Dr Matthew Thompson

Leverhulme Research Fellow Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

About

Personal Statement

Matt is a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Research Fellow at the Heseltine Institute researching the emerging global social movement 'new municipalism' and its interrelations with economic democracy. This builds on PhD research, completed in 2015 at the University of Manchester, which explored Liverpool’s history of collective alternatives to public housing, focusing on the city’s 1970s cooperative movement and contemporary community land trust (CLT) activism. Matt has conducted policy research for a number of funders, including the TUC, Power to Change and the National CLT Network. He is a graduate of the University of Oxford, where he studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics, and of UCL, where he completed a Masters in Spatial Planning while working in the planning department of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. At the University of Liverpool, Matt teaches occasionally on urban theory, housing and regeneration and economic development for undergraduate and postgraduate students in the Department of Geography and Planning.