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.