Visiting address
Phone: +852 34426590

Author IDs

Willing to take PhD students: yes


Nick Petrovsky is an associate professor in the Department of Public and International Affairs and serves as program leader of the Master of Arts in Public Policy and Management (MAPPM) and deputy director of the Laboratory for Public Management & Policy (LaMP). Prior to joining City University, Nick was a faculty member in the Martin School of Public Policy and Administration at the University of Kentucky.

Nick's research focuses on citizen-state relations (especially citizen satisfaction and the provision of information to citizens), public service performance (especially the use of performance targets), and the turnover of agency heads and senior officials. He aims for transparency and replicability of published work. His publications are in leading journals including the Journal of Public Administration Research and TheoryPublic Administration Review, and the British Journal of Political Science. Nick has received funding from the Hong Kong Research Grants Council (General Research Fund) and the Economic and Social Research Council of the United Kingdom. He is currently editing a special issue of Public Management Review and serves on the editorial boards of Perspectives on Public Management and Governance, the Journal of Policy Studies, and the International Journal of Public Sector Management. He has also served on the editorial boards of Public Administration Review, the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, and Asia Pacific Journal of Public Administration, as transparency editor for Public Administration Review, and as associate editor for the Journal of Behavioral Public Administration.

Nick’s teaching experience includes public management and organization theory, comparative public management and policy, and research design. Having grown up in Germany, immigrated to the United States, and lived in other countries, Nick’s courses typically include an international perspective. 

For more information about his work and to access data and other resources, please visit his website:

Research Interests/Areas

  • Citizen-state relations
  • Public service performance
  • Managerial turnover
  • Research transparency

Editor or Editorial Membership

Public Management Review Editor of a special issue, 2022-2023
International Journal of Public Sector Management
Editorial Board, since 2022
Journal of Policy Studies Editorial Board, since 2021
Perspectives on Public Management and Governance Editorial Board, since 2019
Asia Pacific Journal of Public Administration Editorial Board, 2020-2022
Public Administration Review Editorial Board, 2020-2022
Journal of Behavioral Public Administration Associate Editor, 2019-2022
Public Administration Review Transparency Editor, 2017-2019
Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory Board of Editors, 2014-2018