Dr Matt Watson

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Research Interests:

  • Social change, sustainability and everyday life
  • Theories of practice
  • Socio-technical systems


Matt gained his PhD from Lancaster University and spent a number of years as a postdoctoral researcher at Lancaster University and the University of Durham, before joining the department in 2007. He was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2013.

Matt’s research interests include: social change, sustainability and everyday life; theories of practice; socio-technical systems; energy; food; waste.

Matt’s current work is concerned with understanding social change in relation to sustainability, through a focus on everyday life and the socio-technical systems that shape it. His research engages with geographical and sociological theories of practice, materiality and everyday life, as well as with science and technology studies, and literature on the structures and processes of governing.  Research and writing has covered issues relating to biodiversity, waste, food, mobility and energy.