Curriculum Vitae and Galery

From  1993 to 2015 Werner Jann held the chair of Political Science, Administration and Organization at the University of Potsdam. After his academic education and post-doc work at Universities in Berlin, Edinburgh, Speyer and Berkeley, he worked as Head of the 'Think-Tank Schleswig-Holstein' (Denkfabrik Schleswig-Holstein) in the Prime-Ministers Office of the Land Schleswig-Holstein in Kiel from 1989 - 1993. He was President of the European Group of Public Administration (EGPA) from 2001 to 2004, is Vice-Presdident of the International Institute of Administrative Sciences (IIAS) and has been a member of several national and international reform commissions (2002-2009 member of ' Committee of Experts on Public Administration' UN, New York).

Research Interests

  • Central Government Organization, Ministries and Agencies
  • Comparative Public Policy and Administration
  • Public Sector Organization and Modernization
  • Institutional and Administrative Policies
  • Public Governance and Better Regulation
  • Public Administration and Public Policy-Education and Training
  • Disasters and Crisis Management

Academic Training

  • 1970 - 1976 Political Science, Economics and Mathematics, FU Berlin and University of Edinburgh, Degree ("Diplom") in Political Science
  • 1982 PhD in Political Science and Public Administration (Dr. rer. publ.), Deutsche Hochschule für Verwaltungswissenschaften Speyer (summa cum laude)
  • 1989 Habilitation in Political Science and Public Administration, Deutsche Hochschule für Verwaltungswissenschaft Speyer

Professional Experience

  • since 2005     Senior Professor for Political Science, Administration and Organization, UP
  • 1993 - 2015   Chair for Political Science, Administration and Organization, UP
  • 1989 - 1993   Civil Servant, Leader "Denkfabrik", Staatskanzlei Schleswig-Holstein, Kiel
  • 1985 - 1989   Associate Professor, German University for Public Administration, Speyer
  • 1984 - 1985   Research Fellow (DFG), University of California, Berkley, USA
  • 1983 - 1984   Congressional Fellow, US-Congress, Washington D.C., USA
  • 1976 - 1983   Research Fellow, German University for Public Administration, Speyer

Cooperation with international institutions

  • 2002 - 2009 Member "Committee of Experts on Public Administration" (CEPA), United Nations, New York
  • 2001 - 2004 President, European Group of Public Administration (EGPA), Brussels
  • 2007 - 2016 Vice-President, International Institute of Administrative Sciences (IIAS), Brussels
  • 2012 Visiting Professor, School of Government, Victoria University Wellington, NZ
  • 2012 - 2016 Adjunct Professor, Department of Administration and Organization Theory, University of Bergen, Norway
  • 2015 Visiting Professor, Graduate School of Public Administration, National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA), Bangkok, Thailand
  • 2018 Visiting Professor, Graduate School of Public Management, Waseda University, Tokio, Japan

Editorial Activities

  • Editorial Board "Public Administration" (Blackwell, Oxford)
  • Editorial Board "Scandinavian Political Studies" (Blackwell, Oxford)
  • Editorial Board "Public Policy and Administration" (Sage, London etc.)
  • Co-Editor "der moderne staat" dms (Budrich, Leverkusen)
  • Co-Editor "Neue Staatswissenschaften" (Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen)


  • Preis des Deutschen Bundestages für wissenschaftliche und publizistischen Nachwuchs für die Habilitation für Politik- und Verwaltungswissenschaft, 1990
  • For awarded major research grants see next section

Principal Investigator in Third-Party Funded Research Activities

Professional Service (Potsdam University)

  • 1995 - 1997 Dean, Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences, UP
  • 2006 - 2014 Director, Potsdam Centre of Policy and Management (PCPM)
  • 2007 - 2012 Member of Senate, UP
  • 2010 - 2012 President of Senate, UP
  • 2009 - 2014 Chairman Profile Area 'Public Policy and Management', UP
  • since 2012 Member, Graduate School 'Wicked Problems and Contested Administrations' (WIPCAD), UP

Other Professional Service Activities (national and international)

  • Member Kommission "Moderne Dienstleistungen am Arbeitsmarkt" (Hartz Kommission), 2002
  • Member Steering Committee of the Norwegian-German E.On Ruhrgas scholarship programme in Political Science, 2004 - 2011
  • Member Advisory Committee 'Sustainable Governance Indicators', Bertelsmann Foundation, since 2008
  • Member and Chair International Review Panel in Political Science and Law of the Danish Council for Independent Research 2012, 2013 and 2014
  • Consultant for OECD, EU, GTZ/GIZ and others