Matthew J. Goodwin is an academic, writer and speaker known mainly for his work on British and European politics, populism, Brexit and elections. He is 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 almost twenty years. He has published five books as well as dozens of articles, book chapters and research reports. 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, followed by a prestigious Postdoctoral Fellowship with the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). In 2010, he was appointed lecturer in political science at the University of Nottingham where his various research projects were supported by the Leverhulme Trust, Nuffield Foundation, Hermes Fellowship and the British Academy, among others. In 2012, Matthew was awarded an ESRC Knowledge Exchange Fellowship and spent one year 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 the wider public debate has been recognised by several bodies. In 2014, he was awarded the Richard Rose Prize, an award that is given to one scholar 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 and has worked with more than two hundred non-academic organisations. He enjoys running and eating books.