Professor Matt Qvortrup

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Professor Matt Qvortrup

Chair of Applied Political Science

My Research Vision

“The state is a partnership of families living together and its object is a full and independent life”. This is how Aristotle (386-322 BC) summed up the role of politics. It is also how I see the world. I am a political scientist who believes political institutions and constitutions that can improve the lives of all – especially those who are victims of war, poverty and other forms of hardship. Politics is not just neutral reflection but a practical discipline devoted to making our dreams of a better world come true.


Matt Qvortrup is Professor of Applied Political Science and International Relations at Coventry University. An expert on comparative constitutional engineering and European Politics, Professor Qvortrup's book Angela Merkel: Europe's Most Influential Leader (, was described by Kirkus Reviews as "necessary reading for anyone who wants to broaden his or her perspective on the world today." (

Awarded the PSA Prize in 2013 for his research on ‘Terrorism and Political Science’, he served as a Specialist Advisor to the House of Commons Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee.

He has previously worked as member of President Obama’s Special Envoy Team in Africa (2009-2010). Before his career as an academic Dr Qvortrup served as Head of the Gun Crime Section in the British Home Office (2002-2004) and before that as a Special Advisor to the Home Secretary (Minister for the Interior)

Professor Qvortrup earned his doctorate in Politics at Brasenose College, University of Oxford in 2000. Also a qualified lawyer, he holds a Diploma from the College of Law, London.

A frequent commentator for the BBC, Professor Qvortrup writes regularly for Bloomberg.

Selected Outputs

Inaugural Lecture

Peace, Prosperity and Good Government 


  • Qvortrup, M (2016)Angela Merkel: Europe's Most Influential Leader, New York: Overlook Press
  • Qvortrup, M. (2014) Referendums and Ethnic Conflict. Pittsburgh: University of Pennsylvania Press
  • Qvortrup, M. (Ed.) (2014) Referendums Around the World. Basingstoke: Palgrave

Selected Articles in Journals (Peer Reviewed)

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Chair of Applied Political Science

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