The School of Geography, Politics and Sociology

Staff Profile

Dr Matthew Scott

Research Associate



Matthew is currently a Research Associate in the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology, working alongside Dr Gareth Powells. Prior to this, he obtained a BA (First Class Hons), MA (Distinction), and PhD in Human Geography from Newcastle University between 2009 and 2018. 

Matthew's current research centres on the possible role of hydrogen in the future of the UK gas network. Hydrogen has a potentially pivotal role to play in the decarbonisation of emissions from cooking and heating in UK homes and businesses, and more broadly in any wider transition to a low- or zero- carbon UK economy. Much hinges on the extent to which hydrogen can be domesticated into the everyday lives of customers, particularly in the home. With Dr Gareth Powells, Matthew's work therefore focuses on investigating and understanding public perceptions of hydrogen as a fuel for UK homes and businesses. More than this, it seeks to ascertain the extent to which people's day-to-day domestic practices, such as cooking, heating, and using hot water, may be changed or disrupted as a result of the introduction of hydrogen. This work aims to contribute to a number of different hydrogen demonstration projects currently underway in the UK.

Aside from this, Matthew maintains a loose and perpetually neglected interest in Tyneside's radical history, and he has published on the history of the Peace Society's Newcastle branch in the nineteenth century. He is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and worked for an academic publisher prior to taking up his current role. 

In his spare time Matthew enjoys playing chess, reading science fiction, and dogsitting for his extended family, something he wishes was a viable career.