Matthew is a quantitative social scientist and joined the the Department 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; social identity; intergroup contact; and quantitative methods.
Matthew is interested in the causes and consequences of prosocial behaviour, such as volunteering and charitable giving. He is particularly interested in how the social environment in which people live influences their decisions to volunteer and give. His research in this area has included how the contexts of countries, neighbourhoods and schools have influenced prosocial behaviours.
Matthew’s research also explores how aspects of the social environment, such as ethnic and religious heterogeneity, impacts upon the inter-relationship between social identity, intergroup relations, and social cohesion.
Bennett, Matthew. R. (2014). “Religiosity and Formal Volunteering in Global Perspective” Pp. 77-96 in Religion and Volunteering: Complex, Contested and Ambiguous Relationships, edited by L. Hustinx, J. von Essen, J. Haers, and S. Mels. London: Springer
Wiertz, Dingeman, Matthew R. Bennett, and Meenakshi Parameshwaran (2014). “Ethnic Heterogeneity, Ethnic and National Identity, and Social Cohesion in England” Pp. 123-42 in Social Cohesion and Immigration in Europe and North America: Mechanisms, Conditions and Causality, edited by R. Koopmans, B. Lancee, and M. Schaeffer. London: Routledge.
Reports and other publications
Bennett, Matthew R., Sarah L. Bulloch, and John Mohan. (2013). “Age Trends in Civic Engagement in the UK.” In the call for evidence by the House of Lords, UK Parliament on The Impact of Demographic Change in Public Services, edited by Lord Bichard, Baroness Blackstone, Baroness Finlay, Lord Griffiths, Lord Mawhinney, Baroness Morgan, Baroness Shephard, Lord Tope, Lord Touhig, Baroness Tyler the House of Lords, UK Parliament.
Bennett, Matthew R. and Meenakshi Parameshwaran. (2013) “What makes young people volunteer?”Understanding Society podcast https://www.understandingsociety.ac.uk/podcasts/2013/13.