Professor Martin Jones joined Staffordshire University as Deputy Vice-Chancellor in May 2017 and has responsibility for Research, Digital Services, Estates and Commercial Services, Technical Services and Staffordshire University Academy Trust.
Martin joined the University from the Department of Geography at the University of Sheffield, where he was Director of the White Rose Social Science Doctoral Training Centre (WRDTC)—a £20 million ESRC-funded research consortium between the universities of Sheffield, Leeds and York—and also Professor of Urban and Regional Political Economy. Martin led the application to become a Doctoral Training Partnership, also involving the White Rose partners and the universities of Hull, Sheffield Hallam, Bradford, and Manchester Metropolitan, which was ranked top by the ESRC's peer review process.
Martin previously held a variety of positions at Aberystwyth University over 15 years (1998-2013): Director of the Institute of Geography and Earth Sciences (2004-2008), Dean of Social Science, and Pro Vice-Chancellor (2009-2013) with portfolio experience spanning research, enterprise, engagement, recruitment and the student experience. He is also a founding Co-Director of the £9 million ESRC/Welsh Government-funded, Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods (WISERD) and co-investigator of the £7.5 million WISERD Civil Society ESRC-funded research centre. Before this, he was a Simon Research Fellow at the University of Manchester, after graduating from Manchester with a BA and PhD in Human Geography.
Martin is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Academician, Academy of the Social Sciences -elected for his contributions to human geography and to policy debates on the economic development sector. He received an honorary professorial position (Docentship) in Oulu, Finland, in recognition of research on the ‘geography of regions’ and was awarded the Philip Leverhulme Prize for Geography for international scholarship on the ‘state spatial selectivity’ connections between geography and theories of the state. Martin is the originator and co-editor of the journal Territory, Politics, Governance, and plays an active role in learned societies through the Regional Studies Association.
Author or editor of 10 books and over 150 publications for a variety of audiences, Martin is an interdisciplinary researcher, working in the broad area of society and space and specifically on the interface between economic and political geography. Martin has conducted empirical work in and around university-places, working with local community groups and public policy officials to seek to improve economic and social conditions and the life chances of disadvantaged people in disadvantaged places. He has given evidence to UK Government Select Committees on skills, business support, and regional development and worked alongside the European Commission through its Week of Regions and Cities. Martin’s current research, funded by the ESRC and with Dr David Beel, is interested in the geographies of state intervention and civil society through localism and city-region building in Sheffield, Manchester, Swansea, Cardiff, and Stoke-on-Trent.