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
  • Core team member on development of Joint proposal to the Military Covenant - The Scottish Veterans Wellbeing Alliance
  • Elected to the Council of Military Education Committees (COMEC)
  • Member - the UK Collaboration for Military Mental Health Policy, Treatment and Research Sub-Group
  • 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'
  • Member -Edinburgh Military Education Committee (MEC)

 

Conference Organising Activity

  • 5th UKPGE International Conference on Developments in Doctoral Education & Training hosted by Edinburgh Napier University
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

 

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
  • 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
  • Invited to present a paper and workshop on doctoral supervisions to staff at University of Central Lancanshire Business School
  • 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

  • Theater of War -invited expert panelist
  • Different Voices, One Team: Army@ The Fringe takes new direction
  • 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
  • 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 and Engagement Centre
  • Edinburgh Napier University has unvelied Scotland;s first Military and Engagement Centre
  • Edinburgh Napier University has unveiled Scotland's first military research 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

 

Public/Community Engagement

  • Invited Panel Member -Military Covenant Royal British Legion
  • Scottish Veterans Wellbeing Alliance : New pathway developed
  • 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

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

 

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The Glycosylation of AGP and Its Associations with the Binding to Methadone

Journal Article
Behan, J. L., Cruickshank, Y. E., Matthews-Smith, G., Bruce, M., & Smith, K. D. (2013)
The Glycosylation of AGP and Its Associations with the Binding to Methadone. BioMed Research International, 2013, 1-7. https://doi.org/10.1155/2013/108902
Methadone remains the most common form of pharmacological therapy for opioid dependence; however, there is a lack of explanation for the reports of its relatively low success ...

Mindfulness Life world Study: A longitudinal, phenomenological study of mindfulness-based stress reduction training as experienced by people with long term conditions

Report
Mathews, G., Matthews-Smith, G., Macmillan, M. & Gilbert, T. (2013)
Mindfulness Life world Study: A longitudinal, phenomenological study of mindfulness-based stress reduction training as experienced by people with long term conditions. Scotland: Queens Nursing Institute
To explore the experience of mindfulness training as perceived by people living with differing forms of enduring conditions whilst participating in a year-long group intervent...

Alpha-1-Acid Glycoprotein (AGP) as a Potential Biomarker for Breast Cancer

Book Chapter
D., K., Behan, J., M., A., Smith, K., Behan, J. L., Matthews-Smith, G., & Magliocco, A. M. (2012)
Alpha-1-Acid Glycoprotein (AGP) as a Potential Biomarker for Breast Cancer. In S. Petrescu (Ed.), GlycosylationLondon: InTech. https://doi.org/10.5772/48177

SIGN 127 Management of perinatal mood disorders: a national clinical guideline

Book
Matthews-Smith, G. (2012)
SIGN 127 Management of perinatal mood disorders: a national clinical guideline. SIGN

Assessing problem‐based learning with practice portfolios: one innovation too many?

Journal Article
Oberski *, I. M., Matthews‐Smith, G., Gray, M., & Carter, D. E. (2004)
Assessing problem‐based learning with practice portfolios: one innovation too many?. Innovations in Education and Teaching International, 41(2), 207-221. https://doi.org/10.1080/1470329042000208710
This paper presents and discusses the evaluation of a module on the care for older people in the community, designed through an analysis of educational needs in the local nurs...

Evaluation of the Lothian Headroom Initiative

Report
Matthews-Smith, G., & Christie, J. (2017)
Evaluation of the Lothian Headroom Initiative. Edinburgh: Edinburgh Napier University

Progress Report: Living with and beyond Cancer

Report
Campbell, K., Nimmo, S., & Matthews-Smith, G. (2013)
Progress Report: Living with and beyond Cancer. Edinburgh, Scotland: Edinburgh Napier University
The aim of this project is to develop an educational resource in the form of a suite of academic modules and continuous professional development education initiatives related ...

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