Dr Matthew Wood


Department of Politics and International Relations

Senior Lecturer

Dr Matthew Wood
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Dr Matthew Wood
Department of Politics and International Relations
Modular Teaching Village
Northumberland Road
S10 1AJ

Matthew Wood is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Politics and International Relations and co-investigator of the South Yorkshire Sustainability Centre. He researches public policy in the UK and Europe, with an interest in the conditions for legitimate governance.


PhD in Politics, University of Sheffield, 2014.

Research interests

My current research interests include the politics of Brexit and its impact on political legitimacy in European governance; the role of technology and algorithms in managing governance problems, particularly in global urban cities. I am especially keen to supervise students interested in these themes in the fields of health and environmental governance.



  • Hervey T, Antova I, Flear ML & Wood M (2023) Not What The Bus Promised Health Governance after Brexit. Bloomsbury Publishing. RIS download Bibtex download

Journal articles


PI, ESRC Future Leaders Fellow, 2015-18; CI, ESRC Health Governance After Brexit: Law, Language and Legitimacy.

Teaching interests

My teaching proceeds from the idea that students are becoming young researchers and should hence learn the logic and process of doing research in Politics. All of my modules are structured like mini-research projects, that proceed from conceptual and theoretical discussions, to debating methods and methogology, and then researching and analysing data. I have been nominated twice for prizes in the Students Union teaching awards.

Teaching activities

Level 3: Anti-politics and Democratic Crisis; MA: Democratic Governance in the Twenty-first Century.

Professional activities and memberships

Trustee of the UK Political Studies Association, 2017-18.

Supervision Expertise
  • Governance and public policy
  • Health
  • Environment
  • Britain and Europe
  • Local politics/government

Current supervisions

Hasrul Hanif 2017-present.