Matt is a Demos Associate. He was previously a Senior Researcher on the Family and Society Programme. His expert areas include education, skills policy, youth policy and behaviour change. He is currently seconded to the Cabinet office.
Matt worked on projects in higher education, including one on the financing of undergraduate study and another on how ‘open’ approaches to research can drive growth and innovation.
Matt’s main research interests are:
Prior to his time at Demos, Matt worked at the RSA heading their Social Brain project. He is the author of Changing the Subject and Steer, two reports that look at new knowledge in the behavioural sciences, and the implications of such knowledge for social policy.
Prior to working at the RSA Matt was a research fellow in philosophy at Essex University. He has a first class BA and an MA with distinction in philosophy from Essex University. Matt obtained his PhD in philosophy from McGill University in 2007, the subject of which was Kant’s theory of cognition.
This pamphlet explores the school to work transitions of the 50 per cent of young people who don't go to university.
This pamphlet investigates the causes of, and possible responses to, binge-drinking among young adults aged 18-25 in the UK.
This collection draws together emerging research from the social sciences about the formation and development of character to inform public policy.
This report assesses the impact of long-term volunteering schemes on work-readiness and capabilities.
This report investigates the connection between parenting style and harmful drinking behaviour
A report on unemployment in the youth labour market.
This report responds to the Government's proposed reforms on higher education, suggesting how they could be improved.
Ageing Sociably suggests businesses can do more to tackle loneliness among older people.
A growing body of evidence shows that character is the most important factor in determining life chances. The Character Inquiry brings together research leaders and experts to explore how developing character skills can be encouraged in public and private life.More
This report pilots a set of tools to measure the difference that structured activities make to a young person's capabilities.More
This project will investigate youth 'binge drinking', focusing in particular on the impact of parenting and peer influences on drinking behaviour.More
This project will investigate how to put the financing of higher education in England on a sustainable footing.More
Matt Grist argues that social engineering through university quotas is much too late an intervention.