Deputy Vice-Chancellor (External Engagement)

Professor Mark Goodwin

Professor Mark Goodwin graduated from the University of Sussex, before completing his PhD at the London School of Economics. He joined the staff at Exeter in 2004, and prior to this was 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. Mark leads on Innovation and External Engagement for the University within the UK and is also responsible for the University’s activities at our Cornwall Campus. He is also the University lead for equality and diversity.

The body of Mark’s research has centred on an analysis of the structures and processes of sub-national government. Empirical work on the changing nature of government has been carried out in both urban and rural areas, and conceptual and theoretical work has helped to elaborate the concepts of local state and local governance. 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, and was the only geography participant in the ESRC seminar series on Local Governance and Local Government. 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. He has also been Chair of the Political Geography Research Group, a study group of the Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers. His publications include over 50 refereed papers and chapters, and he has written or edited 8 books, including Introducing Human Geographies (Arnold), Practising Human Geography (Sage) and Envisioning Human Geographies (Arnold). 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.