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Dr Matthew Johnson


Matthew Johnson

County South

Lancaster University


Lancaster LA1 4YL

United Kingdom

Tel: +44 1524 594254

Office Hours:

My office hours are Monday 3.30-4.30 and Tuesday 2-3.


Research overview

I have an eclectic range of research interests broadly converging around the politics of cultural diversity and the relationship between culture, wellbeing, institutions and circumstance. I have written about such topics in Ethnicities, Social Indicators Research, Educational Theory, Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy and Journal of Medical Ethics, my edited book, The Legacy of Marxism (Continuum), and my monograph, Evaluating Culture: Wellbeing, Institutions and Circumstance (Palgrave). I am founding editor of the journal, Global Discourse, which is published quarterly by Taylor and Francis (http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/rgld20) and have taught at the Universities of Newcastle, Queensland, Iceland and York. I am currently developing a project examining welfare regimes, cultural diversity and wellbeing by organising a cross-cultural exchange between people from an Aboriginal Australian community and Ashington, a former coalmining community in my native North East of England. The regional focus provides me with good reason to continue to waste yet more time (23 years and counting) and money watching Newcastle underachieve and self-destruct.

Research Interests

Conceptions of human wellbeing and flourishing

Needs and capabilities

Invasive cultural practices

Contemporary Marxism, intervention and development

The relationship between toleration and recognition and multiculturalism and value pluralism



‘Big Society’


See Promoting Wellbeing.

Current Teaching

PPR221 Modern Political Thought 1 and PPR399 BA Hons dissertation supervision

  • Published

    Cultural evaluation

    Johnson, M. 2014 Encyclopedia of quality of life and well-being research. Michalos, A. C. (ed.). Springer, p. 1388-1394 7 p.

    Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsEntry for encyclopedia/dictionary

  • Forthcoming


    Johnson, M. 2014 Conservatism and ideology. London: Routledge, p. 1-3 3 p.

    Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

  • Published


    Johnson, M. 2014 Circumcision, public health, genital autonomy and cultural rights. Johnson, M. & O'Branski, M. (eds.). London: Routledge, p. 1-3 3 p.

    Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

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