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Dr Matthew Johnson


Matthew Johnson

Lancaster University

County South



Tel: +44 1524 594254

Office Hours:

My office hours for Michaelmas term 2017/2018 will be Mondays 14:00-15:00 and Wednesdays 10:30-11:30.

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 these topics and others in journals such as Australian Journal of Political Science, Journal 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 published quarterly by Taylor and Francis and have taught at the Universities of Newcastle, Queensland, Iceland and York.

I am the principal investigator on a participatory project entitled A Cross-Cultural Working Group on ‘Good Culture’ and Precariousness, which involves non-academic community co-researchers from Ashington, a former coalmining community in my native North East of England, and Aboriginal Australian communities from around Brisbane, Australia, working together through exchanges to each other’s communities to examine and develop guidelines for ‘good’ cultural responses to precariousness. The project has been funded by a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship, a British Academy Rising Start Engagement Award, two FASS Knowledge Exchange Fellowships and The Centre for Community Policy, Research and Development, Australia (formerly Murri Mura Aboriginal Corporation). Two films covering the project have been produced by Brightmoon Media. An archive of video material, interviews and media coverage produced during the project is available at the project YouTube channel.

Research Interests

The relationship between culture, cultural diversity and human wellbeing

Invasive cultural practices, particularly FGM and male circumcision

Aboriginal Australian affairs

Multiculturalism and toleration

‘Big Society'

Contemporary Marxism and political ideology

 Ukraine, Russia and Eastern European politics


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

Current Teaching

PPR220 Modern Political Thought 1PPR344 Politics of Cultural Diversity, PPR389 Politics Employability and Engagement through Outreach, PPR399 BA Hons Dissertation supervision, PPR437 Conflict, Culture and Toleration, FASS644 Participatory Research, FASS510 Qualitative Research

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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