School of Physics and Astronomy

Mr Matthew Machowski


Visiting Research Fellow




Nuclear Weapons and Iran [PDF 4,465KB](part of 2nd year Nuclear Physics and Astrophysics module) [video]


Each year I teach and supervise final year undergraduate and graduate students in their Extended Independent Project module. I offer supervision and monitoring to students interested in extended research in science policy, nuclear weapons, nuclear proliferation and international security.

External Teaching:

University of East London - US Foreign Policy in the Middle East and North Africa


Research Interests:

My research interests

Mr Machowski is a Visiting Research Fellow (Nuclear Security and the Middle East). He has a BA (Hons) in International Studies (Goldsmiths & School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London), and an MA with Distinction in International Peace and Security (King's College London). His current research interests include nuclear weapons, nuclear proliferation and security, defence, science policy, Middle Eastern politics, Gulf studies, Iran, Qatar, international relations of the Gulf states, human rights in the Middle East, water and resource security, counter-radicalisation.

Mr Machowski is an experienced defence and politics consultant and analyst. He's a frequent media commentator (BBC, NPR, The Guardian, The Times etc) with particular emphasis on international security and the Middle East. Matthew published a number of peer-reviewed articles, and provided political and business consultancy to both governmental and business institutions. He's a former Manager - Defence, Aviation and Cyber Security at Visiongain (London-based Business Intelligence and Analytics firm); and Research Analyst at the UK Houses of Parliament and the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies (RUSI).

Matthew travelled extensively to over 50 countries worldwide. Studied, lived and worked throughout Europe and the Middle East.

You can also visit his personal website or contact him on Twitter at @MattMachowski.


My publications


Media Presence





  • ‘Nuclear Weapons and Iran’ lecture was featured by the PBS Frontline Tehran Bureau, 30 November
  • Al Jazeera English – featured in Canada closes its embassy in Iran, 8 September