Matt is part of the Trilateral Applied Research and Innovation team.
Matt works on information dissemination for the NO-FEAR and GEARING projects at Trilateral, which, respectively seek to improve emergency response coordination and gender equality in academic scientific research. His research takes an ethnographic, socio-culturally oriented, and historically-informed approach to privacy on and offline, drawing from digital anthropology. He is adept at examining where the careful argumentation of policy meets the empirically-observable complexities of practice.
Matt’s doctoral dissertation ethnographically explores how refugees manage privacy on social media, and how information is used in the UK asylum process and asylum-related NGOs. He has published research on the challenges of knowledge transfer among refugees, academics, and NGO workers. Matt has also worked in his home state of Iowa as a small-town newspaper editor and marketing copywriter. Past ethnographic research projects exploredtechnology use at atheist summer camps in Texas & Oklahoma, and film distribution & disc piracy in south-western China. He is on the film selection committee for the Beeston Film Festival, has volunteered as a refugee caseworker with the Leicester New Evidence Search Team, and is a founding member of the University of Nottingham-based Digital Culture Research Network.
Matt holds a PhD in Anthropology / Digital Economy Research from the University of Nottingham, conducted in partnership with the Open Rights Group. He also earned an MSc in Digital Anthropology from University College London and a BA in Writing from Wartburg College.