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Dr Matt Qvortrup

Dr Matt Qvortrup

Senior Lecturer
Centre for Security & Resilience
Cranfield Defence and Security
T: +44 (0) 1793 785880

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.
  • Background

    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

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

  • Publications

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

    Qvortrup & M Hasta la Vista: A Comparative Institutional Analysis of the Recall, Representation, 47 (2) 161-170.

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