Matthew Johnson is Professor of Politics at Northumbria University, Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (PFHEA) and founding Editor of Global Discourse. He has led a number of engagement-rich, high-impact, interdisciplinary and international projects. Matthew has secured over £1m to fund this work, focusing most recently on examination of the public health case for Universal Basic Income (UBI) as a means of mitigating health inequalities. His work is centrally concerned with addressing issues of inequality, social justice and exclusion both in his native North East and beyond.
Matthew has a commitment to participatory research and has led a number of co-produced and co-directed 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. His work has also been covered on the BBC One Show and Al Jazeera and in The Independent and elsewhere. Matthew is a regular contributor to national and international media.
Matthew is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, has twice been nominated for a National Teaching Fellowship, and has taught at the Universities of Newcastle, Queensland, Iceland and York. He was the founder and co-ordinator of the Association for Academic Outreach (AfAO), which facilitates research, development and dissemination of outreach good practice by and for academics.