Professor Matthew Goodwin

Director of the Centre for UK Prosperity
@ Legatum Institute

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  • Bio

Matthew J. Goodwin is Director of the Legatum Institute’s Centre for UK Prosperity. He is also Professor of Political Science at the University of Kent and Associate Fellow at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House. Matthew is the author of six books, including Revolt on the Right (political book of the year 2015, longlisted for the Orwell Prize); Brexit: Why Britain Voted to Leave the European Union; and National Populism (a Sunday Times bestseller). Matthew has conducted research for nearly two decades on voting, elections, public attitudes, British politics, and low-income communities as well as publishing dozens of peer-reviewed academic studies in top-ranked journals, research reports and briefings. These include major studies of Brexit, British politics, terrorist attacks, rising ethnic diversity across the West, and the future of Europe.

Matthew has engaged with more than 300 non-academic organisations on issues relating to geo-political volatility, from the UK Prime Minister’s Office and the President of Germany to the U.S. State Department and World Bank. In November 2020, Matthew was appointed as a permanent advisor to the Education Select Committee. He has previously served as an academic advisor to the UK Government on tackling anti-Muslim hatred from 2013-15, and in 2012-13 was seconded to the Department for Communities and Local Government to advise on integration, social cohesion, and anti-extremism measures. 

Matthew regularly interviews politicians, activists and campaigners from across the political spectrum and appears regularly in international media including BBC News, Financial Times, New York Times and Politico. He tweets from @GoodwinMJ.

  • My Upcoming Events

  • Northern Economic Summit

    • 02-12-2021
    • 09:15 - 16:45
    • The Studio, Manchester