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DR Mark Field

  • Qualifications: PhD in European Politics; MA in Public Administration; PG Dip Social Research Methods; BA (Hons) International Relations and Politics; Fellow of the Higher Education Academy; Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management; Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
  • Role Title: Senior Lecturer in Politics and Public Policy; Course Leader for Masters in Public Administration (MPA).
  • Address: Milldam, Burnaby Road, Portsmouth, Hants PO1 3AS
  • Telephone: 023 9284 2163
  • Email: mark.field@port.ac.uk
  • Department: School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies
  • Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


I started my academic career with a Masters in Public Administration (MPA).  Following this, I was awarded an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) studentship and undertook a Ph.D on the Transparency of Expertise in European Union Policy-making.   I was appointed as a Lecturer in Public Policy in 2014 and became a Senior Lecturer and MPA course leader the following year. 


At postgraduate level, I coordinate the unit ‘Comparative Public Policy and Administration’.  This applies a range of theoretical perspectives to case studies drawn from the students’ own professional background.  At undergraduate level, I co-ordinate two units,.  ‘Analysing Politics: Britain and beyond’ is a first year programme designed to introduce key political concepts by applying them to contemporary political topics.  'Politics and Policy in Action' is a highly practical module allowing students to establish and run their own polticial campaigns. I also contribute to the undergraduate units ‘Political Thought’ and 'British Political Leadership'.


My research interests are chiefly around transparency of expertise in the policy-making process; the role of Civil Society Organisations in promoting transparency; and the impact of Brexit on British and European politics.

I am principal investigator at the University's Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence, responsible for the managememnt and delivery of €100K three year interdisciplinary project into the Study of Transnational Europe.

In addition, as a member of the University’s Faculty-funded Research Project ‘Transnational Civil Society’, I research the structure and practices of Civil Society Groups in the EU’s policy-making process, analysing the way that these groups are adapting their practices to accommodate Brexit.   


I  welcome PhD proposals on topics related to policy practice, transparency, accountability, corruption/anti-corruption, British and EU politics and the role of civil society groups in policy-making. 

I have previously supervised: 

  • Thi Nguyen (as first supervisor).  Thu researched the internationalisation of higher education in Vietnam (awarded Dec 18).

I am currently supervising:

  • Charlie Pericleous (SCDTP student) (as first supervisor).  Charlie is analysing EU and EU member states policies in preventing violent extremism.
  • Sivar Haji (as first supervisor).  Sivar’s research project analyses accountability in the healthcare system in Iraqi Kurdistan.
  • Daniel Neat (as first supervisor).  Daniel's project analyses the process through which the UK Higher Education sector is adapting to British withdrawal from the EU.
  • Ryan Mercieca (as first supervisor).  Ryan's research is an analysis of the devolution of power to regional and local govenrment in small states and islands
  • Xi Li (as first supervisor).  Xi’s research looks at educational agents’ perspectives of Chinese students who choose to study in the UK.
  • Bill Cleary (as second supervisor).  Bill's project is a comparison of reflective practices amongst Danish and British child protection professionals.  
  • Milan Kreuschitz (as second supervisor).  Milan is looking at public/private partnerships in the European Union since 2000
  • Nandor Revesz (as third supervisor). Nandor is analsying the work of the European Parliamentary Research Service



Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Ph.D., The transparency of expertise in EU policy-making

Award Date: 12 Jun 2015


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  • FHEA

    Field, Mark (Recipient), 2016

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

  • FRSA

    Field, Mark (Recipient), 1 Mar 2017

    Prize: Election to learned society