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Professor of Social Research, Nottingham Trent University

Matt has worked in the Higher Education sector since 1988. He started his career as a researcher in the Department of Economics and Politics at Nottingham Trent University (NTU) when it was called Nottingham Polytechnic, and in 1992 he joined the University of North London as a Lecturer in Social Science Research Methods.

In 2004 he joined the NTU Graduate School and became Head of Research Degrees and Research Training for the College of Business, Law and Social Sciences; in 2012 he moved to the School of Social Sciences and is now the School Research Degrees Coordinator.

In 2010 Matt was awarded a Chair in Social Research as recognition of his contribution to Nottingham Trent University through his leadership of postgraduate programmes of study and research training, and his contribution to international debates and discussion about PhD related matters.

Matt takes a leading role in research matters, and is leading the co-ordination of research activity for the Politics and International Studies unit.

Matt is also an active researcher, and is currently working on a project that has received funding from the Economic and Social Research Council to investigate young people's participation in politics in Britain.

Teaching and learning

Matt is the PhD Research Degrees Coordinator for the School of Social Sciences. In this role, Matt is responsible for over 60 PhD research students in Politics and International Relations, Psychology, Sociology and Criminology, and in Social Policy and Social Work. He is Vice-Chair of the College Research Degrees Committee, and is a member of the University Research Degrees Committee.

His general teaching field is in the broad area of Social Science Research Methods, and he contributes this teaching to a number of academic courses, including the MA Politics and the University's research training course for PhD research students.


  • –present
    Professor of Politics and International Relations, Nottingham Trent University


  • 1996 
    Nottingham Trent University, PhD in Politics