Dr Matthew Whiting

Dr Matthew Whiting

Department of Political Science and International Studies
Lecturer in Comparative Politics

Contact details

Department of Political Science and International Studies
School of Government
Muirhead Tower
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Matthew Whiting joined POLSIS in 2017. His research interests focus on the radicalisation and moderation of non-state armed groups, with a particular interest in the cases of Irish republicanism and the Kurds in Turkey.


  • PhD in Comparative Politics, LSE
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education, LSE
  • MSc in Political Sociology, University College Dublin
  • BA (Hons) in Sociology, Trinity College Dublin


Matthew Whiting is a Lecturer in comparative politics at POLSIS. His research uses mixed methods to examine the moderation and radicalisation of non-state armed group and state responses to internal threats. He has a particular interest in the Kurds in Turkey and Sinn Féin and the IRA in Northern Ireland.

He completed his PhD at the LSE in 2014. He previously worked as a Teaching Fellow at the LSE (where he won two teaching excellence awards), a Lecturer at the University of Kent, and a Research Associate at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations at Coventry University.


  • Professional Development Module
  • Rebels and Revolutionaries: The Politics of Non-State Armed Groups


Research interests

  •  Non-state armed groups
  • State responses to internal threats
  • Democratisation
  • Ethnic conflict
  • Kurds in Turkey
  • Northern Ireland 

 Current projects

Matthew is currently undertaking an analysis of why some non-state armed groups are more likely to become political parties than others, using qualitative comparative analysis.

He is also working on a project on the state of emergency in Turkey after the failed coup of 2016 and a project on polarization in Northern Ireland following the peace process.


Ozerdem, A. and Whiting, M. (2019) The Routledge Handbook on Turkish Politics. Routledge.

Kaya, Z.N. and Whiting, M. (2019) 'The HDP, the AKP and the Battle for Turkish Democracy' in Ethnopolitics, forthcoming.

Whiting, M. (2018) Sinn Féin and the IRA. From Revolution to Moderation. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Kaya, Z.N. and Whiting, M. (2017) Sowing Division. Kurds in the Syrian War. Middle East Policy 24(1): 79-91.

Whiting, M. (2016). Moderation without Change - The Strategic Transformation of Sinn Féin and the IRA. Government and Opposition, forthcoming, doi: https://doi.org/10.1017/gov.2016.19

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