Co-Director; Professor of Political Theory, School of Politics and International Relations
Mathew Humphrey joined the School of Politics and International Relations in 1998, and was Head of School from 2012-2016. He is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Political Ideologies. His main research interests cover two overlapping areas. Firstly the study of ideologies and conceptual deconstestation, and how political ideas operate at the ‘everyday’ level, far removed from the sphere of professional political philosophy. The second area of interest is environmental politics, and he is currently involved in a Horizon 2020-funded research project looking at the feasibility of large-scale carbon capture and storage, working with partners in Italy, Spain, The Netherlands, and the Czech Republic, among others. He is also involved in research on public attitudes to shale gas extraction in the UK.
Key publications include Authenticity: the Cultural History of a Political Concept (with Maiken Umbach, Palgrave, 2018); ‘The Political is Personal: An Analysis of Crowd-Sourced Political Ideas and Images from a Massive Open Online Course’ Journal of Political Ideologies (with M. Umbach & Z. Clulow, forthcoming 2019); ‘Variation in beliefs about fracking between the UK and US Environmental Research Letters (with Evensen, D., Stedman R.C.,O’Hara, S.L and Andersson-Hudson, J, 2017); ‘Comparing the relationship between knowledge and support for hydraulic fracturing between residents of the United States and the United Kingdom’ Energy Research and Social Science (with Stedman, R.C., Evesen, D, O'Hara, S.L. and Humphrey, M., 2016).