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Matthew is an applied labour economist. He teaches Labour Economics and Government, Welfare and Policy, and runs the undergraduate Economics Dissertation module. He has a keen interest in graduate outcomes and career development and has held various employability roles in the university - currently as Academic Director for Employability - and incorporates professional skills and attribute development into his teaching and assessment design. Matthew's current research investigates labour market activity of parents, such as: the changing nature of the labour market, participation and family working arrangements; care leave policies in the UK and EU; intersectional inequalities and the gender pay gap.
He is part of a research project entitled 'Modern Fatherhood: Fathers in 21st Century Britain', and as a result has contributed to policy consultations and government enquiries, and worked on a project assessing eligibility and access to parental leave for the European Institute for Gender Equality as part of their Gender Equality monitoring.
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Matthew's current research investigates labour market activity of parents, such as: the changing nature of the labour market, participation and family working arrangements; care leave policies in the UK and EU; intersectional inequalities and the gender pay gap.
Recent projects include an assessment of inequalities in access to maternity/paternity leave and parental leave design, the methodology for which has been incorporated into the European Institute for Gender Equality's Gender Equality Index. An earlier project 'Modern Fatherhood: Fathers in 21st Century Britiain' investigated the changing role of fathers within the family and in the labour market, and considers how institutional factors affect this relationship. It also investigated the changing working arrangements of households across Europe, and how families fared through the 2008 recession when faced with changing labour market conditions.
His work on 'Modern Fatherhood: Fathers, work and families in the 21st Century' can be viewed at http://www.modernfatherhood.org
Matthew is the Academic Director for Employability at UEA, responsible for the strategic leadership for the embedding of employability in the curriculum, and issues relating to Graduate Outcomes.
Matthew is a Lecturer in Microeconomics. He teaches the undergraduate Dissertation module.
Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment Goals
In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):
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1/11/12 → 30/04/14
Connolly, S., Aldrich, M. & Speight, S., 1 Dec 2021, In: Work, Employment & Society. 35, 6, p. 1014-1033 20 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile14 Downloads (Pure)
Connolly, S., Aldrich, M., Ward, K. & Uzunalioglu, M., 27 Feb 2020
Research output: Book/Report › Commissioned reportOpen Access
Britain’s slow movement to a gender egalitarian equilibrium: parents and employment in the UK 2001–13Connolly, S., Aldrich, M., O'Brien, M., Speight, S. & Poole, E., Oct 2016, In: Work, Employment and Society. 30, 5, p. 838-857 20 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile15 Citations (Scopus)24 Downloads (Pure)
Connolly, S. & Aldrich, M., Apr 2016, In: Journal of Social Policy. 45, 2, p. 223-250 28 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile14 Citations (Scopus)13 Downloads (Pure)
Connolly, S., Speight, S., Aldrich, M. & Poole, E., Dec 2015, Father Involvement in the Early Years: An International Comparison of Policy and Practice. Adler, M. A. & Lenz, K. (eds.). University of Chicago Press
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter