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Personal profile

Matt worked as a cereers adviser and teacher in the 1990s and a community worker and youth justice worker in the 2000s.  He has since worked at a number of universities publishing in journals such as Race & Class, Social Justice, Critical Criminology and the European Journal of Criminology.  Subjects covered include the history of riots and anti-racism, knife crime, Social movements from populism to black lives matter, state crimes and labelling processes.

Matt is a critical criminologist, a sociologist of deviance.  Some of his influences include Marxism and the sociology of Norbert Elias - and within Criminology the ideas of David Matza, Angela Davis, Stan Cohen and Stuart Hall.       

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


  • International criminology
  • Politics
  • Social & cultural anthropology
  • Sociology
  • Criminological theory

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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