Dr Matt Qvortrup

Senior Lecturer
Cranfield Defence and Security
T: +44 (0) 1793 785880
E: m.qvortrup@cranfield.ac.uk

Current activities

Matt's current activities include research and consultancies on:

  • comparative constitutional engineering 
  • how to draft and implement constitutions
  • referendums and elections
  • terrorism and comparative politics
  • European politics.


Matt Qvortrup studied politics at Oxford University, and earned his doctorate from Brasenose College in 1999 on a study entitled 'Constitutional Implications of the Use of the Referendum'. He subsequently gained a graduate Diplomafrom the College of Law. Before joining Cranfield University, Matt taught at the London School of Economics and University College, London.

As a practitioner, Matt was head of the Gun Crime Section in the British Home Office 2002-2003. He was a special envoy for the US State Department in Cyprus 2004-2005 and in the Sudan in 2009.


Clients include:

  • American Bar Association's Rule of Law Programme
  • US State Department
  • BBC
  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • European Commission.

Publications by date

Qvortrup M (2015) Algeria. In: Security Sector Horizon Scanning 2015 - North Africa. Cleary LR, Dorman AM, Craig M (ed.), UK: Cranfield University, p. 31-57.

Qvortrup M (2015) Power to the People! But How? The Different Uses of Referendums Around the World, Political Studies Review, 13 (1) 37-45.

Qvortrup M (2015) New development: The courts and multi-level governance-some comparative perspectives on the emerging jurisprudence of the UK Supreme Court, Public Money & Management, 35 (1) 57-61.

Qvortrup M, Caddick-Adams P & O'Brien T (2014) Algeria. In: Security Sector Horizon Scanning 2014. Cleary LR, Dorman AM, Craig M (ed.), UK: Cranfield University, p. 78-103.

Qvortrup M & Taagepera R (2012) Who gets what, when, how and through which electoral system?, European Political Science, 11 244-258.

Qvortrup & M (2011) A Question for Scotland alone, The Sunday Express, 12.6.2011, p. 36-36.

Qvortrup M (2011) Citizen Initiated Referendums (CIRS) in New Zealand: A Comparative Appraisal, Representation, 44 (1) 69-78.

Qvortrup M (2011) Rousseau, law and the sovereignty of the people by Ethan Putterman.[Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010. 187pp., £55.00, ISBN 978 0 521 76538 1].

Qvortrup M (2011) The Sociology of elections. In: The Concise encyclopedia of sociology. Ritzer, G and Ryan, JM (ed.), Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, p. 178-179, ed. 1.

Qvortrup M (2011) United Kingdom: extreme institutional dominance by the executive...most of the time. In: The Role of governments in legislative agenda setting. Rasch, BE and Tsebelis, G (ed.), London: Routledge, p. 78-95, ed. 1.