Gerardine Matthews-Smith
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Dr Gerardine Matthews-Smith

Professor

Biography

I am currently employed as a Professor within the Business School. I am the founder and Director of the Centre for Military Research, Education and Public Engagement, Lead for the new Scottish Armed Forces Evidence and Research (SAFE&R) Hub and the University Research Lead for Military Research. I have a strong record of collaborative research within the arena of armed forces studies and have a demonstrated record of knowledge exchange and building strong research and practice relationships regionally, nationally, and internationally. In addition, I work with several voluntary and public sector organisations devoted to military transition, education, and wellbeing including regionally on the Edinburgh Military Education Committee (MEC) and nationally on the Council of Military Education Committees (COMEC). As is not uncommon in the social sciences and business fields, my career path has crossed between practice and research. The interdisciplinary nature of my academic research and practice experience therefore rests within three key disciplines: human and organisational development, management, and wellbeing. These disciplines span two Edinburgh Napier University Schools namely the School of Health and Social Care and The Business School. My background in these fields continues to stimulate my interest and expand my knowledge across these disciplines as evidenced in my research, supervision, and teaching activity.

Since 1997 I have consistently held leadership roles in research development and management. I have held several strategic research leadership roles within The Business School including Director of the home and international Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) Programmes and in the role of Joint Director of Research at the Business School. The expertise gained as programme leader of the DBA at Napier is now being shared in my role as an external examiner and mentor to the DBA programme at University of Central Lancashire. Within my key disciplines I have supervised over 48 home and international doctoral students to completion predominately as the Director of Studies and acted as an external doctoral examiner both nationally and internationally. I am currently supporting the application for Doctoral studies at ENU with the Army Reserve Unit Commander in Singapore. Since the establishment of CMREPE in 2021 I have built our doctoral population to four students, three of whom are veterans and the fourth a joint studentship between CMREPE and the School of Applied Sciences, ENU. I have been nominated twice for the Times Higher Supervisor of the year. Externally I have acted as a second supervisor and subject expert to four doctoral studies, and most recently invited by Bath University as a second supervisor to the Medical Commander in the Royal Navy.

For the last 10 years I have shared my knowledge and experience of research supervision by mentoring junior supervisors on my supervision teams. I have also provided training on doctoral supervision to international partners such as PSB Academy as part of our delivery of the DBA in Singapore. Moreover, I have worked with the UK Council for Graduate Education on two working groups related to supervision and laterally as a member of the steering group for their 5th International Conference held online but hosted by Edinburgh Napier University in April 2022.

I regularly publish in peer reviewed journals, have published several book chapters, and completed commissioned research evaluation reports. I have been interviewed as a subject expert for various mediums and podcasts such as YouTube, Channel 4 Television, national newspapers, and more recently interviewed as part of the Scottish Government’s campaign for employing veterans. I am a member of the Editorial Board for ‘European Journal of Training and Development’, Associate Editor of the Journal of Veteran Studies and peer review for several other academic journals. Additionally, I have been an active participant on School and University Research Degree and Innovation and Ethics Committees as both Member and Chair. Externally I sit on several local and national and international committees and working groups related to military wellbeing and education. I have substantial and sustained income generation portfolio amounting to well over £3 million. This includes a key research role on two major Erasmus + programmes CAREMAN and DOCMAN which examined the discipline of human and organisational development and management within the health arena. Other studies within these disciplines were funded by the NHS and the Department of Health. The focus on wellbeing, was reflected in studies funded by MacMillan and The Queen’s Nursing Institute, Scotland. In the past two years I have secured research grant funding more than one million pounds.

Esteem

Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • Armed Forces and Veterans Academic/Research Advisor to the new Board for Veterans Mental Health and Wellbeing Service at Scottish Government
  • Chair of Operational Group for The Scottish Veterans Mental Health and Wellbeing Alliance
  • Chair - International Veteran Education Employment Network
  • Invited speaker Royal British Legion Expert Panel on The Armed Forces Covenant : 'Reflections on a Decade of the Nation's Promise'
  • Core team member on development of Joint proposal to the Military Covenant - The Scottish Veterans Wellbeing Alliance
  • Member - the UK Collaboration for Military Mental Health Policy, Treatment and Research Sub-Group
  • Elected to the Council of Military Education Committees (COMEC)
  • Member -Edinburgh Military Education Committee (MEC)

 

Conference Organising Activity

  • Legl, C. Matthews-Smith, G. Pierron, X., Stantechev, D., & Thomson J. Fashion Brands ‘ perspectives of Business model innovation and digital technology for circular economy in fashion retailing: Towards a conceptualization of sustainable added value creation Process
  • 5th UKPGE International Conference on Developments in Doctoral Education & Training hosted by Edinburgh Napier University
  • MacPherson, C., Matthews-Smith, G., McLean, L. (2019) 'The Lost Cohort A Phenomenological study into Command Leadership and Management Development outside the Royal Air Force's Formal Training Environment . Edinburgh Napier University Post Graduate Research Conference , Craiglockhart .
  • Macpherson, C., Mathews-Smith, G., & McLean, L. (2019) Conference Presentation -A Phenomenological Study into Command, Leadership and Management Development outside the Royal Air Force’s Formal Training Environment
  • Forret, M., Khaleel, F., Matthews-Smith, G. (2019) Centering the Client Organisation in a Global Account Management Programme: Kwy challenges for managers in the service industries. Edinburgh Napier University Post Graduate Conference , Craiglockhart.
  • Livingstone, R., Matthews-Smith, G., McMillan, J. (2019) Enhancing Academic-Industry links: Key challenges and prospects for Scottish University business Schools. Edinburgh Napier University, Post Graduate Student Conference, Craiglockhart.
  • Mathews, G., Matthews-Smith, G., & Macmillan, M. The Lived Experience of Mindfulness Training in people with chronic conditions: a community-based, longitudinal phenomenological study. ICM conference Amsterdam.
  • MacPherson, C., Matthews-Smith, G., McLean , L . (2018)"The Last Cohort: Command Leadership and Management Development outside the RAF's Formal Training Environment. does it fulfil the needs of the organisation and the expectations of the individual ? Edinburgh Napier University Business School Post Graduate Conference.
  • Mathews, G. Matthews-Smith, G. MacMillan, M. (2014) Mindfulness Life world Study: A longitudinal, phenomenological exploration of mindfulness as experienced by people living with a long-term condition. Edinburgh Napier University Student conference April 2014.
  • Dewar, E., Matthews-Smith, G., Cetnarskyj, R., and Smith, K.D., (2014). Alpha-1-Acid Glycoprotein as a Breast Cancer Biomarker in At Risk Individuals. 9th European Breast Cancer Conference (abstract number 240), Glasgow, March 2014.
  • Mathews, G MacMillan, M. Gilbert, T. Matthews-Smith, G. (2014) Queens Nursing Institute Scotland (QNIS) Conference Encounters with Mindfulness: A phenomenological exploration of mindfulness training for people living with a long-term condition. 27th March 2014.
  • McVey, L., Mincher, D., Matthews-Smith, G and Smith, K. The glycosylation of Matrix Metalloproteinase-9 in Breast Cancer Metastasis. Poster session presented at: Matrix Metalloproteinase Gordon Research Conference: Crucial Components of Molecular Networks and Disease Pathways. 2013 May 19-24; Barga, Italy.
  • McVey, L., Mincher, D., Matthews-Smith, G and Smith, K. The glycosylation of Matrix Metalloproteinase-9 in Breast Cancer Metastasis. Poster session presented at: Edinburgh Napier University Postgraduate Conference; 2013 May 16; Edinburgh, UK.

 

Editorial Activity

  • Associate Editor International Journal of Veterans Studies
  • Member of the Editorial Board of European Journal of Training and Development

 

External Examining/Validations

  • University of Central Lancashire .External Examiner for Doctorate in Business Adminstration /Post Graduate Certificate in Business and Management Research Methods

 

Fellowships and Awards

  • Short-listed for ENU Above and Beyond in Innovation and Research Category by Dean of School.
  • Nominated for Times Higher Supervisor of the Year Award by students and peers
  • HRD Academy of Human Resource Development –Monica M. Lee Research Excellence Award for the best paper of the year In Human Resource Development International Journal.
  • Nominated for Times Higher Supervisor of the Year Award by students and peers
  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy
  • Fellow of the National Board for Nursing, Midwifery and Health visiting for Scotland

 

Grant Reviewer

  • Economic and Social Research Council UKRI
  • Samantha Dickson Research Trust, Clinical and Psychosocial Tumor Research

 

Invited Speaker

  • invited speaker to Office of Veterans Affairs
  • Invited to present a paper and workshop on doctoral supervisions to staff at University of Central Lancanshire Business School
  • May 2021 Invited to present a paper on Military Transitions in Scotland to International Military Network including Australia, New Zealand, Canada , United States of America, United Kingdom and Scotland.
  • Veterans in Scotland Past Present and Future Symposium
  • 2016: Keynote speaker at the Human Resource and Knowledge Management conference in Lathi, Finland (linked to Erasmus CAREMAN project)
  • 2016: Keynote speaker on developing cross-cultural health and social care management competencies at Charles University, Prague (linked to the CAREMAN project)
  • 2011: Invited speaker to the ‘Army of women’ conference (Santa Monica) to establish a network on bio-marker aspects of cancer research links in relation to cancer research
  • 2006: Invited by Trinity College Dublin (School of Nursing) to conduct a workshop on Integrating Research into the Nursing curriculum as a direct outcome of my doctoral studies, out of which arose 2 new research modules at UG and Masters levels
  • 2000: Invited Co-presented on early paper on Phenomenography as a new method in Educational research at an Innovations in Higher Education Conference Symposium, University of Helsinki, with 3 colleagues who originated Phenomenography as a research design (Professors Noel Entwistle, Roger Saljo and Ference Marton)

 

Media Activity

  • Different Voices, One Team: Army@ The Fringe takes new direction
  • Theater of War -invited expert panelist
  • Media activity Leo Docherty , Minister of Defence
  • Media Coverage Centre for Military Research, Education and Public Engagement
  • ADES welcomes launch of Scotlands first Centre for Military Research and Education
  • Agenda: How Universities can support the military and thier fmilies
  • Edinburgh Napier University has unveiled Scotland's first military research and engagement centre
  • Edinburgh Napier University has unvelied Scotland;s first Military and Engagement Centre
  • Edinburgh Napier University has unveiled Scotland's first Military and Engagement Centre
  • Military Centre is a first for Scottish University
  • New military research Centre A Scottish First
  • University goes back to its Military roots
  • interview for STV on launch of the Centre for Military Research, Education and Public Engagement
  • University backing for Armed forces
  • University backing the Armed Forces
  • Military matters : Napier open Research Centre at Craiglockhart Campus
  • Invited panel member of the Crux Cast discussion on Military Transition . https://youtu.be/cCdqzQmHTMIe
  • Edinburgh Napier University leads the way in supporting Scotland’s armed forces
  • Napier university unveils military research nd engagement centre
  • Invited panel member on the media launch of the British Legions 10 Year Report on the military Covenant

 

Public/Community Engagement

  • Scottish Veterans Wellbeing Alliance : New pathway developed
  • Invited Panel Member -Military Covenant Royal British Legion
  • Member - Edinburgh Armed Forces Covenant Group (Chaired by Lord Provost)
  • Member , Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on The Armed Forces and Veterans Community
  • Lothian Armed Forces and Veterans Group
  • WolfHirschhorn Syndrome Trust -Evaluation of Assessment Tools Project

 

Research Degree External Examining

  • University of Dublin , Trinity College . PhD -Education after Wittgenstein: A Causal Cultural Theoryof Reference and Meaning and its Implications for Education
  • Glasgow Caledonian University. The Nature of Individual Career Identity and its Construction: Examining the Self-perceptions Generation Y women and Men .
  • Australian Catholic University, Sydney: Nursing Students expectations, perceptions and experiences of learning science in an BN program.

 

Reviewing

  • Industrial and Commercial Training
  • Human Resource Development International
  • Journal of Veteran Studies
  • Studies in Graduate and Post Doctoral Education
  • Gerontology and Geriatric Research

 

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27 results

Process of curriculum and module design.

Book Chapter
Agostinho, M., Afseth, J., & Havrdová, Z. (2016)
Process of curriculum and module design. In Z. Havrdová, G. Matthews-Smith, & P. Huotari (Eds.), Developing Cross-Cultural Competencies in Health and Social Care Management, 31-38. Lahti University of Applied Sciences
Abstract not available.

Evaluation

Book Chapter
Matthews-Smith, G., & Afseth, J. (2016)
Evaluation. In Z. Havrdová, G. Matthews-Smith, & P. Huotari (Eds.), Developing Cross-Cultural Competencies in Health and Social Care Management, 39-58. Lahti University of Applied Sciences
Abstract not available.

Summary and Conclusions.

Book Chapter
Havrdová, Z., Matthews‑Smith, G., Huotari, P., & Agostinho, M. (2016)
Summary and Conclusions. In Z. Havrdová, G. Matthews-Smith, & P. Huotari (Eds.), Developing Cross-Cultural Competencies in Health and Social Care Management, 59-70. Lahti University of Applied Sciences
Abstract not available.

Value-based Healthcare: Utopian vision or fit for Purpose.

Book Chapter
Garavan, T., & Matthews-Smith, G. (2016)
Value-based Healthcare: Utopian vision or fit for Purpose. In A. Ortenblad, C. Abrahamson Lofstrom, & R. Sheaff (Eds.), Management Innovations for Healthcare organizations, 412-430. (1). Taylor & Francis

Intercultural Management.

Book Chapter
Afseth, J., Kokkonen, M., & Rebelo dos Santos, N. (2016)
Intercultural Management. In Z. Havrdová, G. Matthews-Smith, & P. Huotari (Eds.), Developing Cross-Cultural Competencies in Health and Social Care Management, 99-114. Lahti University of Applied Sciences
Abstract not available.

Developing Cross-Cultural Competencies in Health and Social Care Management

Book
Z. Havrdová, G. Matthews-Smith, & P. Huotari (Eds.), (2016)
Developing Cross-Cultural Competencies in Health and Social Care Management
Learning from research and experience of five EU universities.

Embedding compassionate care in local NHS practice: developing a conceptual model through realistic evaluation

Journal Article
MacArthur, J., Wilkinson, H., Matthews-Smith, G., & Gray, M. A. (2017)
Embedding compassionate care in local NHS practice: developing a conceptual model through realistic evaluation. Journal of Research in Nursing, 22(1-2), 130-147. doi:10.1177/1744987116678901
The aim of this study was to critically analyse the impact of the ‘Leadership in Compassionate Care Programme’ and offer a conceptual model of factors that can embed compassio...

Improving the experience of hip fracture care: A multidisciplinary collaborative approach to implementing evidence-based, person-centred practice

Journal Article
Christie, J., Macmillan, M., Currie, C., & Matthews-Smith, G. (2015)
Improving the experience of hip fracture care: A multidisciplinary collaborative approach to implementing evidence-based, person-centred practice. International Journal of Orthopaedic and Trauma Nursing, 19(1), 24-35. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijotn.2014.03.003
Background Hip fracture care is well supported by national guidelines and audit that provide evidence of safe interventions and an improved process. In the drive for organisa...

Alpha-1-acid glycoprotein as a breast cancer biomarker in at risk individuals.

Journal Article
Dewar, E., Matthews-Smith, G., Cetnarskyj, R., & Smith, K. (2014)
Alpha-1-acid glycoprotein as a breast cancer biomarker in at risk individuals. European Journal of Cancer, 50, S113

A systematic review of online cancer and palliative care education for nurses and allied health professionals (2000- 2011)

Presentation / Conference
Campbell, K., Williams, A., McBride, S., & Matthews-Smith, G. (2014, October)
A systematic review of online cancer and palliative care education for nurses and allied health professionals (2000- 2011). Paper presented at International Cancer Education Conference, Florida, USA
Background/Purpose: Embedding online learning within higher education can providing engaging, cost-effective, interactive, and flexible education. By evaluating the impact, o...

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