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Professor Martin Smith

Special Advisor to the Vice-Chancellor (Strategy)

Martin Smith undertook a PhD at the University of Essex and has held a number of academic positions at the Universities of Kent, Brunel and Sheffield. He was Head of Department of Politics at the University of Sheffield from 2001-5 and he was director of research in the faculty of social sciences between 2007 and 2012, where he led the creation of the first White Rose Doctoral Training Centre in Social Sciences. He joined the Department of Politics at the University of York in 2012 as Anniversary Professor and was Head of Department from 2014 to 2018.

Martin’s research has focused on public policy and, in particular, the role of government departments, civil services relations and policy implementation. Recently he has led a n interdisciplinary consortium researching policing and mental health and has worked on obesity policy, devolution and Brexit.

Martin was appointed as PVC International Development in December 2018 with a portfolio focused on developing our internationalisation strategy, working on strengthening existing international partnership in research and teaching and developing new opportunities for global engagement. In September 2019 he was appointed PVC with the remit of helping the development of the Universities new 10 Year strategic plan and supporting a range of initiatives around the Universities future development.


Register of Interests as at 1 November 2019

  • Spouse: Professor Jean Grugel
  • Member of the Political Science Association and Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences



2018-19 Expenses

Below are the travel costs and expenses for Professor Martin Smithcovering the period August 2018 to July 2019.

Martin Smith expenses Nov 18 - Jan 19 (PDF , 124kb) 

Martin Smith

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