Politics and International Relations


Matthew joined the School in 2015 and is known for his work on Britain and Europe, radicalism, immigration and Euroscepticism. Matthew is a political scientist by training. He received his PhD from the University of Bath in 2007, after which he worked for 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 also recipient of an ESRC Knowledge Exchange Fellowship and spent twelve months on a full-time secondment in a central government department, working alongside policy makers on extremism and integration issues. In 2015 he was appointed Professor of Politics at the University of Kent.

Matthew's contribution to research has been recognised by several bodies. In 2014 he was recipient of the Richard Rose Prize for his distinctive contribution to the study of politics. In the same year, he was awarded the Communicator Prize for his dissemination of social science research to a wider audience. 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 around £1 million in external research funding.

Matthew has several other roles and responsibilities. Since 2008 he has been co-editor of the Routledge book series on Extremism and Democracy. Between 2011 and 2015 he served as a member of the UK government's working group on anti-Muslim hatred. Since 2013 he has been a Trustee and member of the executive committee of the Political Studies Association, a leading association for the study of politics that was founded in 1950. Matthew is an outward-facing researcher who shares the view that social science should be as much about contributing to wider society as to the social sciences.

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Goodwin, M., Clarke, H. and Whiteley, P. (2017). Why Britain Voted for Brexit: An Individual-Level Analysis of the 2016 Referendum Vote. Parliamentary Affairs.
Goodwin, M. and Ford, R. (2017). Britain After Brexit: A Nation Divided. Journal of Democracy [Online] 28:17-30. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/jod.2017.0002.
Goodwin, M., Cutts, D. and Milazzo, C. (2017). Defeat of the People's Army? The 2015 British General Election and the UK Independence Party (UKIP). Electoral Studies [Online]. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.electstud.2017.03.002.
Goodwin, M. and Heath, O. (2016). The 2016 Referendum, Brexit and the Left Behind: An Aggregate-level Analysis of the Result. The Political Quarterly [Online] 87:323-332. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-923X.12285.
Goodwin, M. and Ford, R. (2015). Different Class? UKIP's Social Base and Political Impact: A Reply to Evans and Mellon. Parliamentary Affairs [Online]. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/pa/gsv012.
Dennison, J. and Goodwin, M. (2015). Immigration, Issue Ownership and the Rise of UKIP. Parliamentary Affairs [Online] 68:168-187. Available at: http://doi.org/10.1093/pa/gsv034.
Goodwin, M., De Rooij, E. and Pickup, M. (2015). Threat, prejudice and the impacts of the riots in England. Social Science Research 51:369-383.
Cutts, D. and Goodwin, M. (2014). Getting out the right-wing extremist vote: extreme right party support and campaign effects at a recent British general election. European Political Science Review [Online] 6:93-114. Available at: http://doi.org/10.1017/S1755773912000288.
Goodwin, M., Cutts, D. and Janta-Lipinski, L. (2014). Economic Losers, Protestors, Islamophobes or Xenophobes? Predicting Public Support for a Counter-Jihad Movement. Political Studies [Online]:1-23. Available at: http://doi.org/10.1111/1467-9248.12159.
Ford, R. and Goodwin, M. (2014). Understanding UKIP: Identity, Social Change and the Left Behind. Political Quarterly [Online] 85:277-284. Available at: http://doi.org/10.1111/1467-923X.12099.
Goodwin, M., Ford, R. and Cutts, D. (2013). Extreme right foot soldiers, legacy effects and deprivation: A contextual analysis of the leaked British National Party (BNP) membership list. Party Politics [Online] 19:887-906. Available at: http://doi.org/10.1177/1354068811436034.
Goodwin, M. and Harris, G. (2013). Rallying intolerance in the valleys: Explaining support for the extreme right in Wales. British Politics [Online] 8:433-456. Available at: http://doi.org/10.1057/bp.2013.7.
Goodwin, M. (2013). Forever a False Dawn? Explaining the Electoral Collapse of the British National Party (BNP). Parliamentary Affairs [Online] 67:887-906. Available at: http://doi.org/10.1093/pa/gss062.
Ford, R., Goodwin, M. and Cutts, D. (2012). Strategic Eurosceptics and polite xenophobes: Support for the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) in the 2009 European Parliament elections. European Journal of Political Research [Online] 51:204-234. Available at: http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1475-6765.2011.01994.x.
Cutts, D., Ford, R. and Goodwin, M. (2011). Anti-immigrant, politically disaffected or still racist after all? Examining the attitudinal drivers of extreme right support in Britain in the 2009 European elections. European Journal of Political Research [Online] 50:418-440. Available at: http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1475-6765.2010.01936.x.
Ford, R. and Goodwin, M. (2010). Angry White Men: Individual and Contextual Predictors of Support for the British National Party. Political Studies [Online] 58:1-25. Available at: http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9248.2009.00829.x.
Goodwin, M. et al. (2010). Can we make environmental citizens? A randomised control trial of the effects of a school-based intervention on the attitudes and knowledge of young people. Environmental Politics [Online] 19:392-412. Available at: http://doi.org/10.1080/09644011003690807.
Goodwin, M. (2010). Activism in Contemporary Extreme Right Parties: The Case of the British National Party (BNP). Journal of Elections, Public Opinion & Parties [Online] 20:31-54. Available at: http://doi.org/10.1080/17457280903450690.
Goodwin, M. (2009). The Contemporary Radical Right: Past, Present and Future. Political Studies Review [Online] 7:322-329. Available at: http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1478-9302.2009.00193.x.
Goodwin, M. (2008). Research, Revisionists and the Radical Right. Politics [Online] 28:33-40. Available at: http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9256.2007.00308.x.
Goodwin, M. (2007). The Extreme Right in Britain: Still an 'Ugly Duckling' but for How Long? The Political Quarterly [Online] 78:241-250. Available at: http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-923X.2007.00851.x.
Goodwin, M. (2006). The Rise and Faults of the Internalist Perspective in Extreme Right Studies. Representation [Online] 42:347-364. Available at: http://doi.org/10.1080/00344890600951924.
Book section
Goodwin, M. (2015). The great recession and the rise of populist Euroscepticism in the United Kingdom. in: European Populism in the Shadow of the Great Recession. ECPR Press.
Goodwin, M. (2014). A breakthrough moment or false dawn? The great recession and the radical right in Europe. in: Sandelind, C. ed. European Populism and Winning the Immigration Debate. European Liberal Forum, pp. 15-40.
Goodwin, M. (2012). Backlash in the 'hood: Exploring Support for the British National Party at the Local Level. in: Mammone, A., Godin, E. and Jenkins, B. eds. Mapping the Far Right in Contemporary Europe: From Local to Transnational. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, pp. 17-32. Available at: https://www.routledge.com/products/9780415502658.
Goodwin, M. (2012). Mobilizing the workers? Extreme right party support and campaign effects at the 2010 British General Election. in: Rydgren, J. ed. Class Politics and the Radical Right. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.
Goodwin, M. et al. (2010). Who votes extreme right in 21st Century Britain? The social bases of support for the National Front and British National Party. in: The New Extremism in 21st Century Britain. Abingdon, Oxfordshire: Routledge, pp. 191-210. Available at: https://www.routledge.com/products/9780415494359.
Eatwell, R. and Goodwin, M. (2010). Introduction. in: Eatwell, R. and Goodwin, M. J. eds. The New Extremism in 21st Century Britain. Abingdon, Oxfordshire: Routledge, pp. 1-20. Available at: https://www.routledge.com/products/9780415494359.
Eatwell, R. and Goodwin, M. (2010). Conclusions. in: Eatwell, R. and Goodwin, M. J. eds. The New Extremism in 21st Century Britain. Abingdon, Oxfordshire: Routledge, pp. 231-248. Available at: https://www.routledge.com/products/9780415494359.
Goodwin, M. (2010). In search of the winning formula: Nick Griffin and the 'modernization' of the British National Party. in: Eatwell, R. and Goodwin, M. J. eds. The New Extremism in 21st Century Britain. Abingdon, Oxfordshire: Routledge, pp. 169-190. Available at: https://www.routledge.com/products/9780415494359.
Goodwin, M. (2009). Can we promote cohesion through contact? Intergroup contact and the development of community cohesion. in: Durose, C., Greasley, S. and Richardson, L. eds. Local Governance Changing Citizens? Bristol: Policy Press, University of Bristol, pp. 91-110.
Goodwin, M. (2016). Britain's EU Referendum - A Plausible Pathway to Brexit. Redburn. Available at: http://www.matthewjgoodwin.org/uploads/6/4/0/2/64026337/platform_matthew_goodwin2.pdf.
Goodwin, M. (2013). Preventing and countering far-right extremism and radicalisation: the United Kingdom and Germany. Institute for Strategic Dialogue, Ministry of Justice, Sweden.
Goodwin, M. (2013). How might changes in political allegiances affect notions of identity in the next ten years? Report for the Future of Identity Foresight Project, UK Government Office for Science. UK Government Office for Science. Available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/275765/13-511-changes-in-political-allegiances-affect-identity.pdf.
Goodwin, M., Roberts, C. and Harris, G. (2013). Far right groups and public attitudes in Wales: A community-based study. Welsh Government.
Goodwin, M. (2013). The roots of extremism: The English Defence League and the counter-Jihad challenge. Chatham House. Available at: https://www.chathamhouse.org/publications/papers/view/189767.
Goodwin, M. (2012). The New Radical Right: Violent and Non-Violent Movements in Europe. Institute for Strategic Dialogue & Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice.
Goodwin, M. (2011). Right response: Understanding and countering populist extremism. The Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House. Available at: https://www.chathamhouse.org/publications/papers/view/178301.
Goodwin, M. (2011). Recruiting to right-wing extremism: What do we know?. Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism.
Rao, N. et al. (2007). Improving the Representativeness of Councillors: Learning from Five High Performing Local Authorities in England. Communities and Local Government Publications. Available at: http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20120919132719/http://www.communities.gov.uk/documents/localgovernment/pdf/584153.pdf.
Goodwin, M. and Eatwell, R. (2005). The role of 'racist' groups in community tension. UK Home Office.
Goodwin, M., Clarke, H. and Whiteley, P. (2017). Brexit! Why Britain Voted to Leave the European Union. Cambridge University Press.
Goodwin, M. and Milazzo, C. (2015). Ukip: Inside the Campaign to Redraw British Politics. Oxford University Press.
Ford, R. and Goodwin, M. (2014). Revolt on the Right: Explaining Support for the Radical Right in Britain. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.
Goodwin, M. (2011). New British Fascism: Rise of the British National Party. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.
Goodwin, M. and Milazzo, C. (2015). Britain, the European Union and the Referendum: What drives Euroscepticism? [pdf]. Available at: https://www.chathamhouse.org/sites/files/chathamhouse/publications/research/20151209EuroscepticismGoodwinMilazzo.pdf.
Goodwin, M. (2014). Using evidence-based understanding to refine policy responses to right-wing extremism. [REF submission].
Goodwin, M. (2012). Submission of oral evidence on the roots of radicalisation, Home Affairs Committee. [oral evidence]. Available at: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201012/cmselect/cmhaff/1446/1446.pdf.
Edited book
Eatwell, R. and Goodwin, M.J. eds. (2010). The New Extremism in 21st Century Britain. [Online]. Abingdon, Oxfordshire: Routledge. Available at: https://www.routledge.com/products/9780415494359.
Internet publication
Goodwin, M. and Heath, O. (2016). Brexit Vote Explained: Poverty, Low Skills and Lack of Opportunities [Web article]. Available at: https://www.jrf.org.uk/report/brexit-vote-explained-poverty-low-skills-and-lack-opportunities.
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