Matthew is Visiting Fellow at LACC and Research Associate at the Centro de Estudos da Metrópole (CEM), São Paulo. He previously completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at CEM, and a PhD in Human Geography at King’s College London. He has an MPhil in Social Sciences from the University of Cambridge and a BA in History from LSE.
Matthew’s research looks at processes of urban development and subjectivity formation in socially marginalised urban spaces in Latin America. He has conducted large ethnographic research projects in favelas and peripheries in Brazil’s two largest metropolises, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. His work draws on diverse influences, including critical urban theory, Brazilian urban sociology and the philosophy of Deleuze and Guattari.
Currently, Matthew is working on a number of projects. He is co-editing the book ‘Espaços Periféricos: Olhares Desde Sapopemba’, which explores the social and institutional complexity of São Paulo’s peripheries, bringing together diverse research projects conducted in a single district. He is leading the development of an interdisciplinary research network on ‘Peripheral Subjectivities’, which seeks to understand urban peripheries as sites of subjectivity formation. He is also developing an independent comparative research project looking at how local governance in different Latin American cities is “distributed” between actors from the state, the private sector, civil society and organised crime.