Dr Matthew Wall

Associate Professor, Political and Cultural Studies

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+44 (0) 1792 602987

Email address

Research Links

Available For Postgraduate Supervision

About

Dr Wall is a specialist in the study of elections and campaigns, with a particular focus on how the Internet is affecting contemporary campaign dynamics. He has produced over 20 peer-reviewed publications on these topics across a range of prestigious academic journals. Dr Wall holds a PhD in Political Science at Trinity College Dublin. He is a Marie Curie Fellow, having participated in the ELECDEM Initial Training Network as an Experienced Researcher at Kieskompas, based in the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam. Dr Wall completed a further postdoctoral fellowship at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, prior to taking up a Lectureship in Politics at Swansea University in 2012. While at Swansea, Dr Wall has led major, interdisciplinary and international research projects funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the CHERISH Digital Economy Centre. He is currently a co-director of Swansea University’s Politics and Governance Research Group as well as being the Director of the WISERD Politics and Governance Research Network.  

Areas Of Expertise

  • Election campaign dynamics
  • Online politics and the role of the Internet in contemporary campaigns
  • Vote Advice Application Websites
  • Election forecasting
  • Political Party Policy Analysis
  • Electoral System Consequences and Reform Dynamics

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests

My core teaching interest focuses on the methodological aspect of politics and international relations. I teach this at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and it is also a major component of my Postgraduate Research supervision. In teaching this topic, I empower students by placing them in the position of a researcher, exploring how the conceptual and practical choices made when trying to understand a political phenomenon can affect the nature of the knowledge that we gain through research. I also teach substantive courses on Elections, Campaigns, and Voters and Political Forecasting.

Research

My research covers a wide range of aspects of my core focus on the electoral process. My early work focused on electoral systems, both in terms of their consequences and the processes that lead to their reform. The main body of my research examines how the advent and mass adoption of Internet technologies is affecting election campaigns – looking at how these technologies are affecting voters, political actors, and the wider dynamics of political campaigning. I have focused particularly on how online ‘Voter Advice Application’ tools are designed and how they can influence participation and vote choice. My most recent work uses online political gambling markets to generate fresh insights into the granular unfolding of political campaigns over time.    

Award Highlights

I have received several awards over the course of my career, these include:
An Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS) Postgraduate Scholarship, at Trinity College Dublin.
A Marie Curie Fellowship at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam
A Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Université Libre de Bruxelles
An Arts and Humanities Research Council Research Funding Award at Swansea University
A CHERISH-DE Digital Crucible Alumus Award at Swansea University

Collaborations

I have been involved in several research and impact collaborations during my time at Swansea University.
Notable examples include:
A series of co-authored research articles with Dr Leonardo Baccini (McGill University) and Laura Sudulich (University of Essex) focusing on the effects of online newsgathering on public opinion.
An ongoing collaboration with Dr Rory Costello (University of Limerick) and Dr Stephen Lindsay (Computer Science, Swansea University) on using gambling odds to analyse political campaigns.
Membership of a consortium with Oxford Brookes University; the Oxford Internet Institute; the University of Surrey and the University of Bath producing voter advice application websites for UK elections.