Professor Stephen Martin
Director of the Public Policy Institute for Wales
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- F24, Aberconway Building, Colum Drive, Cardiff, CF10 3EU
Steve Martin is Professor of Public Policy and Management and Director of the Centre for Local & Regional Government Research.
Steve's research interests are in public policy evaluation and public service improvement and he is acknowledged as one of the UK's leading academic experts on local government policy. He has published more 50 papers in leading refereed academic journals, authored 30 book chapters and written in excess of 100 commissioned reports.
He has a long and successful research track record of directing large scale research programmes which have been funded by a range of agencies in the UK and internationally including: the Economic and Social Research Council, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Leverhulme Trust, a range of central government departments, the Scottish Executive, Welsh Assembly Government, European Commission, Audit Commission, Accounts Commission, the Improvement and Development Agency, Standards Board and the Local Government Association.
Steve is Associate Editor of Local Government Studies and a member of the editorial boards of Public Money and Management and Solace Foundation Imprint. He has been a Director of the Improvement and Development Agency since 2002, is co-chair of the Department for Communities and Local Government's Local and Regional Government Research Network and was recently appointed to the board of the New Local Government Network.
He has given evidence to a range of select committees and inquiries and was the academic adviser to the Beecham Review of Local Service Delivery in Wales in 2005 and 2006. He is a member of the Advisory Board of Public Sector Management Wales and has been a consultant to the European Commission, UK government, the Welsh Assembly Government and the Scottish Executive, as well as to the Council of Europe's Committee on Local and Regional Democracy, the Lyons Review and the Ministerial Review of the Balance of Funding. Steve was a founder member of the UK Evaluation Society and is a Director of Options for Life, a voluntary organization that develops innovative services for people with learning disabilities in the UK and internationally.
- DipITP, University of Marseilles
- PhD, Aston University
- BA (Hons) First Class, Oxford University
Additional teaching activities
Steve teaches on the Cardiff's Masters of Public Administration programme, which he played a leading role in establishing in 2005. He also contributes to the IDeA's Leadership Programme and regularly speaks at national conferences on service improvement and local government policy.
He has provided in-house training for the National Audit Office and a range of local authorities, and he led the 'Understanding Whitehall' for senior local authority officers and elected members. He was a module leader on the European Union's MEANS programme, providing training in evaluation methods to senior Commission officials. He has taught MBA and undergraduate programmes at Aston, Birmingham and Warwick Universities and served as external examiner for Masters and Doctoral programmes at Durham University, Birmingham University and Trinity College Dublin.
- The impact and effectiveness of the ethical framework in local government, Standards Board for England (2008-2011)
- Comparing for improvement: the development and impact of public services audit and inspection, Economic and Social Research Council (2006-2008)
- Competition and contestability in public services, Audit Commission (2006-2008)
- Review of the Best Value Audit Process, Accounts Commission (2006-2007)
- International approaches to local governance, Department for Communities and Local Government (2004-2007)
- Meta-evaluation of the Local Government Modernisation Agenda, Department for Communities and Local Government (2003-2007)
- Independent review of the role and effectiveness of councillors, Welsh Assembly Government (2006-2007)
- Evaluation of the long term impact of the Best Value regime, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (2001-2006)
- Mid tern review of structural fund Objective 1 and 3 programmes, Wales European Funding Office (2002-2003)
- Evaluation of the Neighbourhood Support Fund, National Youth Agency (2001-2004)
- Beyond performance management, Economic and Social Research Council (2001-2004)
- The impact of inspection on local government, Joseph Rowntree Foundation (2001-2004)
- Partnership working between the public, private and voluntary sector, Welsh Assembly Government (2001-2003)
- Evaluation of the Best Value Pilot Programme, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (1997-2000)
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PhD supervision research interests
- Audit and inspection of public services
- Local public services improvement
- Management and evaluation of public policy