Matthew is a lecturer in Social Policy in the Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology. He is the Director of Postgraduate Taught Programmes and also the Programme Coordinator for the MA in Social Research (Social Policy)MA in Social Research (Social Work and Professional Practice), and the MA in Social Policy. He is the Social Policy and Social Work pathway lead for Midlands Graduate School ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership. Matt is also a researcher in the Third Sector Research Centre.

Matthew is interested in the causes and consequences of prosocial behaviour, such as volunteering, charitable giving and informal care.

For the Sustainable Care research programme, Matthew is working with Professor Janet Fast on Modelling Care System Costs and Contributions: Data for a Sustainable Care and Wellbeing Strategy.

The focus of his work is on:
• The costs (public and private) and contributions of care (made by individuals, the state and employers);
• the financial and social sustainability of these under different scenarios; and
• the effects of adult social care and changes in funding on service users, carers, and other stakeholders.

Research and publications

‘Caring and COVID-19’, Sustainable Care CARE MATTERS series of reports in partnership with Carers UK:

GLASBY, J., ZHANG, Y., BENNETT, M., & HALL, P. (2020). A lost decade? A renewed case for adult social care reform in England. Journal of Social Policy, 1-32. doi:10.1017/S0047279420000288

Zhang, Y., Bennett, M. R., and Yeandle, S. (2019) “Will I Care: The Likelihood of Being a Carer in Adult Life.” London: Carers UK.

Ramos, M., Bennett, M R., Massey, D., and Hewstone, M. (2019). “Humans Adapt to Social Diversity Over Time”. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 116 (25): 12244-12249.

Mohan, J., and Bennett, M.R. (2019) “Community-level Impacts of the Third Sector: Does the Local Distribution of Voluntary Organisations Influence the Likelihood of Volunteering?” Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space, 51(4): 950-979  

Clasby, B., Bennett, M.R., Meadham, H., Hodges, E., Hinder, D., Williams, W. H., Mewse, A., and Hughes, N. (2019). “The Consequences of Traumatic Brain Injury from the Classroom to the Courtroom: Understanding Pathways Through Structural Equation Modelling”. Disability and Rehabilitation. 42(23): 1-10

Bennett, M. R.,Einolf. C. (2017). Religion, Altruism, and Helping Strangers: A Multilevel Analysis of 123 Countries.Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 56(2):323;341.

Kamerāde, D., and Bennett M. R. (2017). “Rewarding Work: Volunteering During Unemployment, Benefits, Well-being and Mental Health.” Work, Employment and Society, 32(1): 38-56.

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