Matt Lesch
Research Fellow



Matt Lesch has a background in political science and public policy. He earned his doctorate from the University of Toronto in 2017. His research examines the political barriers that inhibit the uptake of evidence-based policy ideas. He is currently working with the TRAPS research programme, an interdisciplinary team examining the influence of the alcohol industry on public policy.


  • BA (Hons.) University of Western Ontario 
  • MA University of British Columbia 
  • PhD University of Toronto





Matt’s main research interests include comparative public policy, policy learning and cognition, policy feedback effects, and policy diffusion. His work draws on a combination of qualitative and experimental research methods.

Matt has research expertise in a variety of policy sectors, including fiscal policy and taxation, environmental policy, energy policy, and urban public policy.


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Dr Matt Lesch
Research Fellow

Tel: 01904 32(8389)