Matthew J. Goodwin is an academic, writer and speaker known for his work on British and European politics, political volatility and risk, populism, Brexit and electoral behaviour. He is Professor of Politics at Rutherford College, University of Kent, and Senior Visiting Fellow at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House. Matthew is the author of six books, numerous peer-reviewed academic studies, research reports and briefings. He lives in London and tweets @GoodwinMJ
Matthew is a political scientist and has been undertaking research for almost twenty years. He holds a BA (First Class Hons), M.A. and PhD. After completing his PhD he joined the Institute for Political and Economic Governance at the University of Manchester and then took up a prestigious Postdoctoral Fellowship with the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). In 2010, Matthew joined the University of Nottingham where his various research projects were supported by, among others, the Leverhulme Trust, Nuffield Foundation, Hermes Fellowship and British Academy. Matthew was then awarded an ESRC Knowledge Exchange Fellowship and spent one year on full-time secondment in a UK government department. In 2015, he was appointed Professor of Politics at the University of Kent and in the same year awarded an ESRC Senior Fellowship to examine Britain's 2016 EU referendum (extended until 2018). You can also connect with him on Linked In. Matthew's distinctive contribution to social science research and public debate has been recognised by several bodies. In 2014, he was awarded the Richard Rose Prize, given to one scholar annually for their contribution to the study of politics. He has also been awarded the Communicator Prize for his dissemination of research to non-academic audiences. In 2015, he won the Paddy Power Political Book of the Year for Revolt on the Right, co-authored with Robert Ford, which was also long-listed for the Orwell Prize.
Since completing his PhD Matthew has attracted more than £2 million in external funding. He has also fulfilled several other roles and responsibilities including but not limited to: co-editor of the Routledge book series on Extremism and Democracy; academic member of the UK government's working group on anti-Muslim hatred (2011-2015); Trustee and executive committee member of the Political Studies Association (2013-16); external examiner at the University of Edinburgh (2015-2019); Horizon 2020 major grant reviewer (2018); ESRC grant review panel; and Director of Impact and Postgraduate Research (Kent).
Matthew is an outward-facing researcher who believes that social science should be as much about contributing to wider society as to social science. He engages widely and has worked with more than two hundred non-academic organisations, ranging from the UK Home Office and Number 10 Downing Street to the European Commission and the U.S. State Department (see speaking).