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.
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.