Lars Tummers is Professor of Public Administration and Organization Science at Utrecht University. He was appointed in 2018, at the age of 36. He is an internationally recognized expert on public management, leadership and behavior change. Previously, he worked at PwC and Erasmus University Rotterdam. He also was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Oxford and the University of California, Berkeley.
His goal is to understand how people can change behavior to improve lives of themselves and others.
Related to this, Tummers is one of the initiators of an interdisciplinary field combining psychology and public administration, called 'Behavioral Public Administration'. He and his colleagues kicked of this field by organizing a KNAW Colloquium on this, where 50 top scholars from various fields united. He subsequently developed core overview articles in the most highly regarded journals in the field.
He won various prizes, such as the university-wide Research Prize at Erasmus University, best article awards and the award for outstanding PhD-thesis in humanities and social sciences (Praemium Erasmianum Foundation, based on cum laude PhD). He has received various grants, from among else the European Union (FP7, Marie Curie grant carried out at Berkeley, USA), and NWO (VENI, VIDI).
Next to his scholarly work, he works regularly with practice, among else with various Ministries, organizations in healthcare and education and consultancy firms.