Matthew leads the People on the Move team at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law. Academically, he focuses in particular on the international legal status of persons who are displaced in the context of disasters and climate change, and successfully defended his doctoral thesis in 2018, entitled Refugee Status Determination in the Context of ‘Natural’ Disasters and Climate Change: A Human Rights-Based Approach.
He also coordinates the Institute’s activities relating to refugees and other displaced persons across Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe and MENA regions, working across research, education, direct engagement and human rights forum modalities. He is currently leading a ten-country research project on disasters and displacement in Asia-Pacific and represents RWI in a SIDA-funded initiative to integrate a rights-based approach to disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation initiatives in that region.
He teaches Masters-level courses in international human rights law and international refugee law at Lund University and convenes the core module on Protecting human rights, refugees and displaced persons in international law for the University of London, School of Advanced Study MA in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies.
His academic work has been published in the International Journal of Refugee Law, Refugee Survey Quarterly, Forced Migration Review and in specialist edited volumes.