Visiting Senior Fellow, Europe Programme
Matthew Goodwin

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Matthew J. Goodwin is currently Professor of Politics at Rutherford College, University of Kent, and Visiting Senior Fellow at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House.

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.

In 2010, he was appointed Lecturer in Political Science at the University of Nottingham. Shortly after, he was awarded an ESRC Knowledge Exchange Fellowship and spent twelve months developing counter-extremism policy on full-time secondment in a UK government department.

His work focuses on British and European politics, extremism, immigration and Euroscepticism. He holds a BA (Hons) with first-class honours, M.A. and PhD.

Areas of expertise

  • Extremism in contemporary Europe
  • Extreme right party voters and members
  • Immigration and 'community cohesion' policy
  • Voting behaviour in British politics

Past experience

2015 -Visiting Senior Fellow, Europe, Chatham House; Senior Fellow, UK in a Changing Europe
2015 -Professor of Politics, University of Kent
2009-15Lecturer, University of Nottingham
2007-09ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Manchester
2006-07Temporary Lecturer, University of Bath