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Dr Matthew Johnson

Senior Lecturer

Matthew Johnson

County South



Tel: +44 1524 594254

Office Hours:

Wednesday 11:00-12:00

Friday 16:00-17:00

Research overview

My research interests broadly converge around the relationship between culture, public policy and wellbeing, leading me to examine such diverse topics as: Universal Basic Income and its effect on public health; national identity and austerity and their contribution to Brexit; genital cutting and invasive practices, and Widening Participation and Higher Education outreach. I am always interested in hearing from people who are interested in researching in these areas.

I have written about such topics and others in journals such as Evidence & PolicyInternational PoliticsBasic Income Studies, Social Theory & HealthAustralian Journal of Political ScienceJournal of Widening Participation and Lifelong LearningBritish Journal of Educational Studies, Australian Journal of Politics and History, Critical Review of International Social and Political PhilosophyJournal of Medical EthicsEducational TheorySocial Indicators Research and Ethnicities, several edited books, including The Legacy of Marxism (Bloomsbury), and my monograph, Evaluating Culture: Wellbeing, Institutions and Circumstance (Palgrave). I am the founding editor of the journal, Global Discourse, which is in its 10th year and is published quarterly by Bristol University Press.

I have secured over £550,000 in funding to lead a number of research projects, including an international, interdisciplinary, participatory study entitled ‘A Cross-cultural Working Group on “Good Culture” and Precariousness’, which involved a research network of over 30 academics and embedded exchanges between community members from Ashington, Northumberland and Aboriginal groups around Brisbane. Two films covering the project have been produced by Brightmoon Media. My work has also been covered on the BBC One Show and Al Jazeera and in The Independent and ABC and I am a regular contributor to national and international media.

I am a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and have taught at the Universities of Newcastle, Queensland, Iceland and York. I founded and co-ordinated the Association for Academic Outreach (AFAO), which facilitates discussion, research, development and dissemination of outreach good practice by and for academics.




Research Interests

National identity, Britishness, Englishness, Northerness

British Politics

Universal Basic Income

The relationship between culture, cultural diversity and human wellbeing

Invasive cultural practices, particularly FGM and male circumcision

‘Big Society'


See A Cross-Cultural Working Group on ‘Good Culture’ and Precariousness

Current Teaching

Additional Information


My work has been covered by The Independent, Al Jazeera, the BBC and various other newspapers and outlets.

I have contributed essays to Foreign Affairs, The ABC, The Conversation, Journal of Medical Ethics Blog and London Economic.

I have been interviewed on, among other things, British politics, regional politics in the North East and North West, Aboriginal politics, cultural diversity, Eastern European politics, the Ukraine conflict. Since 2015, I have been BBC Radio Cumbria’s General Election night analyst. I am more than happy to be interviewed on the broad topics outlined under ‘research interests’ above.

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