Dr Matthew Lockwood
Senior Research Fellow


Matthew Lockwood is a Senior Research Fellow working on the EPSRC-funded IGov project and a member of the Energy Policy Group in the School of Geography, University of Exeter. He has worked on energy and climate policy in the UK, Europe and emerging economies in a variety of roles since the early 2000s. He joined Exeter from the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex (2011-2012), where he was Head of Climate Change, focusing on the politics of fossil fuel subsidy and power sector reform. Prior to that he was Associate Director of Energy, Climate Change and Transport at the Institute for Public Policy Research (2006-2011), where he undertook research and analysis on a range of issues including household energy efficiency, policy on coal-fired power generation, personal carbon trading and the framing of climate policies. During 2009-2010 he worked on secondment to DECC, helping to draft the Government’s strategy on smart grids. He has also worked as a consultant and adviser to the Design Council, the London Development Agency, the Deputy Mayor of London, the Department for International Development (DfID), the Sustainable Development Commission and Friends of the Earth UK. He is a member of the British Institute of Energy Economics.

Before shifting to focus on energy and climate policy, Matthew worked in senior policy roles in several international development NGOs, and prior to that as a sociologist at the University of Sussex and at Cambridge University, conducting research in Tanzania and Nigeria. He was educated at Oxford University, where he took an MPhil in Economics and a DPhil.

Matthew has a particular interest in the ways that institutional and political contexts prevent or facilitate transition to low-carbon energy systems in different countries.

Broad research specialisms:

Matthew’s research interests focus on how politics and the design of institutions can slow or hasten a transition to low-carbon energy systems in the UK and elsewhere. Much analysis of low-carbon energy policies abstracts from politics, whether the internal dynamics of institutions (including government and regulators) arising from formal rules and informal relations, the relationships between policymakers, corporate lobbies and pressure groups, or the wider relationship between politicians and the public. Yet these relationships play a central role in the framing of problems and the design and implementation of policies. As a result, in addition to the design of particular policies, much more attention needs to be paid to political strategy and institutional reform for achieving a transition to a low carbon energy system and economy. Matthew’s analysis of these issues is informed by a range of theoretical sources, including new institutional approaches in economics and politics.


BA, MPhil (Econ), DPhil


Contact details

AddressTremough House
University of Exeter
Penryn Campus
TR10 9FE

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