Matt is a Professorial Research Fellow and joined the University of Sheffield in 2021. He is based in both CIRCLE (the Centre for International Research on Care Labour and Equalities) and the Department of Sociological Studies.
From 2013-2021 Matt worked in the Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology at the University of Birmingham as an Assistant Professor before being promoted to Associate Professor. During his time there, he was the department’s Director of Postgraduate Taught Programmes, the Midlands Graduate School DTP lead for Social Policy and Social Care, the Director of Postgraduate Research Methods Training for the College of Social Sciences, and the College of Social Sciences lead for the Institute for Interdisciplinary Data Science and Artificial Intelligence.
Matt holds an associate position in the School of Social Policy and Practice at the University of Pennsylvania, USA, where he also teaches Data Analysis for Social Impact. He is also the Co-Director of the month-long Social Impact Fellowship (Matt was himself awarded a Social Impact Fellowship in 2013).
Matt is an active member of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA). He is the Volunteering Track Chair and has also served on the Annual Conference Best Paper panel. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Care and Caring.
Matt holds a BA(Hons) degree in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Washington where he was supervised by Professor Stewart Tolnay. He completed both his MSc and DPhil in Sociology at Nuffield College, University of Oxford. His postgraduate training was supervised by Professor Nan Dirk De Graaf.
Matt’s research interests are in inequalities and wellbeing outcomes of care, prosocial behaviour and social diversity. He is Co-Investigator in the ESRC ‘Sustainable Care’ and NIHR ‘Achieving Closure?’ programmes that look at the cost and contributions of care and the impact of care home closures. He is also Principal Investigator on an ESRC award that looks at the impact of social diversity on stress (allostatic load) and wellbeing. His expertise is in linking and analysing large-scale surveys and administrative datasets using advanced statistical methods.
Matt works closely with Carers UK and the Office for National Statistics to better understand inequality and wellbeing outcomes for unpaid carers. Matt’s social care research (both academic and co-produced with Carers UK) has consistently featured in the national media and has been debated in the House of Lords.
- Social care
- Unpaid carers
- Social diversity
- Intergroup relations
- Social cohesion
- Prosocial behaviour
- Quantitative methods
- Data infrastructure