Mattias came to the University of Birmingham in 2011 to start a PhD degree with the International Development Department. Prior to that he studied at the universities of Göteborg and Linköping in Sweden, and worked as a car mechanic at Gummigubben. His PhD on the policy mechanism Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) was supervised by Dr Fiona Nunan and Dr Emma A. Foster. During and after his PhD, he has been teaching on modules including: Introduction to Political Economy, Analysing Political Worlds, and Critical Approaches to Development.
From September 2017, he will be taking up a Teaching Fellow position in the Department of Political Science and International Studies. In addition to this, he undertakes research in collaboration with Dr Danielle Beswick of the International Development Department on the Conservative Party’s overseas social action projects.