Projects per year
Matson is a Research Associate with the NORFACE-funded CILIA-LGBTQI+ study, based at the School of Education, examining intersectional lifecourse (in)equalities among LGBTQI+ people in four European countries.
Prior to this role, he most recently worked on the TransEdu Scotland research and wider TransEDU project based at the University Strathclyde. Funded by the Scottish Funding Council, the research examined the experiences of, and current provision for, trans and non-binary applicants, students and staff in colleges and universities across Scotland. In 2018, the project was awarded a Guardian University Award, a Herald Scotland & GenAnalytics Diversity Award, and a Strathclyde Medal Team Award.
In 2018, Matson was seconded to the Scottish Funding Council as a Senior Policy / Analysis Officer, with responsibility for overseeing implementation of the Gender Action Plan in colleges and universities across Scotland.
Matson's co-authored book – Supporting Trans and Non-Binary Students and Staff in Further and Higher Education: Practical advice for colleges and universities – was published by Jessica Kingley Publishers in January 2019. Matson has also led Creative Scotland-funded research on young disabled and D/deaf people’s access to arts provision with Birds of Paradise Theatre Company. He has worked extensively with intersectional LGBTQI+ communities in the third and arts sectors, through roles at LGBT Health and Wellbeing and CCC! Intersectional Arts.
Matson holds an interdisciplinary Doctorate in Law and Applied Social Sciences from Durham University examining young adults’ perspectives on pornography and its legal regulation, and has been a Research Assistant on several gender-based violence projects.
Academic / Professional qualifications
- PhD Law and Applied Social Sciences, Durham University
- BA Combined Honours in Social Sciences, 1st Class Hons, Durham University
- PGCert Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, University of Strathclyde (Ongoing)
Doctor of Philosophy, Durham University
Bachelor of Arts, Durham University
Senior Policy Analysis Officer (Secondment), Scottish Funding Council SFC26 Feb 2018 → 16 Nov 2018
Board Member, Cachín Cachán Cachunga! Arts2013 → 2018
1/03/18 → 31/05/21
Research Output per year
Trans inclusive Higher Education: strategies to support trans, non-binary and gender diverse students and staffMckendry, S. & Lawrence, M., 3 Apr 2020, (Accepted/In press) Strategies for Supporting Inclusion and Diversity in the Academy: Higher Education, Aspiration and Inequality. Crimmins, G. (ed.). London
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter
Empowering Leadership to Support Transgender Students and Staff within Higher Education: What Works to Raise Awareness and Effect Change?Mckendry, S. & Lawrence, M., 14 Jan 2019, London. 22 p.
Research output: Book/Report › Other report
Activities per year
Blog: 'It gets better? Intersectional LGBTQI+ (in)equalities and the UK Government’s LGBT Action PlanYvette Taylor (Blogger), Matson Lawrence (Blogger)
Activity: Other activity types › Types of Public engagement and outreach - Media article or participation
Activity: Participating in or organising an event types › Organiser of special symposia