My Profile

Dr Hans Schlappa is Senior Lecturer in public management at Hertfordshire University Business School. Hans has undertaken assignments as URBACT Lead Expert since 2003, facilitating action planning, practice transfer and capitalization projects concerned with community-led urban regeneration. His current research explores how to tackle long term decline in small and medium sized towns. Hans teaches governance, leadership and strategic management of public services. He has extensive experience in undertaking practice oriented research for national and local government, public agencies and civil society organisations. Prior to his academic career Dr Schlappa worked for 20 years in local government and not-for profit organisations where he managed regeneration initiatives aimed at the socio-economic development of deprived neighbourhoods.

Current Post

Senior Lecturer Public Service Management, Hertfordshire Business School, University of Hertfordshire.

  • URBACT Lead Expert since 2003. Network leadership for Action Panning Networks Regenera and SURE. Network Leadership for Transfer Networks Placemaking 4 Cities and RegrowCity. Capitalisation Lead for URBACT II on ‘Shrinking Cities’
  • PhD Impact of EU funding on third sector organisations, Aston Business School, 2010
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Professional Practice (with distinction), Coventry University, 2009
  • MSc Public Service Management (with distinction), Aston Business School, 2001
  • Diplom Ingenieur für Landschafts und Freiraumplanung (Town and Country Planning), Technische Universität Berlin, 1986
  • Fellow Higher Education Academy (2009)
  • 10/2010 – current Senior Lecturer Public Service Management, Hertfordshire University, Business School
  • 09/2009 – 06/2010 Teaching Fellow Public Management, Aston University, School of Languages and Social Sciences
  • 08/2008 – 08/2009 Senior Lecturer Urban Regeneration and Sustainable Communities (p/t), Coventry University
  • 01/2008 – 07/2009 Sessional Lecturer (p/t), Aston Business School
  • 09/2004 – 12/2007 Research Manager, Centre for Voluntary Action Research, Aston Business School
  • 06/2000 – 08/2004 Regeneration and Community Safety Manager, Birmingham City Council
  • 01/1998 – 06/2000 Sustainability and Community Safety Officer, Cannock Chase District Council
  • 06/1996 – 12/1997 Programme Development Manager, National Urban Forestry Unit
  • 04/1992 – 05/1996 Regional Business Development Manager, Groundwork UK
  • 07/1989 – 03/1992 Project Development Manager. Groundwork Leeds
  • 01/1987 – 06/1989 Project Manager, Hammersmith and Fulham Amenity Trust
  • Post graduate teaching: Public service management; strategic management; collaborative governance; leadership; research methods
  • Undergraduate teaching: Strategic management, leadership, social enterprise
  • Programme Director MSc Leadership and Management in Public Services 2011 – 2019

Recent publications

  • Addressing urban shrinkage in small and medium sized towns: Shrink smart and re-grow smaller with Tatsuya Nishino, 2021, Emerald Points
  • Relational leadership: An analytical lens for the exploration of co-production with Yasmin Imani and Tatsuya Nishino in: Loeffler, E. and Bovaird,T. (2021) Handbook of Co-production, Palgrave
  • Who is in the lead? New perspectives on leading service co-production with Yasmin Imani in: Brandsen, T., Steen, T. Verschuere, B. (2018) Co-production and co-creation: Engaging citizens in public services, Routledge
  • Co-producing the cities of tomorrow: Fostering collaborative actions to tackle decline in Europe’s shrinking cities in: European Urban and Regional Studies, 2017, Vol. 24(2) 162–174
  • Future directions for the European shrinking city with Neil, W.J.V. (2016), Routledge
  • Co-management in urban regeneration: New perspectives on transferable collaborative practice in: Pestoff, V., Brandsen, T. Verschuere, B. (2012) New public governance, the third sector and co-production, Routledge