Martin Smith was appointed as Anniversary Professor of Politics in 2012. Previously he was Professor of Politics at the University of Sheffield and has also taught at the Universities of Essex, Kent and Brunel. At the University of Sheffield he was Head of Department between 2001 and 2005 and Faculty Director of Research between 2008 and 2012. In this role he played a leading role in the development of the ESRC funded White Rose Doctoral Training Centre.
Martin was educated at the University of Essex where he completed his PhD on the politics of agriculture in 1988. He has also been a visiting Professor at the University Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona. He was appointed as a member of the Academy of Social Sciences in 2010. His main research interests are British Politics, Public Policy and State Transformation. He has published 14 books and over 100 articles and chapters. He has also received research grants from a number of funding bodies including the ESRC and the EU.