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Matthew Goodwin

Associate Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences



Dr Matthew Goodwin is Associate Professor of Politics. He is also Associate Fellow at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House. Matthew's main area of research is political behaviour in Britain and Europe, with a particular interest in political parties, electoral behaviour, Euroscepticism and immigration. He has published widely in these areas, including three books, over twenty articles and numerous reports for domestic and foreign government departments and think-tanks. In 2014 Matthew was awarded the Richard Rose Prize by the Political Studies Association for his contribution to research.

Matthew has a BA (First Class) in Politics and Contemporary History (University of Salford), Master of Arts in Political Science (University of Western Ontario), and PhD in Political Science (University of Bath). His doctoral research examined why some citizens become actively involved in extreme right-wing movements, and was supervised by Professor Roger Eatwell.

Matthew was then Research Associate at the University of Manchester where he worked on a diverse range of research experiments with Professor Peter John. He continued to develop his research through a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship with the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). In 2010 Matthew was appointed Lecturer in the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Nottingham, and Associate Professor in 2012.

Matthew has completed numerous research projects for external organizations including but not limited to: the ESRC; Royal Institute of International Affairs; Leverhulme Trust; British Academy; Nuffield Foundation; Government of Wales; Department for Communities and Local Government; Department for Business, Innovation and Skills; Home Office; Young Foundation; Government Social Research Unit; Office for Security and Counter Terrorism; Eurasia Group; Greater Manchester Police; Burnley, Tameside, Rochdale and Oldham local authorities; and many others. In 2012-2013 he was seconded full-time under the ESRC Knowledge Exchange scheme to the Department for Communities and Local Government and from September 2014 will be completing a research project for the Leverhulme Trust. He also sits as an academic member of a cross-government working group on prejudice.

At Nottingham Matthew has assumed various administrative and leadership roles, serving as: member of the Learning Community Forum; member of Student Affairs Committee; First Year Tutor; Third Year tutor; member of the Research Ethics Committee; Deputy Director of the External Relations Committee; Director of Social Media; and Head of the British Politics Teaching Group. He was also Editor of the School blog and alongside other modules teaches a popular third-year module on the radical right in Europe.

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Expertise Summary

  • British politics, including elections and voting
  • UK Independence Party and Euroscepticism
  • Prejudice and far right politics

Research Summary

Matthew is the author of several books, including:

  • Revolt on the Right: Explaining Support for the Radical Right in Britain (Routledge, with Robert Ford)
  • New British Fascism: Rise of the British National Party (Routledge)
  • The New Extremism in 21st Century Britain (Routledge, co-edited with Roger Eatwell)

For a full list see his publications.

Selected Publications

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