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 Evidence & Policy, International Politics, Basic Income Studies,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 Researchand 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.


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Selected Publications Show all 115 publications

Measuring the health impact of Universal Basic Income as an upstream intervention: Holistic trial design that captures stress reduction is essential
Johnson, E., Johnson, M., Webber, L. 10/03/2020 In: Evidence and Policy : A Journal of Research Debate and Practice.
Journal article

Stress, domination and basic income: considering a citizens’ entitlement response to a public health crisis
Johnson, M.T., Johnson, E. 1/06/2019 In: Social Theory and Health. 17, 2, p. 253–271. 19 p.
Journal article

Exploring the health case for Universal Basic Income: Evidence from GPs working with precarious groups
Johnson, M., Geyer, R., Degerman, D. 5/11/2019 In: Basic Income Studies. 14, 2, 11 p.
Journal article

The Health Case for Universal Basic Income: Supporting Document for The Labour Party’s Report on Universal Basic Income
Johnson, M.T., Johnson, E. 2019
Other contribution

Universal basic income can directly reduce work-related stress
Johnson, M., Johnson, E. 20/08/2018
Web publication/site

A universal basic income could free GPs to focus on their real job
Johnson, M., Johnson, E. 15/10/2018
Other contribution