Matt is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Heseltine Institute for Public Policy, Practice and Place. In 2018, he was awarded a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship to research the emerging global social movement 'new municipalism' and its interrelations with economic democracy. This builds on PhD research, completed in 2015 at the University of Manchester, which explored Liverpool’s history of collective alternatives to public housing, focusing on the city’s 1970s cooperative movement and contemporary community land trust (CLT) activism.
Matt has conducted policy research for a number of funders, including the TUC, Power to Change and the National CLT Network and has published widely in journals such as Antipode, City, the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research and Housing, Theory and Society. He is a graduate of the University of Oxford, where he studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics, and of UCL, where he completed a Masters in Spatial Planning while working in the planning department of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. At the University of Liverpool, Matt teaches occasionally on urban theory, housing and regeneration and economic development for undergraduate and postgraduate students in the Department of Geography and Planning.