Dr Neil Matthews

Dr Neil Matthews

Dr Neil Matthews
Lecturer in British Politics

2.02, 10 Priory Road,
11 Priory Road, Clifton, Bristol
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Telephone Number (0117) 92 88436

School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies

Personal profile

Ph.D (Queen's University Belfast); Research Fellow at Queen's University Belfast (2015-2016); Lecturer at the University of Bristol (2016-present)


My primary research interests lie in the general field of party democracy, including political parties, public opinion, elections and vote behaviour. I have a long-standing interest in political party organisation and intra-party democracy, as well as political gender equality.  

My research specialism is the case study of Northern Ireland (NI), a case in which I have published research on elections, party organisation, political gender equality and the dimensionality of policy space. I have also been involved in the design and analysis of Voter Advice Applications (VAAs) for elections in NI (2014 European Parliament; 2015 UK General Election; 2016 Northern Ireland Assembly election).  I held the position of Research Fellow on The Northern Ireland Assembly Election Study 2016 and I am currently undertaking collaborative research on electoral campaigning, citizen attitudes to parties, partisan engagement and apathy. 




Undergraduate courses:

Politics and Policy-making in the UK

Comparative Government and Politics: An Introduction


Fields of interest

Latest publications

  1. Matthews, N, 2017, ‘The changing face of party policy selection in post-devolution Northern Ireland’. British Politics.
  2. Matthews, N & Pow, J, 2017, ‘A fresh start? The Northern Ireland Assembly election 2016’. Irish Political Studies, vol 32., pp. 311-326
  3. Garry, J, Matthews, N & Wheatley, J, 2016, ‘Dimensionality of policy space in consociational Northern Ireland’. Political Studies, vol 65., pp. 493-511
  4. Matthews, N, 2015, ‘The selection of party leaders in Northern Ireland’. Parliamentary Affairs, vol 69., pp. 901?927
  5. Matthews, N, 2015, ‘Plus Ça Change: The 2014 Local Elections in Northern Ireland’. Irish Political Studies.
  6. Matthews, N, 2014, ‘Gendered Candidate Selection and the Representation of Women in Northern Ireland’. Parliamentary Affairs.
  7. Matthews, N, 2012, ‘The Northern Ireland Assembly Election 2011’. Irish Political Studies.

Full publications list in the University of Bristol publications system

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