Field of Research (FoR)
I completed a BSc (honours) in Human Geography at Macquarie University and a PhD at the University of Newcastle. Before arriving at UNSW I held post-doctoral positions at the Department of Geography at the Open University and the Department of Sociology at Lancaster University. I also held a Research Council’s UK Academic Fellowship at...view more
I completed a BSc (honours) in Human Geography at Macquarie University and a PhD at the University of Newcastle. Before arriving at UNSW I held post-doctoral positions at the Department of Geography at the Open University and the Department of Sociology at Lancaster University. I also held a Research Council’s UK Academic Fellowship at the Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience Department of Geography, Durham University (2007-2011).
My research is situated between the fields of Science and Technology Studies (STS), social and cultural geography and contemporary social theory. My research focuses on the social constitution of processes of technological and environmental change. In this context I have documented the constitution of vernacular understandings of, and responses to, technological, scientific and environmental change, and have explored novel means for promoting diverse forms public participation. Deploying qualitative and ethnographic methodologies, my research has explored the societal dimensions of, and public engagement with, climatic change, bio-nanotechnology, geoengineering and contemporary water treatment and supply.
I am a CI in the ARC Centre of Excellence on Convergent Bio-Nano Science and Technology (2014-2021), and a CI on the ARC Discovery Project Designing illicit drug policy solutions: the role of participation (DP200100909, with Prof. Alison Ritter, Dr. Kari Lancaster & Prof. Jason Chilvers). I held an ARC Future Fellowship between 2014-2018. Matthew is also currently a fellow of the PLuS Alliance, and a member of the leadership team of the UNSW Global Water Institute.
I am an associate editor of Science as Culture. I am a member of the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S), the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST), the Science and Democracy Network and the Asia-Pacific Science, Technology and Society Network.
My Research Supervision
Areas of supervision
I am available for PhD supervision in research areas including science and technology studies (STS), and social and cultural geography.
- Kate Judith - PhD - Into the thick gap: thinking the in-between with the mangroves of Sydney
- Maddy Miller - PhD - Neo-Agrarian Prophets and the Regenerative Economy: Rewriting the Foodshed for the Agricultural Turn
- Roberta Pala - PhD - Vaccines as biosocial actants - a Biohumanities approach to vaccine research
- Keivn Witzenberger - PhD - The Potential Impact of Artificial Intelligence on Education Policy
- Georgia Miller - PhD - Science and politics in innovation policy: The making and remaking of nanotechnology (2017)
- Sophie Adams - PhD - The biopolitics of adaptation to a changing climate: Constructions of the adaptive capacity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians (2019)
- Sharyn Cullis - PhD - Fractured landscapes and narratives: Controversy in the Southern Coalfield, NSW, Australia (2020)
Member European Association for the Study of Science and technology (EASST)
Member Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S)
Member Science and Democracy Network (SDN)
Member Asia-Pacific Science, Technology and Society Network (APSTSN)
Member ESRC Seminar Series on Synthetic Biology and the Social Sciences
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