Deputy Vice-Chancellor (External Engagement)

Professor Mark Goodwin

Professor Mark Goodwin leads on External Engagement for the University within the UK and internationally. He is responsible for leading the University’s Business Engagement and Global strategies ensuring that the University is creating an impact regionally, nationally and globally.

Mark joined the staff at Exeter in 2004, following his role as Director of the Institute of Geography and Earth Sciences at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. He became Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Exeter in 2013, having previously been Dean of the College of Life and Environmental Sciences. He graduated from the University of Sussex, before completing his PhD at the London School of Economics.

Mark also leads the University’s activities at our Cornwall Campuses in Penryn and Truro and is a Board member of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). Mark oversees our business, industrial and partnership engagement including as a member of the GW4 Board, Exeter Science Park and SetSquared Partnership Board. His further regional roles include as Governor of Exeter College, Trustee of the Exeter Northcott Theatre and St Lukes Foundation.

Globally, Mark leads the University’s Global Partnership activity and in particular significant strategic partnerships with international universities, including the University of Queensland and Chinese University of Hong Kong among others.

The body of Mark’s academic research has centred on an analysis of the structures and processes of sub-national government. This has been pursued through a wide range of externally funded projects involving significant interdisciplinary research, especially with political scientists and sociologists. He is the only geographer to have held ESRC grants in both the Local Governance Research Programme and the Devolution and Constitutional Change Research Programme. Mark has directed a number of research projects, worth in total over £2 million, funded by the ESRC, Welsh Assembly Government, Joseph Rowntree Foundation and a variety of local, regional and national agencies. His publications include over 50 refereed papers and chapters, and he has written or edited 8 books. Mark served on the Strategic Research Board of the ESRC from 2003-2007, and was its vice-chair from 2006-2007. He also sat on the Strategic Advisory Committee of the £24 million interdisciplinary research programme on Rural Economy and Land Use from 2003-2007 and chaired its Management Advisory Committee, which brought together representatives from three Research Councils. Mark was elected as an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences in 2011.