Dr Matt Finn
Senior Lecturer in Human Geography


Matt explores the contemporary conditions of education through approaches informed by a participatory action research ethos. He is interested in how childhood and young people's lives vary globally and has researched the rising use of data in education settings.

As an Education Exeter Incubator Fellow 2017-2018 Matt has worked with students to research experiences of transitions to university following the introduction of the reformed A Levels in England. The team are using the findings to inform effective undergraduate transition support.

His Masters and PhD studies were enabled by an ESRC Quota Studentship and he is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers, a Fellow of The Higher Education Academy, a member of the Geography Education Research Collective and Education Officer for the RGS-IBG Geographies of Children, Youth & Families Research Group. He is also a member of the editorial collective of Geography - the Geographical Association’s international journal for lecturers, teachers and students in post-16 geography.

Matt lectures on a wide range of courses from thinking about 'growing up global' to the power and problems of using numbers in geography and in helping students prepare for their dissertations. He seeks to combine enthusiasm for geography with opportunities for academics and students to shape learning together.

Before academia Matt had a variety of jobs including being a Human Resources administrator with a city council, a teacher, a local education administrator and a church-based pastoral worker with students.


You can follow him on Twitter @MattMattFinn.
For tweets relating to University of Exeter geography courses please see @MFGeog.

Broad research specialisms:

  • Geographies of education and schooling
  • Childhood, youth and young people
  • Participatory Action Research (PAR)
  • Critical geographies of data
  • The globalisation of education


BA Geography (Durham)
MA Research Methods - Geography (Durham)
PhD Geography (Durham)
Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (Exeter)

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Tel+44 (0) 1392 725917
AddressAmory Building
University of Exeter
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