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Dr Gordon Marnoch

Reader in Public Policy

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School of Applied Social and Policy Sc.


Institute for Research in Social Sciences


Room 03A23 Belfast BT15 1ED



Dr. Gordon Marnoch is a Reader in public policy. He previously held lectureships at Exeter, Central Lancashire and Aberdeen before joining Ulster University. He is a graduate of the University of Aberdeen (MA Political Economy and Politics) and the University of Hull (PhD in Politics).

Gordon's research projects have examined issues such as such as doctors and the management process, innovation in primary care, clinical directorates and leadership, devolution and the NHS in Scotland and Northern Ireland. He has also carried out research into performance, strategy and leadership in policing and the policy transfer of principles and practices to countries emerging from conflict. He has published in a wide range of prestigious journals and written two extensively referenced books on health services.

Gordon has also supervised nine students to successful completion of doctorates. His research has drawn on fieldwork in the United States, Malaysia, Bahrain, Ghana and Afghanistan.

His research has regularly attracted funding from the ESRC, currently this includes a project dealing with the impact of Brexit on constitutional change, public finance and public services. Previous ESRC grants funded a project examining the role of NHS clinical directors, a Public Services Programme Fellowship used to investigate parliamentarians and their use of performance data and a co-chaired seminar series on innovation in public services.

Gordon acts as a reviewer for a number of research grant awarding bodies including the ESRC and the NIHR Health Technology Assessment (HTA) programme. He regularly contributes to the Northern Ireland media including the BBC and UTV on health policy and parliamentary issues and has acted as an advisor to an influential Scottish Parliament inquiry into community care provision. He provides advice and training on policy evaluation to a range of public services organizations.