Professor Steve Martin

Steve Martin is Professor of Public Policy and Management at Cardiff Business School and Director of the Public Policy Institute for Wales. He works with RCS in a private capacity.

Steve is one of the UK’s leading academic experts on local government policy. He founded the Centre for Local & Regional Government Research at Cardiff University, which is now recognised internationally as one of the leading sites in the world for academic research on local government policy and public service improvement. Over the last twenty five years, he has directed a series of major studies for a wide range of Government departments and other agencies – in the UK and further afield. He has designed and led large scale evaluations of the impact of Best Value, the local government modernization agenda, and the Welsh Government’s local government policies, and he has directed ESRC funded research comparing approaches local government performance improvement regimes in England, Scotland and Wales. His current research is focused on the impacts of sector-led improvement and central interventions and includes studies commissioned by the Local Government Association, Chief Fire Officers Association and Welsh Government.

Steve has served in a range of advisory roles. In 2009 he was appointed as the lead member of the UK Government’s expert panel on local governance and he was the academic adviser to the independent commission on public service delivery in Wales chaired by Sir Jeremy Beecham. He served on the board of the Improvement and Development Agency from 2003 to 2010, and is currently Director of the New Local Government Network.

Steve has written widely on local government policy and management – for both academic and policy maker communities. He has published more than 70 papers in leading peer reviewed journals (such as Public Administration, British Journal of Management, Policy & Politics, Financial Accountability and Management), 30 book chapters and two edited volumes. He has also authored more than 150 reports commissioned by governments and other agencies, and is a member of the editorial boards of Public Money & Management and Local Government Studies. He has a first class honours degree from Oxford University, and a Doctorate from Aston University.