Dr Thomas Elston is Associate Professor in Public Administration at the Blavatnik School of Government. Previously, he was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow, and a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, also at the School. He completed his BA at the University of Durham, and his MPA and PhD at the University of Nottingham.
Thomas’s research focuses on the organisation and management of the public sector, particularly the performance of public agencies, the administration of complex organisations, and the political-administrative interface. His work draws heavily on organization sociology. Currently, Thomas is evaluating the potential for interorganisational collaboration (so-called 'shared services') to increase productive efficiency in decentralised public service providers.
At the School, Thomas teaches courses on politics and public management, and is chair of the School’s Research Ethics Committee. He regularly consults for a number of public agencies and NGOs in Europe, the US and elsewhere.