Matthew Sharp

PhD candidate in Economic Geography

Department of Geography and Environment

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Key Expertise
urban development

About me

My PhD research focuses on urban and regional economics with an emphasis on urban development, migration, climate change impacts and public policy evaluation in developing countries.

Prior to my PhD, I worked for the World Bank as a consultant on several national infrastructure projects in Indonesia and on industrial policy/regional planning in South Africa. I have also worked as a Senior Researcher at the Development Policy Research Unit at the University of Cape Town School of Economics and as a Visiting Researcher at the South African Institute of International Affairs, and have contributed to papers/reports for IZA, UN-Habitat and UNDP.

I hold an MRes in public policy economics (Paris School of Economics), an MSc in urban planning (Darmstadt University of Technology), and a BSocSci in economics, politics and philosophy (University of Cape Town).


MY465 Intermediate Quantitative Analysis

GY447 Economics of Urban & Regional Planning

DV202 Poverty & Development


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Expertise Details

The economics of urbanisation; public policy evaluation; migration economics; labour economics; disaster resilience