Martin's credentials.

Martin has been employed by leading British Social Policy university departments for over 20 years. His research and consultancy has been commissioned by a large range of government agencies in the UK, EU and overseas and by leading charitable organisations. Here’s a snap shot of his employment and funding credentials.

Employed by


Martin is currently employed as a specialist in child poverty in the Division of Policy and Strategy in UNICEF HQ in New York.  He works in the Child Poverty and Social Protection team. His work contributes to the work done by the Social Inclusion, Policy and Budgeting Section that co-ordinates work across UNICEF programmes on core social policy issues. Currently he is working with the LIS data centre on child poverty in Middle Income Countries, and with Cambodia, Indonesia and Swaziland UNICEF country offices to improve profiling of child poverty. He also works with UNDP and World Bank on international profiling of child poverty and inequality.  

From 2012 to ongoing

University of Oxford

Martin was employed at the Oxford Institute of Social Policy, based in the Department of Social Policy and Intervention at the University of Oxford. 

From 2007 to 2012

London School of Economics

The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) is one of the foremost social science universities in the world. Martin gained his MSc and PhD at the LSE and then went on to be a researcher in the Welfare State Programme and Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE) – both leading ESRC-funded research programmes based in the international renowned Suntory International Centre for Economics and Related Disciplines (STICERD). Martin is currently a Visiting Senior Fellow at CASE.  

Employed 1991 to 2002

Currently Visiting Senior Fellow

University of Bath

Martin was Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Analysis of Social Policy in the Department of Social & Policy Sciences; an internationally-recognised research-intensive department with a strong focus on policy and practice and a commitment to contribute to social well-being and social justice. The department was rated second highest in the UK in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise.

From 2002 to 2007

Funded by

Joseph Rowntree Foundation

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) is an independent charity working to understand the root causes of social problems, to identify ways of overcoming them, and show how social needs can be met in practice. The Foundation is an endowed charity that currently spends around £10.5 million a year on its research and development of a large, UK-wide research and development programme that seeks to understand the root causes of social problems, to identify ways of overcoming them, and to show how social needs can be met in practice.

Fifteen commissions

Department for Work and Pensions

The Department for Work and Pensions is responsible for welfare and pension policy and is a key player in tackling child poverty. It is the biggest public service delivery department in the UK and serves over 20 million customers. DWP supports the UK Government’s commitment to being transparent about public finances.

European Commission

European Union's research funding under a series of Framework Programmes for Research have been building knowledge, engaging in debate and supporting policies across the EU. Current research activities address the Lisbon Strategy for Growth and Jobs and the integration of economic, social and environmental objectives relevant to the European Union. The programme also deals with major societal trends and their implications, the lives of European citizens, the role of Europe in the world, socio-economic and scientific indicators, and foresight activities.

ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council)

The ESRC is the UK's largest organisation for funding research on economic and social issues. It supports independent, high quality research which has an impact on business, the public sector and the third sector. At any one time it supports over 4,000 researchers and postgraduate students in academic institutions and independent research institutes.

Two commissions.

The Nuffield Foundation

The Nuffield Foundation works to improve social well-being by funding research and innovation in education and social policy. They are also increasing the proliferation and quality of research and professional skills – both in science and social sciences – through capacity building programmes. Underpinning all their work is a belief in the importance of independent and rigorous research evidence and its power to bring about change.


UNICEF is mandated by the United Nations General Assembly to advocate for the protection of children's rights, to help meet their basic needs and to expand their opportunities to reach their full potential. Guided by the Convention on the Rights of the Child UNICEF is committed to ensuring special protection for the most disadvantaged children in the countries in greatest need. UNICEF aims, through its country programmes, to promote the equal rights of women and girls and to support their full participation in the political, social, and economic development of their communities.

One commission.

United Nations Development Programme

UNDP is the UN's global development network, an organization advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. We are on the ground in 166 countries, working with them on their own solutions to global and national development challenges.

World Bank

The World Bank is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. Its mission is to fight poverty with passion and professionalism for lasting results and to help people help themselves and their environment by providing resources, sharing knowledge, building capacity and forging partnerships in the public and private sectors.

Department for Children, Schools and Families

The Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF), created in June 2007, aims to make this the best place in the world for children and young people to grow up. For the first time, children, young people and their families have a voice at the heart of Government. The Department’s role can be summed up as leading the whole network of people who work with or for children and young people.

One commission.

Government Equalities Office

The Government Equalities Office (GEO) is a small policy department responsible for equalities legislation and policy in the UK. GEO is responsible for the Government’s overall strategy and priorities on equality issues and aims to improve equality and reduce discrimination and disadvantage for all, at work, in public and political life, and in people’s life chances.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has a statutory remit to promote and monitor human rights; and to protect, enforce and promote equality across the nine "protected" grounds - age, disability, gender, race, religion and belief, pregnancy and maternity, marriage and civil partnership, sexual orientation and gender reassignment.

Government Secretariat for Development Planning of Qatar

The General Secretariat for Development Planning (GSDP) is a relatively young institution, established through an Emiri Decision No (39) in 2006 and amended by Emiri Decision No (50) in 2009. GSDP has been tasked to develop a National Development Strategy for the State of Qatar in support of the Qatar National Vision 2030.

One commission.