Professor Moira Fischbacher-Smith
- Assistant Vice-Principal (Learning & Teaching) (Office of the Vice Principals)
- Professor of Public Sector Management (Management)
- Associate (Institute of Health & Wellbeing)
Moira began her working life in the NHS, working within public health surveillance. During this time she began her part-time PhD which focused on market policies in primary health care services. In 1995 she made the move to full-time academic work, where her research interests have continued to focus on health care management and organisation, and have developed within the areas of networks and organisational performance in health care and local government, public-private partnerships and service design, and the role of public health in dealing with mass emergencies. Her research at the University of Glasgow has been funded primarily through the Scottish Government and more recently the EPSRC. She was Managing Editor of Risk Management: An International Journal for 10 years and was also a member of the Editorial Board.
Moira has held a number of managerial roles in the University, each in relation to learning and teaching including Degree Convenor and Undergraduate Director in the Adam Smith Business School, Dean of Learning & Teaching in the College of Social Sciences (2012-2018) and Assistant Vice-Principal (Learning & Teaching) since January 2016. She has been a member of the Board of the Glasgow Centre for Population Health since 2016 and Vice Chair of the Board since January 2018.
Moira is a member of the Strategy and Decision Making research cluster.
Areas of expertise:
- Partnership working
- Strategic Management
- Networked Organisations
- Public Service Delivery
- Health Care Organisation
- Oliver, S; Thompson, P; Fischbacher-Smith, M; Fischbacher-Smith, D. (2017) “Investigating the impact of ‘cultural identity’ on attitudes towards organ donation”, £7,000 Funded by Darlinda’s Charity.
- Spaeth, D.; Bohan, J.; Bovill, C.; Fischbacher-Smith, M.; Magennis, E.; and O’Dell, K. (2016) “Developing a strategy for supporting active pedagogies”, University of Glasgow Learning, Teaching and Development Fund. £3,000
- Fischbacher-Smith, M; Milner, M; MacVicar, A; Mcewan, M; Cheng, M; Pringle Barnes, G; Kerr, J (2013) “Supporting GIC Students’ Transition to Year 2 on the MA Social Sciences: Acculturation Strategies, Social Media and Mentoring”, University of Glasgow Learning, Teaching and Development Fund. £10,570.
- Gunn, V; Fischbacher-Smith, M; Jenkins, A; Stack, N; and Tierney, A. (2013) “Enhancing and consolidating approaches to the reward and recognition of excellence in teaching at University of Glasgow” University of Glasgow Learning, Teaching and Development Fund. £20,012.
- Fischbacher-Smith, D and Fischbacher-Smith, M (2013) “Under Dark Skies: Port cities, extreme events, multi-scale processes and the vulnerability of controls around counter terrorism”. ESRC Impact Grant. £4,955.
- Fischbacher-Smith, M; Milner, M; MacVicar, A, and Lafferty, P. (2013) “Understanding Transition for International Students: Seminar Series for GIC and the University of Glasgow”, University of Glasgow Learning, Teaching and Development Fund. £2225.
- Gunn, V; Jenkins, A; Fischbacher-Smith, M; Tierney, A; and Stack, N. (2012) “Enhancing and consolidating approaches to the reward and recognition of excellence in teaching at the University of Glasgow.” Higher Education Academy, £3000.
- Schofield, J; Fischbacher, M; McKee, L; and Davis, H. (2009) “Mapping the Healthcare Improvement Research Needs of Scottish Healthcare Managers: Developing a Research Agenda”, Funding source: Chief Scientist Office. £73,302 (Jan 2010-Dec 2010)
- McGregor, A; Beaumont, P; Fischbacher, M; Mackenzie, M and Stewart, S. (2009) “Evaluation of The Scottish Centre for Healthy Working Lives. Workplace Services and Awards Programme.” Funding Source: NHS Health Scotland. £235,000 (Sept 2009-Aug 2012)
- Smith, D.; and Fischbacher, M (2008) “Under dark skies: Port cities, extreme events, multi-scale processes and the vulnerability of controls around counter terrorism.” Funding source: EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) £365,156 (Sept 08 – Aug 11)
- Pringle, G. and Fischbacher, M (2008) ‘Examining Assessment’: Understanding Experiences of, and Supporting International Students’ Approaches to Assessment. Funding Source (Internal): University of Glasgow’s Learning, Teaching and Development Fund: £7,900 (July 08 – July 09)
- Mackinnon, J and Fischbacher, M (2008) “Exploring multi-agency partnerships in East Glasgow: developing appropriate arrangements for meeting community needs”. University of Glasgow’s Adam Smith Research Foundation, £1,130 (May 08 – July 08)
- Smith, D and Fischbacher, M (2008) “City centre evacuation and new technologies”. University of Glasgow’s Adam Smith Research Foundation, £1,000 (May 08 – July 08)
- Fischbacher, M; Beaumont, P. and Pate, J. (2007). “Improving Population Health in Glasgow: Managing Partnerships for Health Improvement”, Funding Source: Glasgow Centre for Population Health, £97,000 (Oct 2007 – December 2008)
- Smith. D.; and Fischbacher, M (2007). Grant to support a visit to Japan, to set up a joint research centre in the area of risk and crisis management. Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation. £2,500
- Pringle, G. and Fischbacher, M (2006) “Assisting international students to manage the transition to UK academic culture: development of an e-learning support package”, Funding Source (Internal): University of Glasgow’s Learning, Teaching and Development Fund: £20,000. (Sept 2006-Feb 2008)
- Fischbacher, M; Beaumont, P. and Pate, J. (2005). “Improving Population Health in Glasgow: Managing Partnerships for Health Improvement”, Funding Source: Glasgow Centre for Population Health, £92,000 (Oct 2005 – Sept 2007)
- Alexander, H.; Fischbacher, M; Livingston, M.; MacDonald, E.; and Woods, K. (2003) “Education and Training Needs for Cancer-Care Managed Clinical Networks in Scotland”. Funding Source: NHS Education Scotland, £30,000.
- Beaumont, P.B.; Fischbacher, M; Boyd, C. (2000) “Workforce Planning in the NHS”. Funding Source: Scottish Executive Health Department, £10,000.
PhD research areas
Professor Fischbacher-Smith supervises in the area of strategic management, partnerships and networks, leadership and management capabilities in the public sector, and health and social care strategy and change.
Current PhD students
Co-supervisor: Prof Iain W Docherty
Current courses taught
- MBA Strategic Management
- Adverse Events in Healthcare (Undergraduate Medical School)
Previous teaching includes
- Strategy (MA Business & Management)
- Managing Healthcare Organisations (MPH)
- Services Design and Delivery (MBA)
- Management Themes and Housing Business (MSc Housing Studies)
- Qualitative Methods (MA Business & Management & MRes)
- 2007 - 2011: Masters in Public Health (MPH), with distinction. Medical School, University of Manchester (part-time study - distance learning)
- 1994-1999: PhD, Department of Management Studies, University of Glasgow - “Purchasing in Networks and Markets: The Relationships between GPs and NHS Trusts” (part-time study)
- 1988-1992: BA (Hons) 2(i) in Commerce and Information Management, Glasgow Polytechnic (full-time study)
Professional memberships and affiliations
- Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (PFHEA) – awarded December 2014
- Chartered Manager (CMgr) – since April 2014
- Member of Chartered Management Institute (MCMI) –awarded March 2014
- Member of Leadership Foundation for Higher Education – since Nov 2013
- Member of the Risk and Security Management Forum (RSMF) – since September 2010