Martyn graduated from the University of Leeds with BA and PhD Degrees in Geography. His PhD research, which was supervised by Professor (now Sir) Alan Wilson, was on residential location modelling. This location and transport modelling work was developed further in Martyn’s first appointment as a researcher in the Institute of Transport Studies also at Leeds. On moving to the Department of Geography at Salford University Martyn broadened his research work in transport in a study of the impacts of Greater Manchester’s Metrolink light rail scheme and added new research interests in health issues, particularly patient uptake of preventative medical services, and in resource allocation from central government to doctors and to local authorities. Martyn joined Cardiff University in 1993, since when he has undertaken research, mostly with colleagues, on: (i) spatial variations in mortality and in limiting long-term illness; (ii) resource allocation to health authorities for the National Assembly for Wales; (iii) an ESRC-funded study of residential preferences and sustainable urban living; and (iv) the impacts of British light rail schemes on car ownership and mode choice for work journeys.
Honorary Senior Research Fellow