Dr Neil Matthews
PhD, MA, BA (Hons)
Neil Matthews is an expert on Northern Irish politics. His research focus is concerned with questions of effective representation, governance, party democracy and performance in deeply-divided societies.
- Northern Ireland
- UK politics
- Power-sharing democracy
Senior Lecturer in PoliticsSchool of Sociology, Politics and International Studies
Neil Matthews joined SPAIS as Lecturer in British Politics from Queen's University Belfast in September 2016. He is Senior Tutor (PGT) in SPAIS. He has served as an Associate Editor for Irish Political Studies and is a member of a range of specialist groups on Irish Politics, British Politics and comparative party politics.
He works primarily on issues around party democracy, including political parties, public opinion, elections and voting behaviour. He has a long-standing interest in political party organisation and intra-party democracy, as well as political gender equality.
His research expertise is the case study of Northern Ireland, a case on which he has published research on elections, party organisation, political gender equality, power-sharing and the dimensionality of policy space. This research has informed the work of the Northern Ireland Assembly and several interest groups, including the Electoral Reform Society. He has also been involved in the collaborative design and analysis of Voter Advice Applications (VAAs) for several elections in Northern Ireland (2014-2017).
He is a regular commentator on Northern irish politics and his research has featured on a wide range of media platforms, including The Conversation, Belfast Telegraph, Irish News and Newsweek.
He is a co-investigator on the ESRC-funded project: Out of touch and out of time? A cross-temporal and cross-level analysis of the social and ideological distance between UK voters and political elites (2018-19).
He is currently undertaking collaborative research on gender and leadership in Northern Ireland; governance, party performance and power-sharing; the constituent-representative link in the United Kingdom.
Out of touch and out of time? A Cross-Temporal and Cross-Level Analysis of the Social and Ideological Distance between UK Voters and Political Elites
Managing organisational unitSchool of Sociology, Politics and International Studies
01/05/2018 to 31/08/2021
British Journal of Politics and International Relations
- Accepted/In press
Does receiving advice from Voter Advice Applications (VAAs) affect public opinion in deeply divided societies? Evidence from a field experiment in Northern Ireland
Irish Political Studies
Government and Opposition
Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics
- Periodical article
He teaches on the following undergraduate units:
POLI20014 Modern British Government and Politics
POLI30034 Northern Ireland: a case-study of ethno-national conflict and resolution.
He is willing to supervise PhD students undertaking research on: