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Dr Mark Field

Senior Lecturer

Mark Field


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
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  • 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 took on the role of 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 the unit ‘Analysing Politics: Britain and beyond’. This is a first year programme designed to introduce key political concepts by applying them to contemporary political topics.  I also contribute to the undergraduate units ‘Current Political Issues’; ‘British Politics’ and ‘End of the European Order’.


I have a number of distinct research interests.  Since completing my PhD, I have published on transparency at the EU institutions, with a particular focus on the role of Civil Society Organisations as both advocates for, and users of, institutional e-transparency.

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.  In addition, I am conducting a research project as part of the University’s Jean Monet Centre of Excellence for the Study of Transnational Europe.  This examines the way that British Civil Society Organisations are adapting their working practices to accommodate changes necessitated through the UK’s decision to leave the European Union.


I would welcome PhD proposals on topics related to transparency, accountability, corruption/anti-corruption, higher education policy and the role of civil society groups in policy-making. 

I am currently supervising:

  • Thi Nguyen (as first supervisor).  Thu is researching the internationalisation of higher education in Vietnam.
  • Sivar Haji (as first supervisor).  Sivar’s research project analyses accountability in the healthcare system in Iraqi Kurdistan.
  • Xi Li (as second supervisor).  Xi’s research looks at educational agents’ perspectives of Chinese students who choose to study in the UK.



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