Dr Mark Goodwin

Dr Mark Goodwin

Department of Political Science and International Studies

Contact details

Department of Political Science and International Studies
School of Government and Society
Muirhead Tower
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston, Birmingham,
B15 2TT, United Kingdom

Mark is a political scientist, specialising in British politics, the UK Parliament and public policy.


  • PGCert Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (De Montfort University)
  • PhD Political Science (Birmingham)
  • MA Political Science Research Methods (Birmingham)
  • BSocSci Politics (Manchester)


Mark is a political scientist, specialising in British politics, the UK Parliament and public policy . He joined POLSIS in 2015 following three years as Mellon Fellow in Public Policy at the University of Cambridge. He previously worked as a research assistant in higher education pedagogy and lecturer in public administration at De Montfort University.

Mark's research projects have included studies of education policy in England, regulation of human biotechnologies, and the committee system of the UK Parliament. He is currently working on an evaluation of the UK Parliamentary Select Committee system


Mark is currently teaching:

  • Topics in British Politics
  • British Politics
  • Developments in Contemporary Political Analysis


Research and academic interests

  • The UK Parliament
  • British politics and public policy
  • Science policy
  • Education policy
  • Social class and politics

Current projects

  • Select Committee Data Archive Project , 1979-2015
  • BRIDGE (Birmingham-Illinois partnership) - Committee Systems as Legislative Actors


"Do UK MPs Engage More with Select Committee Work Since the Wright Reforms? An Interrupted Time Series Analysis 1979-2016", (2017) Parliamentary Affairs, available online at doi.org/10.1093/pa/gsx007 (with Stephen Bates, Steve Mackay)

“Modernising Parliament”, in C. Leston-Bandeira & L. Thomspon (eds.), Exploring Parliament, (2017), Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming (with Martyn Atkins)

Goodwin,M. & Bates, S., (2016), "The Powerless Parliament?: Agenda-Setting and the Role of the UK Parliament in the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008", British Politics, 11:2

Goodwin, M, (2015), "Schools Policy, Governance and Politics under New Labour", Political Studies Review, 13:4 , .

Goodwin, M, (2015), "Political Science?: Does Scientific Training Predict MPs Voting Behaviour?", Parliamentary Affairs, 68:2, 371-392

Goodwin, M, (2011) "English Education Policy after New Labour", Political Quarterly, 82:3, pp. 407-424

Goodwin, M & Grix, J, (2011) "Bringing Structures Back In: The 'governance narrative', the ‘decentred approach’ and ‘asymmetrical network governance’ in the education and sport policy communities", (with Jonathan Grix), Public Administration, 89:2, 537-556

Goodwin, M, (2009), “Which Networks Matter in Education Governance: A Reply to Ball’s ‘New Philanthropy, New Networks and New Governance in Education’”, Political Studies, 57:3, pp. 680-687

Goodwin, M, (2009), “Choice in Public Services: Crying ‘wolf’ in the school choice debate”, Political Quarterly, 80:2, pp. 270-281


  • UK Parliament
  • British politics
  • British political parties
  • British elections

Media experience

Commentary for BBC radio, ABC News, Bloomberg UK, The Conversation. Frequent contributor to EA WorldView (http://eaworldview.com/) and Political WorldView (http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/government-society/podcasts/political-worldview.aspx)