- Postgraduate Research / Taught Convenor in Music, School Postgraduate Committee
- Member, Peer Review College, Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
- External examiner, PhD theses at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia; the University of Liverpool; Manchester Metropolitan University and for MPhils at the Universities of Strathclyde and Liverpool.
- Visiting lecturer in Popular Music at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Griffith University, Queensland, Australia (2000)
- Visiting lecturer, Department of Cultural History at the University of Turku, Finland (2003, 2006, 2008, 2011, 2012)
- Visiting lecturer, Department of Contemporary Music Studies MacQuarrie University, Australia (2006, 2011)
- Rapporteur, ESRC Project: Striking a Chord: Musicians, Music and non-Governmental Action (RES-155-25-0031)(2007)
- Member, steering group, Alcohol Education and Research Council (AERC) project, Assessing the relationship between last night drinks marketing and alcohol related disorder (2006)
- Organiser, (IASPM) UK and Ireland Branch biennial conference (2008)
- Visiting lecturer, Faculty of Humanities at the University of Joensuu (2006)
- Member, Advisory Board of the Starnet Project and the Institute for Popular Culture, University of Turku, Finland
- Member, Editorial Board for the History of Stardom Reconsidered conference proceedings (University of Turku, 2006)
- Member of the Subject Health review team for Commercial Music, University of Paisley (2003)
- Specialist Consultant, QAA Scotland for work on Quality Enhancement (2006)
- Chair, Management Group of the Centre for Research and Development in Adult and Lifelong Learning (CRADALL), University of Glasgow (2004-2006)
- Contributor, Index on Censorship
- Chair, Freemuse, an international organisation dedicated to musicians' freedom of expression (since 1998)
- Chair (2004-2008) of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM), UK and Ireland Branch; currently member of the Executive
- External referee, conference proceedings, IASPM-ANZ Annual Conference, Wellington, December 2005 (2007)
- Reviews Editor, Popular Music and a member of the Editorial Boards of Popular Music and Society, the British Journal of Music Education, Perfect Beat, Beiträge zur Popularmusikforschung and the Journal of Adult and Continuing Education (reviews editor 2004 - 2005)
- Board Member, John Wheatley College (2005-2008)
- Martin's appearances have included BBC1, BBC 2, BBC Radio 2 and Radio 4, Radio Scotland, Radio Merseyside, Radio York and Scottish Television.
January 2012: “Researching live music in the UK: Some findings”, keynote/Peter Le Huray Lecture, Royal Musical Association Graduate conference, University of Hull.
June 2011: “Live music as ideology”, presented at the 16th Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM), University of Grahamstown, South Africa.
June 2011: “What is a concert ticket? A philosophical enquiry”, presented at IASPm Canada branch conference, McGill University. Montreal.
November 2010: “What makes Glasgow a city of Music? UNESCO, Politics and policies”, invited paper at Music City. Hamburg?! Hamburg.
August 2010: “Promoting business”, presented at 14th Annual Conference of the European Business History Association 2010, Glasgow (with Simon Frith, University of Edinburgh)
February 2010: “Popular Music Politics: The Dark Side of The Tune”, invited paper at the Arts Research: Publics and Purposes conference organised by Gradcam, Ireland.
July 2009: “Live Music and Music Policy: Some initial thoughts”, paper presented as part of specialist panel on live music, 15th Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM), University of Liverpool.
June 2009 “Researching Live Music: Some initial thoughts on policy implications”, invited paper at Popular Cultures Research Network Policy and the Popular conference, University of Leeds.
June 2009: “Creating Live Music: An Industrial perspective”, invited paper at Creativity, Innovation and Labour in Music symposium, Open University
November 2006: “Early UK rock stardom”, A History of stardom reconsidered conference, Turku, Finland.
July 2005: “Music and Violence: A Provisional Typology”, Making Music, Making Meaning, 13th Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM), Rome.
July 2004: “The music industry doesn’t exist (and if it does, it doesn’t matter”, IASPM UK and Ireland Conference, Limerick.
October 2003: “Musical responses to September 11th”, 14th Working Conference of the ASPM (Working Group on Studying Popular Music), Barendorf.
July 2003: “Mapping the Music Industry in Scotland: Building an Industry or Building an Empire?”, IASPM 12th International Conference, McGill University, Montreal (with John Williamson, Queen Margaret University College).
July 2002: “Three dimensional change? - The relationship between theory, policy and adult’s understanding of literacies work, SCUTREA Conference, University of Stirling (with Kathy Maclachlan, University of Glasgow).
July 2002: “We are devo(lved): Popular music policy in the New Scotland”, IASPM UK Conference, University of Newcastle (with Peter Symon, University of Birmingham).
July 2001: “Delivering A New Deal? Another strange tale of pop and politics”, IASPM 11th International Conference, University of Turku, Finland.
June 2001: “Families here, they don’t do education, they get jobs”: Men, women and lifelong learning in Govan, Glasgow. Centre for Research in Lifelong Learning Conference, Researching Widening Access, Glasgow Caledonian University.
July 2000: “No pain, no gain? An initial enquiry into the use of Popular Music as a tool of repression”, IASPM (UK) Conference, University of Surrey (with Bruce Johnson, University of New South Wales).
October 1999: “Rethinking the home internationals: Vocational Education in the UK” (with Roy Canning, University of Stirling), Scottish Educational Research Association conference, Dundee:
October 1999: “Censorship and Popular Music in the UK”,, IASPM Benelux branch conference, National Pop Institute of the Netherlands, Amsterdam.
July 1999: “Problematising vocational education in the UK: The decline of the home internationals?” (with Roy Canning, University of Stirling), Third International Conference of the Journal of Vocational Education and Training, Manchester.
July 1999: “Labour’s New Deal For Musicians”. IASPM 10th International Conference, Sydney, Australia.
December 1998: “Education, education, education: parties, voters and the new Scottish electoral system” (with Peter Lynch, University of Stirling), Political Studies Association, British Territorial Politics Group, Newcastle Upon Tyne.
August 1996: "Popular Music and The Nation State: Towards a Theorisation", Identities in Transition conference, the University of Turku, Finland.
July 1995: "What do they know of England? Popular music and Englishness in the mid-1990s", 8th International IASPM Conference, University of Strathclyde.
April 1995: “The Case Study Method: Possibilities and Problems in the Teaching of Politics", Political Studies Association (PSA) conference, University of York:.
March 1994: "The British Nation State in Popular Music", IASPM UK Conference, University of Liverpool.
July 1993: “Not taking the rap: NWA get stranded on an Island of realism”, 7th International Conference of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM), University of The Pacific, Stockton, California, cited in Steve Redhead's Unpopular Cultures (Manchester University Press, 1995).