Matthew Archer is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Sustainability in the Department of Environment and Geography at the University of York. His research examines the role of non-state actors like corporations and financial institutions in sustainability governance, with a strong focus on the intersection of standards, technology, and labour in the context of global mineral and agricultural supply chains. His work engages with interdisciplinary conversations in human geography, anthropology, and STS and has been published in journals such as Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space, GeoHumanities, Political Geography, Critique of Anthropology, and Surveillance & Society.
Before joining DEG in July 2022, Matthew gained postdoctoral research and teaching experience at Copenhagen Business School and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. He has a PhD in environmental studies from Yale University, an MSc in environmental economics and climate change from the London School of Economics, and BAs in international studies and Chinese from the University of Mississippi.
Matthew is co-editor-in-chief of Culture, Agriculture, Food & Environment, the journal of the Culture and Agriculture section of the American Anthropological Association. He is also the programme lead of the MSc in Sustainable Business (SuBLIM), which is convened in collaboration with Maastricht University through the York-Maastricht Partnership.