Dr Matthew Johnson

Senior Lecturer

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 Social Theory & Health, Australian Journal of Political Science, Journal of Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning, British Journal of Educational Studies, Australian Journal of Politics and History, Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, Journal of Medical Ethics, Educational Theory, Social 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 will be published quarterly by Bristol University Press from 2019 onwards.

I have secured over £500,000 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 have taught at the Universities of Newcastle, Queensland, Iceland and York and am the founder and co-ordinator of the Association for Academic Outreach (AFAO), which facilitates discussion, research, development and dissemination of outreach good practice by and for academics.

Profiles Lancaster University Profile ORCID Academia ResearchGate ResearcherID Mendeley Publons LinkedIn Websites Global Discourse Twitter A Cross-Cultural Working Group on 'Good Culture' and Precariousness Association for Academic Outreach Politics Outreach YouTube Archive: A Cross-Cultural Working Group

Association for Academic Outreach Evidence Submission to the UPP Foundation Civic University Commission 2018
Association for Academic Outreach, Talbot, J., Awesti, A., Bowden, G., Danvers, E., Foster, J.M., Hejmadi , M., Hinton-Smith , T., Lazarus, J., Melhuish , C., Moffat, L.R., O’Tuama, S., Walker, D., Watson, J., Williams, S., Harris, N. 31/07/2018
Other contribution

Stress, domination and basic income: considering a citizens’ entitlement response to a public health crisis
Johnson, M.T., Johnson, E. 20/06/2018 In: Social Theory and Health. 19 p.
Journal article

Fundamentalism: examining the role of public reason in ‘non-liberal’ approaches to ‘unreasonable’ doctrines
Johnson, M.T., Mabon, S.P. 9/03/2018 In: Australian Journal of Political Science. 53, 2, p. 195-210. 16 p.
Journal article

Widening Participation: Developing ‘Academic’ Programmes in Light of Recruitment Pressure
Johnson, M.T., Mutton, R. 1/01/2018 In: Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning. 20, 1, p. 123-145. 23 p.
Journal article

Introduction: Precariousness Community and Participation
Johnson, M.T. 12/2017 In: Global Discourse. 7, 4, 4 p.
Editorial

Marx, Romanticism and the Importance of Superstructure in Evaluating Progress
Johnson, M.T. 7/06/2017 In: International Critical Thought. 7, 2, p. 205-218. 14 p.
Journal article

Getting Multiculturalism Right: Deontology and the Concern for Neutrality
Johnson, M.T. 29/04/2017 In: Open Cultural Studies. 1, 1, p. 32-45. 14 p.
Journal article

Communicating politics
Johnson, M.T. 2/07/2016 In: British Journal of Educational Studies. 64, 3, p. 315-335. 21 p.
Journal article

Pearson and responsibility:: (mis-)understanding the capabilities approach
Johnson, M.T., Brigg, M., Graham, M. 23/06/2016 In: Australian Journal of Politics and History. 62, 2, p. 251-267. 17 p.
Journal article

An Introduction to the Global Discourse Annual Book Review Competition 2015
Garnett, M.A., Macleod, C., Mabon, S.P., Johnson, M.T., Kapur, S. 12/02/2016 In: Global Discourse. 6, 1-2, 4 p.
Editorial

‘Big Society’, 'good culture’, and aspiration
Johnson, M.T. 02/2016 British Academy Review, 27, p. 52-56. 5 p.
Article

A Guide for Communities Working with Academics on Participatory Research Projects
Gallagher, V., Johnson, M.T., O'Dowd, S., Barret, D., Richardson, J. 2016
Other contribution

Conservatism and ideology
Johnson, M., Garnett, M., Walker, D.M. 2/08/2015 London : Routledge. 188 p. ISBN: 9781138852020.
Book

Introduction
Johnson, M. 2/08/2015 In: Conservatism and ideology. London : Routledge p. 1-3. 3 p. ISBN: 9781138852020.
Chapter

Protest: analysing current trends
Johnson, M., Suliman, S. 7/01/2015 London : Routledge. 304 p. ISBN: 9781138841086.
Book

Conservatism and ideology
Johnson, M. 2015 In: Global Discourse. 5, 1, 3 p.
Editorial

Communist manifesto
Johnson, M. 1/11/2014 In: Historical dictionary of Marxism. Rowman and Littlefield
Entry for encyclopedia/dictionary

Economic and philosophical manuscripts
Johnson, M. 1/11/2014 In: Historical dictionary of Marxism. Rowman and Littlefield
Entry for encyclopedia/dictionary

Grundrisse
Johnson, M. 1/11/2014 In: Historical dictionary of Marxism. Rowman and Littlefield
Entry for encyclopedia/dictionary

Tuva
Johnson, M. 1/11/2014 In: Historical dictionary of Marxism. Rowman and Littlefield
Entry for encyclopedia/dictionary

Introduction
Johnson, M. 12/09/2014 In: Precariat. London : Routledge p. 1-3. 3 p. ISBN: 9781138803206.
Chapter

Precariat: labour, work and politics
Johnson, M. 12/09/2014 London : Routledge. 208 p. ISBN: 9781138803206.
Book

Circumcision, public health, genital autonomy and cultural rights
Johnson, M., O'Branski, M. 2014 London : Routledge. 206 p. ISBN: 9780415735445.
Book

Cultural evaluation
Johnson, M. 2014 In: Encyclopedia of quality of life and well-being research. Springer 7 p.
Entry for encyclopedia/dictionary

Introduction: precariat
Johnson, M. 2014 In: Global Discourse. 3, 3-4, 3 p.
Editorial

Introduction
Johnson, M. 2014 In: Circumcision, public health, genital autonomy and cultural rights. London : Routledge p. 1-3. 3 p. ISBN: 9780415735445.
Chapter

The crisis of the twenty-first century: empire in an age of austerity
Johnson, M., Foster, R., Edward, M. 2014 London : Routledge. 236 p. ISBN: 9780415731874.
Book

Towards a theory of cultural evaluation
Johnson, M. 2014 In: Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy. 17, 2, p. 145-167. 23 p.
Journal article

Introduction to the journal
Johnson, M. 14/08/2013 In: Global Discourse. 3, 1, 2 p.
Editorial

Religious circumcision, invasive rites, neutrality and equality: bearing the burdens and consequences of belief
Johnson, M. 07/2013 In: Journal of Medical Ethics. 39, 7, p. 450-455. 6 p.
Journal article

Evaluating culture: well-being, institutions and circumstance
Johnson, M. 2013 Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan. 216 p. ISBN: 9780230296565.
Book

Introduction: circumcision, public health, genital autonomy and cultural rights
Johnson, M., O'Branski, M. 2013 In: Global Discourse. 3, 2, 3 p.
Editorial

Evaluating cultures: the instrumentalism, pluralist perfectionism, and particularism of John Gray
Johnson, M.T. 10/2012 In: Educational Philosophy and Theory. 62, 5, p. 553-572. 20 p.
Journal article

Progress, anti-isms and revolutionary subjects: the importance of transcending liberalism
Johnson, M. 2012 In: The legacy of Marxism. New York : Continuum p. 91-116. 26 p. ISBN: 9781441143020.
Chapter

The legacy of Marxism: contemporary developments, conflicts and challenges
Johnson, M. 2012 New York : Continuum. 215 p. ISBN: 9781441103499.
Book

Towards the development of objective, universal criteria of cultural evaluation: the challenges posed by anti-foundationalism, culturalism and romanticism
Johnson, M.T. 06/2011 In: Social Indicators Research. 102, 2, p. 275-296. 20 p.
Journal article

Introduction: Examining the relevance of Marxism to global society
Johnson, M. 01/2011 In: Global Discourse. 2, 1, 2 p.
Editorial

Male genital mutilation: beyond the tolerable?
Johnson, M. 06/2010 In: Ethnicities. 10, 2, p. 181-207. 27 p.
Journal article

Editorial introduction
Johnson, M. 01/2010 In: Global Discourse. 1, 1, 4 p.
Editorial

International relations theory: a critical introduction by Cynthia Weber
Johnson, M. 01/2010 In: Global Discourse. 1, 2, 4 p.
Book/Film/Article review