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Nick Matthews completed his PhD at the University of Manchester in 2021 supervised by Professor Phil Shapira and Dr Laurence Stamford. Nick’s research interests centre on the sustainability of emerging technologies, with particular focus on the field of synthetic biology, building on his background in the biological sciences. He is interested in questions of policy and governance relating to how emerging technologies can be mobilised to promote sustainable development. This research led to the development and application of a framework for Constructive Sustainability Assessment which aligns analytical sustainability assessment methodologies with governance frameworks like responsible research and innovation.

Nick now works for the UK Department for Transport as a Principle Sustainability Specialist.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Science, Technology and Innovation Policy, The University of Manchester

Sept 2017Jun 2021

Award Date: 1 Jun 2021

Master of Science, Systems Biology, University of Cambridge

Oct 2016Jun 2017

Award Date: 30 Jun 2017

Bachelor of Arts, Natural Sciences, University of Cambridge

Oct 2013Jun 2016

Award Date: 30 Jun 2017

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Biotechnology


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  • Community Festival 2019

    Nicholas Weise (Organiser), Itziar Penafiel (Participant), Nicholas Matthews (Participant), Yu Siong Ho (Participant), Iaroslav Kosov (Participant) & Nicole Sibanda (Participant)

    15 Jun 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising event(s)Organising a conference, workshop, exhibition, performance, inquiry, course etcResearch