Professor Matthew Cole

Professor Matthew Cole

Business School
Interim Dean of Birmingham Business School
Professor of Environmental Economics

Contact details

Birmingham Business School
Department of Economics
University House
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Professor Matt Cole is an environmental economist whose research examines the relationships between economic development and the natural environment, with a particular focus on issues relating to international trade, air pollution, health and biodiversity. He has published over 60 articles in peer-reviewed journals as well as numerous book contributions.  His work has received over 12,500 career citations on Google Scholar and has an h-index of 46. Matt is a Co-Editor of one of the leading international journals in his field, the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management and is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and a Fellow of the ESRC Peer Review College.


BA(Hons) Economics, MA Economics, PhD Economics (Nottingham)


Co-Editor of the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management



Current teaching:

ECON110B Sustainable Development

ECONG46D Environmental Economics

Postgraduate supervision


Matthew's research interests lie at the intersection of Environmental Economics, Development Economics and International Economics. Current topics include pollution offshoring, pollution and health, the economics of biodiversity, and environmental inequality.



Carneiro, J., Cole, M.A. and Strobl, E. (forthcoming). The Effects of Air Pollution on Students’ Cognitive Performance: Evidence from Brazilian University Entrance Tests. Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists.

Cole, M.A., Elliott, R.J.R. and Strobl, E. (2021). Biodiversity and Economic Land Use. Land Economics, 97, 4. 

Cole, M.A., Ozgen, C. and Strobl, E. (2020). Air Pollution Exposure and Covid-19 in Dutch Municipalities. Environmental and Resource Economics76, 4, pp. 581-610.

Cole, M.A. and Zhang, L. (2019). The Clean-up of Chinese Manufacturing: Examining the Role Played by Changing Techniques of Production. Economics Letters, 180, pp. 11-14.

Cole, M.A., Elliott, R.J.R., Okubo, T. and Strobl, E. (2019). Natural Disasters and Spatial Heterogeneity in Damages: The Birth, Life and Death of Manufacturing Plants. Journal of Economic Geography, 19, 2, pp. 373-408.

Cole, M.A., Elliott, R.J.R, Occhiali, G., and Strobl, E. (2018). Power Outages and Firm Performance in Sub-Saharan Africa. Journal of Development Economics, 134, pp. 150-159.

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