Matt joined the Unit in 2016 as a research study assistant. He worked across a number of studies including the Fenland Study and PROPELS, but predominantly helped collect primary data for the GoActive Evaluation Study. He then worked as a research assistant on an NIHR School for Public Health Research project to investigate how local authorities in England used the planning system to regulate takeaway food outlets.
Before joining the Unit, Matt completed an undergraduate degree in Sport and Exercise Science at Edinburgh Napier University. During this time, Matt developed a passion for nutrition and population health. He then went on to complete a Master’s degree in Nutrition with Public Health Management at Sheffield Hallam University.
Matt is currently a Ph.D student, supervised by Dr Jean Adams and Dr Tom Burgoine, and receives funding from an NIHR School for Public Health Research studentship. Matt will investigate how, and why, people use online takeaway food delivery to purchase food prepared outside of the home, and how these services may increase access to unhealthy food.