Matthew's research focuses on the planning and governance of cities. He has a particular in interest in neighbourhoods, community participation, and the politics of urban policy and regulation. Before joining the University of Reading in 2018, he held positions at the University of Sheffield and University College London.
With a background in political sociology, Matthew had published widely on public participation and the marketisation of planning. He was recently co-investigator on a national study into neighbourhood planning for the UK Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, and in 2019 published Neighbourhood Planning in Practice (with Gavin Parker and Kat Salter), winner of the Sir Peter Hall Award for Wider Engagement at the RTPI Awards for Research Excellence.
Matthew’s current research explores how evidence is legitimised within the urban policy-making process and the role of planners as market actors. Matthew is happy to hear from prospective doctoral candidates concerning any of the topics discussed above.
- PhD Sociology, University of Sheffield
- MA Sociology and Management, University of Essex
- BA (Hons) Social Policy and Sociology, University of Sheffield
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Generating Effective Planning Cultures. David Robins Research Fund (£10,615), Co-Investigator, 2019-2021.
Impact of Neighbourhood Planning in England. Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (£63,039), Co-Investigator, 2019-2020.
The Politics of Private Sector Provision in Local Governance. British Academy (£316,305), Principal Investigator, 2018-2022.
Sir Peter Hall Award for Wider Engagement, Royal Town Planning Institute Awards for Research Excellence, 2019
- Urban planning
- Urban governance
- Public participation