Matt Beech

Dr Matt Beech

Reader in Politics

Faculty of Business, Law and Politics

01482 465724

Matt Beech is a political scientist and historian who teaches post-war British political history, government and ideas. He is founding Director of the Centre for British Politics, Senior Fellow at the Institute of European Studies, UC Berkeley and Associate Member of the Centre de Recherches en Civilisation Britannique, Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris 3. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Member of the Heterodox Academy.

Matt has appeared in The Times, The Washington Post, Financial Times, USA Today, Chicago Tribune, Le Figaro, Les Echos and on programmes for BBC Radio 4, Radio France International, BBC Parliament and CNBC Asia.

He is currently working on two projects: a monograph From Blair to Brexit (Palgrave, 2021); and a paper on Brexit and the Decentered State.


Research Interests

  • Culture Wars
  • Brexit
  • Conservative Party
  • Labour Party 
  • Post-war history


M. Beech & P. Munce, ‘The Place of Human Rights in Conservative Foreign Policy: Sceptics or Enthusiasts?’, in British Journal of Politics and International Relations, Vol. 21, (1), 2019, 116-131. 

M. Beech, K. Hickson & R. Plant (eds.), The Struggle for Labour's Soul: Understanding Labour's Political Thought Since 1945, 2nd edition, (London: Routledge, 2018). 

M. Beech, ‘Neo-liberalism, New Labour and the Welfare State’, in R. Backhouse, B. Bateman, T. Nishizawa and D. Plehwe (eds.) Liberalism and the Welfare State: Economists and Arguments for the Welfare State (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017), 118-130. 

M. Beech & S. Lee (eds.), The Conservative-Liberal Coalition: Examining the Cameron-Clegg Government, (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015). 

M. Beech & T. J. Oliver, ‘Humanitarian Intervention and Foreign Policy in the Conservative-led Coalition’, in Parliamentary Affairs, Vol. 67, (1), January 2014, 102-118.

Full list


Modules list

  • British Political History Since 1945

  • British Government

  • Conflicts in British Culture

Research PhDs

  • British Politics

  • British Political History Since 1945

Completed PhDs

  • T. J. Oliver, Britannia Rules? Does the Coalition Government Represent a Continuation of an Elite Conception of Britain's Place in the World?

Completed Post-Doctoral Fellowships

  • P.D. Munce, Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship - British Conservatism and the Protection of Human Rights in the UK 

Teaching awards and accolades

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

  • PGCertHE, University of Hull

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • PhD Politics, University of Southampton (2004)

  • MSc Econ International Politics, University of Wales Aberystwyth (2001)

  • BSc Econ International Politics and International History, University of Wales Aberystwyth (1999)

External roles

  • Member of the Executive Committee of the American Political Science Association’s British Politics Group (BPG)

  • Member of the Editorial Board for Policy Studies (Taylor & Francis)

  • Member of the Hetrodox Academy

  • Public Policy Consultant for York Associates

Awards and accolades

  • Associate Member of the Centre de Recherches en Civilisation Britannique, Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris 3

  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts

  • Fellow of the Royal Historical Society

  • Senior Fellow, Institute of European Studies, UC Berkeley

  • Visiting Scholar, Institute of European Studies, UC Berkeley (Jan-May 2017)

  • International Visiting Research Fellowship, Flinders University (Feb-March 2015)

  • Thorneycroft Memorial Scholarship, University of Southampton (Sept 2002-Sept 2003)

Professional highlights

Spoken at the House of Commons, the House of Lords, UC Berkeley, Duane Morris LLP San Francisco, Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris 3, University of Adelaide and Hitotsubashi University.

Written evidence published by the House of Lords Select Committee on Soft Power and the UK’s Influence and by the Committee on Standards in Public Life report into donations and funding of British political parties.