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About Gordon Marnoch

My main research and teaching interests are in health policy, the governance and management of policing and the performance and evaluation of public services. In 2011-12 co-chaired an ESRC-funded seminar series which examined innovation in public services. Drawing on my previous research on key public services and governance I am currently co-organising a seminar series examining Brexit, devolution and Ireland. I have been interested in health policy since the mid-1980s when general management was introduced to the National Health Service. Subsequently I have held a number of research grant awards which have allowed me to work on subjects such as doctors and the management process, innovation in primary care, decentralization of managerial control, clinical directorates and leadership, and devolution and the NHS in Scotland. My research has also extended internationally, for example examining performance reporting in the United States Veterans Health Administration, investigating the adoption of managed care and evidence-based medicine in Malaysia, and studying health services leadership in Bahrain. I have delivered research papers at academic institutions in the United States, India, China, Malaysia and Bahrain. In recent years my research has concentrated on the oversight of health policy and, in particular, the use of performance metrics as evidence. This resulted in the award of an ESRC Public Services Programme Fellowship in 2007. I am an active member of the European Group for Public Administration (EGPA) and acted as a country expert on a project being conducted in partnership with EUPAN (European Union Public Administration Network). I was an adviser on a major health and community care inquiry conducted by a Committee of the Scottish Parliament.
Since the 1990s I have provided advice and training on policy evaluation to a range of public services organizations in the NHS, public health and criminal justice sectors. I am a member of the European Evaluation Society. I teach two modules on policy evaluation at postgraduate level. I have a strong interest in promoting the use of evidence in public services.

More recently I have been developing a research and teaching interest in the governance and management of police services. I have supervised two policing-focused doctorates, examining shared leadership with minority ethnic communities and the effectiveness of performance management. Currently I was part of a team which examined the strategic focus of police services in England. During March 2013 I organised a short course for the Military Police Rio de Janeiro (PMERJ) which outlined change process which the RUC underwent in the early 200s to become the PSNI. The course examined issues such as demilitarisation, community policing, leadership, public order and performance management.
I contribute to the academic community as a reviewer for a number of grant awarding bodies, most notably the ESRC and the National Institute for Health Research: Service Delivery and Organisation. I have for a number of years acted as a reviewer for journals in the public administration and health policy fields, for example Financial Accountability & Management, Health Policy, International Review of Administrative Sciences, Public Administration, Public Management Review and Social Sciences and Medicine. I have acted as an external examiner for the University of Westminster and the University of Swansea.
An important part of my role at the University of Ulster has focused on doctoral research management and training. I acted as Head of Research Graduate School for five years and have subsequently been involved in developing training support for doctoral students. I currently teach courses on Planning Research and Elite Actor Interviews across the University. I have taught short courses in the areas of public management, leadership and evaluation for over two decades. I have organized courses on behalf of the Scottish Executive Health Department, Grampian Health Board and in Northern Ireland, for Southern Health and Social Care Trust and the Youth Justice Agency.


Present School of Criminology, Politics and Social Policy, University of Ulster

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

Health Policy, Policing, Governance and Performance, Governance and Performance of Public Services, and Public Policy Evaluation

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Honors and Awards

  • MA in Politics and Economics, University of Aberdeen
  • PhD in Politics, University of Hull
  • ESRC Public Services Programme Fellow 2008-10

Contact Information

02890 366378


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