Dr Matson Lawrence

Research Associate


Personal statement

Matson is a Research Associate with the NORFACE-funded CILIA-LGBTQI+ study, based at the School of Education, examining intersectional lifecourse (in)equalities among LGBTQI+ people in four European countries.

    Prior to this role, he most recently worked on the TransEdu Scotland research and wider TransEDU project based at the University Strathclyde. Funded by the Scottish Funding Council, the research examined the experiences of, and current provision for, trans and non-binary applicants, students and staff in colleges and universities across Scotland. In 2018, the project was awarded a Guardian University Award, a Herald Scotland & GenAnalytics Diversity Award, and a Strathclyde Medal Team Award.

    Matson's forthcoming co-authored book – Supporting Trans and Non-Binary Students and Staff in Further and Higher Education: Practical advice for colleges and universities – will be published by Jessica Kingley Publishers in spring 2019. Matson has also led Creative Scotland-funded research on young disabled and D/deaf people’s access to arts provision with Birds of Paradise Theatre Company. He has worked extensively with intersectional LGBTQI+ communities in the third and arts sectors, through roles at LGBT Health and Wellbeing and CCC! Intersectional Arts.

    Matson holds an interdisciplinary Doctorate in Law and Applied Social Sciences from Durham University examining young adults’ perspectives on pornography and its legal regulation, and has been a Research Assistant on several gender-based violence projects.

    In 2018, Matson completed a secondment at the Scottish Funding Council as a Senior Policy / Analysis Officer, with responsibility for the implementation of the Gender Action Plan in colleges and universities across Scotland.


TransEdu Scotland : Researching the Experience of Trans and Gender Diverse Applicants, Students and Staff in Scotland's Colleges and Universities
Lawrence Matson, Mckendry Stephanie
Taking time off : accessing gender-affirming healthcare whilst in employment or education
Lawrence Matson
TransForming Medicine (2017)
Barriers to Access : Report on the Barriers Faced by Young Disabled and D/deaf People in Accessing Youth Arts Provision in Scotland
Lawrence Matson,

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Professional activities

TransEDU Scotland Community of Practice for Colleges and Universities (External organisation)
Scottish Government (External organisation)
Scottish Government (External organisation)
Attracting Diversity Festival of Learning
Attracting Diversity Festival of Learning
Keynote/plenary speaker
First Minister's National Advisory Council on Women and Girls

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Comparing Intersectional Life Course Inequalities amongst LGBTQ People in Five European Countries
Taylor, Yvette (Principal Investigator) Lawrence, Matson (Researcher)
01-Jan-2018 - 31-Jan-2021
Developing Trans+ Policy and Provison in HE
Lawrence, Matson (Principal Investigator)
KE Partnership and Training Exchange with Trinity College Dublin
18-Jan-2017 - 25-Jan-2017
TransEdu Scotland: Investigating the experiences of, and current provision for, trans applicants, students and staff in Further and Higher Education across Scotland
Mckendry, Stephanie (Principal Investigator) Lawrence, Matson (Researcher)
27-Jan-2016 - 29-Jan-2017
Investigating the barriers faced by young disabled and D/deaf people in accessing youth arts provision in Scotland
Lawrence, Matson (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2015 - 01-Jan-2016

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