Matthew Lockwood is a Senior Research Fellow working on the EPSRC-funded IGov project and a member of the Energy Policy Group in the School of Geography, University of Exeter. He has worked on energy and climate policy in the UK, Europe and emerging economies in a variety of roles since the early 2000s. He joined Exeter from the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex (2011-2012), where he was Head of Climate Change, focusing on the politics of fossil fuel subsidy and power sector reform. Prior to that he was Associate Director of Energy, Climate Change and Transport at the Institute for Public Policy Research (2006-2011), where he undertook research and analysis on a range of issues including household energy efficiency, policy on coal-fired power generation, personal carbon trading and the framing of climate policies. During 2009-2010 he worked on secondment to DECC, helping to draft the Government’s strategy on smart grids. He has also worked as a consultant and adviser to the Design Council, the London Development Agency, the Deputy Mayor of London, the Department for International Development (DfID), the Sustainable Development Commission and Friends of the Earth UK. He is a member of the British Institute of Energy Economics.
Before shifting to focus on energy and climate policy, Matthew worked in senior policy roles in several international development NGOs, and prior to that as a sociologist at the University of Sussex and at Cambridge University, conducting research in Tanzania and Nigeria. He was educated at Oxford University, where he took an MPhil in Economics and a DPhil.
Matthew has a particular interest in the ways that institutional and political contexts prevent or facilitate transition to low-carbon energy systems in different countries.