Matthew completed his BSc (honours) in Human Geography at Macquarie University and his PhD at the University of Newcastle. Before arriving at UNSW he held post-doctoral positions at the Department of Geography at the Open University and the Department of Sociology at Lancaster University. Most recently he held a Research Council’s UK Academic Fellowship at the Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience Department of Geography, Durham University.
Matthew's research is situated between the fields of Science and Technology Studies (STS), environmental sociology and contemporary social theory. His current work is focused on the social and political dimensions of nanotechnology and synthetic biology, climate change and society, and the social and political dimensions of climate modification and geoengineering. His research has been funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC, UK), the European Commission and the UK Government.
He holds editorial positions with Science as Culture and Environmental Humanities. He is also 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.