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Dr Matthew Wall

Associate Professor, Politics, Philosophy and International Relations

Telephone number

+44 (0) 1792 602987

Email address

Office - 027
Ground Floor
James Callaghan
Singleton Campus
Available For Postgraduate Supervision
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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 Award Highlights Collaborations