Picture of Dr Matthew WoodFuture Research Leaders Fellowship for Dr Wood

Dr Matthew Wood has been awarded an ESRC Future Research Leaders Fellowship for the study of how delegated bodies can improve trust and support for their work from stakeholders in volatile political environments.

Dr Wood, a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Politics, will undertake the three-year fellowship from 2015. His project – ‘New Political Spaces? Enhancing the Legitimacy of Delegated Agencies’ - will involve case studies in food safety, health technology regulation and disease control and prevention, and use an innovative ‘impact-led’ methodology including co-production.

It will build upon Matthew’s 2013 Visiting Fellowship at the ANZSOG Institute for Governance at the University of Canberra, in which he conducted research on the Murray Darling Basin Authority’s stakeholder engagement strategy.

The Economic and Social Research Council’s (ESRC) Future Research Leaders scheme aims to enable outstanding early-career social scientists, in partnership with their host organisation, to acquire the skills set to become the future world leaders in their field.

Dr Wood is also Deputy Director of the Sir Bernard Crick Centre for the Public Understanding of Politics. He finished his PhD, entitled ‘Depoliticisation, Crisis and Governance’, in the Department in 2014.