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Senior Lecturer in Carbon Accounting and Director, MSc Carbon Finance

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Matthew has moved to academia from a career in consultancy, with over seven years' experience in greenhouse gas accounting and climate change policy appraisal.

He has worked on projects for the UK's Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC), the Department for Transport, the Scottish Government, and the Government of Norway, as well as numerous corporate clients. He is on the peer-review panel for BEIS/Defra's conversion factors for company reporting, and the ISO working group for the revision of ISO 14064-2 for project-level greenhouse gas assessment. Matthew has also participated as chapter lead author for the GHG Protocol’s Policy and Actions Standard.

He has a PhD in Carbon Accounting from the University of Edinburgh, an MSc in Environmental Sustainability, an MSc by research in philosophy, and an MA in philosophy.

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Research Interests

My research interests are in greenhouse gas (carbon) accounting, focusing on the variety of methods and standards that are available, and the appropriate use-context of those methods. I have a particular interest in exploring the distinction between attributional and consequential methods, and the applying that distinction to understand the conceptual nature of different carbon accounting methods.

I am also interested in the issue of green power accounting, and the importance of additionality for ensuring corporate greenhouse gas accounts are accurate and relevant to decision making. A working paper on this issue is available:

Read 'The impact of contractual emission factors on the accuracy and relevance of corporate greenhouse gas accounts'.

My further interests are in greenhouse gas accounting for bioenergy, and the emerging field of water accounting.

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