public Policy, LSE, 1989-2000

Professor of Government and Public Administration, Sydney University 1986-89

Senior Teaching Fellow, Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore 1984-85

Lecturer, Department of Politics, University of Glasgow, 1972-77 and 1979-86

Research Fellow, SSRC Machinery of Government Project, University of York (Institute of Social and Economic Research) 1977-79

Awards and Honours 

Awarded doctoral degree honoris causa, Erasmus University of Rotterdam, 2017
Appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) 2011 for services to social science

2011 William E. Mosher and the Frederick C. Mosher Award for his article Can We? Administrative Limits Revisited by The American Society for Public Administration (ASPA)

Routledge Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Public Management, 2010, from the International Research Society for Public Management

Guest of honour at the 2010 High Table at The Center for Public Administration and Policy at VirginiaTech on March 26-27, 2010 in Blacksburg, Virginia. Details and photos can be found here

Elected Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration (United States) 2010

June Pallot Award for Best Article in the International Public Management Journal 2008, for "Rating the Rankings: Assessing International Rankings of Public Service Performance" (with Ruth Dixon and Craig Beeston)

Elected fellow of the Sunningdale Institute, 2007

Awarded Public Management Research Association's H. George Frederickson Award for Career Contributions to Public Management Research, 2007

Centennial Visiting Professor, London School of Economics, 2001-03

Elected Academician, Academy of Learned Societies in the Social Sciences 2001

Honorary Professor, School of Public Policy, University of Birmingham, 1995-2000

Elected Fellow of the British Academy, 1996

Visiting Positions 

Visiting Professor, Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford, 2015-2018

Visiting Professor, London School of Government and Political Science, 2010-11

Visiting Professor, Department of Public and Social Administration, City University of Hong Kong 1999-2000

D.N. Chester Senior Research Fellow, Nuffield College, Oxford, Trinity Term 1995

Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship, January-March 1995, project on regulation of public bureaucracies by other bureaucracies (spent at the Humboldt University, Berlin and University of Copenhagen)

Simon Senior Research Fellow, University of Manchester, autumn term 1994

Visiting Research Fellow, Project on "Staatsaufgaben" Zentrum für interdisziplinäre Forschung, University of Bielefeld, 1989

Visiting Research Fellow, Project on "Steuerung und Erfolgskontrolle im öffentlichen Sektor" Zentrum für interdisziplinäre Forschung, University of Bielefeld, Mar-Aug 1982

Public Service

Member of the UK Government Office of Science Review of the Analytical Capacity of HM Treasury since 2012

Member of the Louis Brownlow Book Award Committee since 2010 (National Academy of Public Adminstration) since 2010

Council member of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics from 2008-2010 when chairing the Working Party on Medical Profiling and Online Medicine whose report was published in 2010

Member of the Events and Prizes Committee British Academy since 2008

Expert Advisor to The Crerar Review: The Report of the Independent Review of Regulation, Audit, Inspection and Complaints Handling of Public Services in Scotland, 2007