Dr Matt Finn
Lecturer in Human Geography


Matt explores the contemporary conditions of education through approaches which include participatory action research (PAR). He is interested in childhood and young people's lives and has researched how the rise of data changes the way people think about themselves and are governed in educational settings. Related to this, he is exploring the various ways education is 'going global'.

Matt is an Education Exeter Incubator Fellow 2017-2018 working with students to research undergraduate student experiences of transitions to university following the introduction of the new A Levels. The team will consider how the findings can inform more effective undergraduate support through first-year tutorials.

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 and a member of the Geography Education Research Collective.

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 his subjects 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
Rennes Drive
OfficeAmory B142 (Temporary Office)

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