Matthew J. Goodwin is an academic, writer and speaker known mainly for his work on British and European politics, extremism, immigration and Euroscepticism. He is currently Professor of Politics at Rutherford College, University of Kent, and Senior Visiting Fellow at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House. He lives in London.
Matthew is a trained political scientist and has been undertaking research for more than ten years. He holds a BA (Hons) with first-class honours, M.A. and PhD. His first academic post was at a self-funded research institute at the University of Manchester. He was then awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship with the Economic and Social Research Council. In 2010, he was appointed Lecturer in Political Science at the University of Nottingham, where he managed several large research projects for the Leverhulme Trust, Nuffield Foundation, British Academy and as a Hermes Fellow. He was then awarded an ESRC Knowledge Exchange Fellowship and spent twelve months developing counter-extremism policy 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. You can connect with him on Linked In. Matthew's distinctive contribution to social science research and public debate is recognised by several bodies. In 2014 he was awarded the Richard Rose Prize, awarded to one person annually for their contribution to the study of politics. In the same year he was 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. Since completing his PhD he has attracted more than £1 million in external research funding.
Matthew has several other roles and responsibilities. Since 2008 he has co-edited the Routledge book series on Extremism and Democracy and between 2011-2015 served as a member of the UK government's working group on anti-Muslim hatred. Between 2013-2016 he served his profession as a Trustee and executive committee member of the Political Studies Association, which since 1950 has promoted the study of politics. 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, working with over two hundred non-academic organisations, including but not limited to:
Central Intelligence Agency, United States
European Parliament, Brussels
Ministry of Security and Justice, Netherlands
Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism, United Kingdom
National Security Agency, United States
Council of Europe, Strasbourg
Home Office, United Kingdom
The Welsh Government
Government Office for Science, United Kingdom
Department for Communities and Local Government,
Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House