Senior Lecturer
Political and Cultural Studies
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I’m Dr Matt Wall, a Senior Lecturer in Politics at Swansea University’s Department of Political and Cultural Studies (PCS). My research centres on the intersection of the digital and the political, particularly with regard to elections. I do research on digital election campaigns; Vote Advice Application websites; the effects of digital technologies on public opinion and political participation and Welsh, British and Irish politics. I have published articles in: The British Journal of Political Science; Public Opinion Quarterly; Party Politics; Electoral Studies; The Journal of Electronic Governance; Information Polity; Parliamentary Affairs; the Journal of Elections, Public Opinion, and Parties and the Journal of Information Technology and Politics. I am a contributor and editor of the academic blog site: www.politicalreform.ie. 

Areas of Expertise

  • vote choice
  • statistical analysis
  • voter advice applications
  • Election Forecasting
  • Betting Markets
  • Campaign effectiveness

Publications

  1. & Courting but Not Always Serving: Perverted Burkeanism and the Puzzle of Irish Parliamentary Cohesion. In Richard Johnston and Campbell Sharman (Ed.), Parties and Party Systems: Structure and Context.
  2. & The miracle of the markets: Identifying key campaign events in the Scottish independence referendum using betting odds. Electoral Studies 46, 39-47.
  3. & Internet Effects in Times of Political Crisis. Public Opinion Quarterly 80(2), 411-436.
  4. & Wired Voters: The Effects of Internet Use on Voters’ Electoral Uncertainty. British Journal of Political Science 45(04), 853-881.
  5. & Why bother campaigning? Campaign effectiveness in the 2009 European Parliament elections. Electoral Studies Forthcoming, n/a

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Teaching

  • PO-100 How Politics and IR count

    There are many indicators in Politics and IR that try to express in numerical form some information about countries. Similar to University league tables, such indicators allow us to compare for instance how well particular countries have accomplished specific goals (Human development index, gender development index, etc.) or to judge the quality of their institutions (Varieties of Democracy, Freedom House, etc.). But what is an indicator, how are these compiled and above all, by whom? In this module you will become acquainted with the purpose of quantification, its pitfalls, and advantages. We will discuss what data is, what to watch out for in measurement, and explore public opinions surveys and the use of social media such as twitter in data generation. By the end of the module you will know how to summarize data, interpret data in tabular and graphical form and have gained a solid understanding of the most common data used by governments, international organizations such as the United Nations and the World Bank, and scholars to analyze questions in human development, comparative politics, conflict studies and international relations. Hence, at the end of the module you will feel more comfortable around numbers and will be a knowledgeable and confident consumer of numerical information.

  • PO-395 Dissertation (PO-325)

    Subject to the approval of the Departmental Dissertations Tutor, students will choose their own area for research. They will be given guidance on research skills and techniques and supervised by a specialist research topic supervisor during the research for, and writing of, their dissertation. Dissertation word length - 8000 words.

  • PO-396 Researching Politics 1

    This module offers students a valuable experience of both individual and collective research as well as the opportunity to study in depth an important aspect of Politics and International Relations. After an introductory session students will work in small groups pursuing research into a specific topic using a wide variety of source materials under the guidance of a member of staff with appropriate specialist knowledge and expertise.

  • PO-397 Researching Politics 2

    This module offers students a valuable experience of both individual and collective research - as well as the opportunity to study in depth an important aspect of Politics and International Relations. Students extend and deepen the research undertaken in PO-396 Researching Politics 1 and continue to meet regularly in order to share ideas, opinions and sources. In these meetings, students evaluate, criticise and analyse issues concerning the topic under investigation. Minutes of the meetings are kept and the meetings are conducted with a view to arriving at a common position that will serve as the basis for producing a collectively authored report and presentation. Each student in the group also produces a shorter individual report on their own experience of Researching Politics, in the course of which they reflect on their individual contribution to the groups output. This self-assessment is validated by the other members of the group.

  • PO-M25 Dissertation

    Individual research based, under the guidance of appointed supervisor.

  • PO-M32 Conceptual Issues In the Theory and Practice of Social Sciences

    This module introduces MA students to philosophical and methodological issues relating to the possibilities, purpose and conduct of the social sciences. These issues are of great importance for the development of thinking about how to study political theory, political science or international relations. The intellectual reflection demanded by this module will feed into students¿ approaches to their work in the sub-disciplinary modules and dissertation.

Supervision

  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    MA
    Other supervisor: Prof Roland Axtmann
  • 'The Role of China''''s Post 90s and Millennial Generation in the Development of Public Environmentalism.' (current)

    Student name:
    MA
    Other supervisor: Prof Roland Axtmann
  • '''''Wrestling with Rebellion: Professional Wrestling, Oppression and Rebellion.' (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Luca Trenta
  • Nigeria’s political campaign practices in transition: Understanding the use of the web technologies in an unfamiliar culture. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Yan Wu
  • Engaging Young Voters with Vote Advice Application Technologies (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Stephen Lindsay
  • A critical exploration of the development, form and effects of corporate digital surveillance upon users and consumers (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Mr William Merrin
  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Ekaterina Kolpinskaya

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Postgraduate Research Officer - Political and Cultural Studies

    2016 - 2020

  • Admissions tutor - Political and Cultural Studies

    2013 - Present

  • Undergraduate Admissions Tutor - Political and Cultural Studies, Swansea University

    2012 - 2016

  • Admissions tutor - Politics and International Relations

    2012 - 2013

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
2012 Present Senior Lecturer in Politics Swansea University
2011 2012 Postdoctoral Researcher Université Libre de Bruxelles
2010 2011 Marie Curie Fellow – Experienced Researcher VU University, Amsterdam

External Responsibilities

  • Member of Peer Review College, Arts and Humanities Research Council

    2016 - Present

Key Grants and Projects

Research Groups

  • Digital Politics Research Group (DPRG)

    One of the research groups in Political and Cultural Studies, but including colleagues from Media and Computer Science, looking at the intersection of digital technology and politics.