Professor Peter Matthews

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Sociology, Social Policy & Criminology R.G. Bomont Building, University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA

Professor Peter Matthews

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About me

About me

Peter Matthews (he/him) is Professor in Social Policy and LGBTQ+ Studies.

Throughout my research career I have had a particular interest in urban policy; urban regeneration; urban inequalities; housing; equalities and diversity; queer theory and lesbian and gay studies. My first degree was in History, and I have been involved in a number of interdisciplinary research projects, and find working at disciplinary interfaces productive and rewarding.

I welcome queries from prospective doctoral researchers in the areas of: LGBTQ+ Studies; urban policy; and urban inequalities.

Other Academic Activities

Editor - Local Government Studies

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University of Glasgow
https://www.ubdc.ac.uk/…/peter-matthews/


Research (2)

My research interests mainly focus on inequalities in the urban context and how policy can tackle or exacerbate these. I am interested in socio-economic and class inequalities, as well as inequalities due to sexual orientation, gender, ethnicity or disability. I have pioneered research in understanding of the inequalities faced by LGBTQ+ people in Social Policy. I am currently leading a major project to understand the experience of LGBTQ+ people in accessing welfare benefits in Great Britain. I am a Co-Investigator on the NIHR Evidence Centre, NESSIE; a Co-Investigator in the Stirling Social Sciences Impact Accelerator Account; and a collaborator of the Canadian project 2slgbtq+ Poverty in Canada.

In terms of methodologies, in my research I have coproduced research with service users, and I have explored the impacts this has on knowledge production. I have also worked closely with social scientists with quantitative and statistical skills and knowledge, to further research in my key research areas.

Projects

NESSIE - NIHR Evidence Synthesis Scotland Initiative
PI: Dr Emma France
Funded by: National Institute for Health Research

Welfare access, assets and debts of LGBT+ people in the UK
PI: Professor Peter Matthews
Funded by: The Nuffield Foundation

Outputs (53)

Outputs

Book Chapter

McCall V, Rolfe S, Matthews P, Wallace A, Manyika G, Iafrati S, Clark C & Munro M (2022) The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on UK housing policy: how do we rebuild the foundations of the ‘wobbly pillar’?. In: Jolly A, Cefalo R & Pomati M (eds.) Social Policy Review 34: Analysis and Debate in Social Policy, 2022. Social Policy Review, 24. Bristol: Policy Press, pp. 71-93. https://doi.org/10.51952/9781447365815.ch004


Book Chapter

Matthews P (2020) Representation: Public Servants in Public. In: Sullivan H, Dickinson H & Henderson H (eds.) Palgrave Handbook of the Public Servant. Cham, Switzerlnd: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 1-10. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-03008-7_111-1


Book Chapter

Graham H, Hill K, Matthews P, O'Brien D & Taylor M (2019) Connecting Epistemologies and the Early Career Researcher. In: Fenby-Hulse K, Heywood E & Walker K (eds.) Research Impact and the Early Career Researcher. Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 106-126. https://www.routledge.com/Research-Impact-and-the-Early-Career-Researcher-Lived-Experiences-New/Fenby-Hulse-Heywood-Walker/p/book/9781138562073


Research Report

Satsangi M, Theakstone D, Matthews P, Lawrence J, Rummery K, Mackintosh S, Baghirathan S & Boniface G (2018) The housing experiences of disabled people in Britain. Equality and Human Rights Commission Research Report Series. Equality and Human Rights Commission. https://www.equalityhumanrights.com/en/publication-download/housing-experiences-disabled-people-britain


Policy Document

Matthews P & Poyner C (2017) Your tenants are gay, get over it! [Social housing and LGBT+ people – a guide for social landlords]. University of Stirling. Stirling. https://www.stir.ac.uk/research/public-policy-hub/policy-briefings/


Policy Document

Matthews P & Poyner C (2017) Homelessness support for LGBT+ people. University of Stirling. Stirling. https://www.stir.ac.uk/research/public-policy-hub/policy-briefings/


Book Chapter

Connelly S, Vanderhoven D, Durose C, Matthews P, Richardson L & Rutherfoord R (2017) Translation Across Borders: Connecting the academic and policy communities. In: Facer K & Pahl K (eds.) Valuing interdisciplinary collaborative research: Beyond impact. Connected Communities. Bristol: Policy Press, pp. 173-190. https://policypress.co.uk/valuing-interdisciplinary-collaborative-research; https://doi.org/10.2307/j.ctt1t895tj.15


Book Chapter

Matthews P & Livingstone N (2017) Liminal Spaces and Theorising the Permanence of Transience. In: Henneberrry J (ed.) Transience and Permanence in Urban Development. Chichester: Wiley, pp. 31-45. http://eu.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1119055652,subjectCd-AR82.html; https://doi.org/10.1002/9781119055662.ch3


Edited Book

Bevir M, McKee K & Matthews P (eds.) (2017) Decentring Urban Governance: Narratives, Resistance and Contestation. Routledge Studies in Governance and Public Policy. New York and London: Routledge. https://www.routledge.com/Decentring-Urban-Governance-Narratives-Resistance-and-Contestation/Bevir-McKee-Matthews/p/book/9781138229372


Book Chapter

Matthews P, Astbury J, Brown J, Brown L, Connelly S & O'Brien D (2017) Evaluating legacy: the who, what, why, when and where of evaluation for community research. In: Facer K & Pahl K (eds.) Valuing interdisciplinary collaborative research: Beyond impact. Connected Communities. Bristol: Policy Press, pp. 43-62. https://policypress.co.uk/valuing-interdisciplinary-collaborative-research


Book Chapter

Connelly S, Vanderhoven D, Durose C, Richardson L, Matthews P & Rutherfoord R (2016) Translation across borders: exploring the use, relevance and impact of academic research in the policy process. In: O'Brien D & Matthews P (eds.) After Urban Regeneration: Communities, Policy and Place. Connected Communities. Bristol: Policy Press, pp. 181-198. https://policypress.co.uk/after-urban-regeneration#book-detail-tabs-stison-block-content-1-0-tab2; https://doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781447324157.003.0012


Book Chapter

Matthews P & O'Brien D (2015) Introduction. In: O'Brien D & Matthews P (eds.) After Urban Regeneration: Communities, policy and place. Connected Communities. Bristol: Policy Press, pp. 1-6. http://www.policypress.co.uk/display.asp?k=9781447324164


Book Chapter

Matthews P & O'Brien D (2015) Connecting community to a post-regeneration era. In: O'Brien D & Matthews P (eds.) After Urban Regeneration: Communities, policy and place. Connected Communities. Bristol: Policy Press, pp. 27-44. http://www.policypress.co.uk/display.asp?k=9781447324164


Book Review

Matthews P (2014) Shaping places: urban planning, design and development. Review of: Shaping Places: Urban Planning, Design and Development, David Adams & Steve Tiesdell, London, Routledge, 2012, 368 pp., ISBN 9780415497978. Housing Studies, 29 (1), pp. 168-169. https://doi.org/10.1080/02673037.2012.752633


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