Matthew works as Chancellor’s Fellow of Technology and Innovation at the University of Strathclyde’s Business School. His research examines the policy and market conditions necessary to accelerate low-carbon energy technology and business model innovation, with a special focus on offshore renewable energy.
His work has also enjoyed media coverage, most notably his major report on the effectiveness of UK wave energy innovation policy, titled 'Lost at sea of a new wave of innovation?', which was covered by the BBC, Scotsman and National. From this he has written commentary for national newspapers, such as 'The right idea at the wrong time: What really went wrong with the Saltire Prize' for the 'i' paper.
He has extensive experience of generating lasting impact from his research across the energy sector, providing expert advice to government departments, energy regulators, innovation bodies, international charities and trade unions on a energy policy issues, as well as acting as lead author for the World Energy Council’s World Energy Resources 2016 chapter on marine energy. Matthew also leads on commercialisation programmes through the Scottish Power – Iberdrola Entrepreneurial Energy Challenge, which supports students to translate bright ideas into innovations that shape the future energy system.
He has an excellent research track record, having published in ‘Financial Times 50’ ranked journals such as Research Policy and received a best-paper award at the 2016 World Energy Congress in Istanbul. He is also co-investigator for the UK Energy Research Centre’s community energy finance project, a visiting researcher at the Centre for Environmental Policy within Imperial College London, a member of the British Institute for Energy Economics and a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Prior to joining Strathclyde he worked at Imperial College’s Centre for Environmental Policy (2012-2016) examining the effectiveness of energy innovation policies both in the UK and overseas (e.g. China, Finland). Prior to this he completed his PhD at the Sustainability Research Institute (SRI) at the University of Leeds (2009-2012), examining the role that business model innovation plays in driving a low-carbon energy transition.
- Co-Investigator on UK Energy Research Centre Funded 'Community Energy Finance' project (commenced 2017)
- Horacio Gonzalez - Scaling up Scotland’s emerging low-carbon energy industry (commenced 2018)
- Linda Wallace - Examining the effectiveness of UK research centres (commenced 2016)
- Rui Hu - The Chinese innovation system for wind energy: structure, functions and performance (completed 2017)