Dr Matthew Bennett

Lecturer in Social Policy

Applied Social Studies

Matt Bennett

Contact details

School of Social Policy, IASS
Muirhead Tower, Room 913
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT


Matthew is a lecturer in Social Policy in the Institute of Applied Social Studies. He is the Programme Coordinator for the MA in Social Research (Social Policy) and is also a researcher in the Third Sector Research Centre.


  • DPhil in Sociology, Nuffield College, University of Oxford (2013)
  • MSc in Sociology, Nuffield College, University of Oxford (2009).
  • BA (Hons) in Psychology and Sociology, University of Washington (2008).


Matthew is a quantitative social scientist and joined the IASS in September 2013 as a lecturer. He has been a Research Fellow in the Third Sector Research Centre since 2012.

Matthew’s research interests are in the causes and consequences of prosocial behaviour; intergroup relations and group solidarity; and quantitative methods.

Matthew studied Psychology and Sociology at the University of Washington; and Sociology (MSc) at Nuffield College, University of Oxford, where he completed his DPhil in Sociology.


Matthew is currently teaching on the BA in Social Policy and the MA in Social Research. He mainly teaches research methods and social statistics.


Matthew has experience in two main substantive research areas:

Prosocial behaviour

  • Cross-national predictors of volunteering, giving, and informal help.
  • Neighbourhood effects on volunteering and giving.
  • School effects on civic engagement among youths 
  • Health outcomes of volunteering and giving among adult and youth populations.

Intergroup relations and group solidarity

  • Neighbourhood effects on religious and national identity.

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