Dr Matthew Davis
- Position: Associate Professor
- Areas of expertise: Organizational Psychology; Socio-Technical Systems; Ergonomics; Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR); Office Design; Pro-Environmental Behaviour
- Email: M.Davis@leeds.ac.uk
- Phone: +44(0)113 343 6831
- Location: 2.23 Charles Thackrah
- Website: Twitter | LinkedIn | Googlescholar | Researchgate | ORCID
I am an Associate Professor at Leeds University Business School, a Chartered Psychologist and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. My research centres on how people interact with their environments, office design, hybrid working and future workplaces. I also research how businesses engage in CSR, particularly to address sustainability and modern slavery. I believe that psychology offers valuable tools to help approach these and many other business problems. Socio-technical systems thinking underpins much of my research.
I have worked with partners such as Rolls-Royce, Marks and Spencer, Arup Consulting, Atkins and British Gas. I have led and contributed to a range of public and privately funded applied research projects.
I have published my research in international journals and high quality edited books. I have won international, national and university awards for my work. Most notably being awarded the 2010 US Academy of Management Making Connections award recognising contributions that cross-disciplinary, international and practitioner academic divides.
I am an Expert Member of the UK Ministry of Defence Research Ethics Committee (https://www.gov.uk/government/groups/ministry-of-defence-research-ethics-committees) and a Member of the British Psychological Society’s Ethics Committe. I am also the Chair of the Faculty Research Ethics Committee for the three faculties of Business, Environment and Social Sciences.
I am involved in teaching relating to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Socio-Technical Systems. I supervise dissertations and a number of PhD students. I have guest lectured at the University of Sheffield, UK and University of Fortaleza, Brazil.
I welcome applications for PhD students, particularly those who are interested in:
- Design and evaluation of modern workspace in particular agile, activity based workspaces or flexible work arrangements
- Understanding the interactions between human, buildings and technology particularly regarding - energy use, automation or technology design
- Evaluation of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives in particular pro-environmental / green behaviour change or addressing modern slavery in supply chains
Current Leadership Roles
- Chair of the Business, Environment and Social Sciences Faculty Research Ethics Committee - Committee reviews applications from across the three Faculties of Social Sciences, Business and Environment.
- Expert Member of the UK Ministry of Defence Research Ethics Committee - This position is a formal Ministerial Appointment to a Public Body. The committee advises ministers and is established to provide independent advice across the MoD on the ethics of the involvement of human participants in research.
- Member of the British Psychological Society’s Ethics Committe - Committee promotes the ethical practice of psychology and is responsible for the Code of Ethics and Conduct within the Society
- Foundation Governor of All Saints Catholic High School, Sheffield - Member of the main Governing Body, Chair of the Personnel and Staffing sub-committee and Link Governor for the Sixth Form.
- 2019 – Leeds University Business School Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence
- 2017 - Leeds University Business School Partnership Award for Best Feedback
- 2016 - The University of Leeds Building Knowledge and Capacity sustainability award.
- 2016 - Leeds University Business School Management Division Award for Outstanding Teaching on a large module, in recognition of student feedback.
- 2013 - US Academy of Management Organizational Behavior Division Outstanding Reviewer award
- 2010 - US Academy of Management Organizational Behavior Division Making Connections Award.
- 2008 - BPS POP Conference - Best Presented Paper
- 2007 - Division of Occupational Psychology Student Award (3rd prize)
- 2006 - The University of Sheffield John Frisby Prize
- Chair of Business, Environment and Social Sciences joint Faculty Research Ethics Committee
My main main research interests are in the following areas:
- Design and evaluation of modern workspace (e.g., agile or flexible spaces), hybrid working and future offices
- Understanding the interactions between human, buildings and technology (e.g., in terms of energy use, wayfinding, technology design)
- Evaluation of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives (e.g., pro-environmental behaviour change)
- Addressing modern slavery in supply chains
- Applying socio-technical principles and frameworks (e.g., disaster analysis, design, prediction)
- 2021 Davis, M.C. (PI), Hughes, H.P.N. (Co-I), Rees, S.J. (Co-I), Wu, C. (Co-I), & Gritt, E. (Co-I). Adapting offices to support COVID-19 secure workplaces and emerging work patterns. Economic and Social Research Council (ES/W001764/1). 18 month project, £508,080.
- 2020 Sumner, M. (PI), Davis, M.C. (Co-I), Voss, H. (Co-I), & Singhal, D (Co-I). Impact of Covid-19 on management to eradicate modern slavery from global supply chains: A case study of Indian fashion supply chains. Arts and Humanities Research Council. Five month project. £108,572.
- 2020 Unsworth, K.L. (PI), Pienazek, R. (Co-I), Davis, M.C. (Co-I), Song, L. (Co-I), McKay, A. (Co-I). Sustainable and Productive?! Helping Manufacturing SMEs to Manage Multiple Goals. ESRC/University of Sheffield. Six month project, £70,370.
- 2017 Voss, H. (PI), Sumner, M. (Co-I), Davis, M.C. (Co-I), & Waite, L. (Co-I). (2017). Modern Slavery in Fashion Supply Chains. British Academy. £191,903.
- 2017 Hughes, H.N. (PI), Davis, M.C. (CO-I), & Robinson, M.A. (CO-I). SUSSUDIO. Rolls-Royce funded. Twelve month project, £141,049.
- 2016 Davis, M. C. (PI), Unsworth, K.L. (CO-I), Robinson, M. A. (CO-I). Energy efficient behaviour change in schools. British Gas funded. Six month project, £59,974.
- 2016 Davis, M. C. (PI). Engineering System Pilot Evaluation and System Development. Rolls-Royce funded. Six month project, £51,354.
- 2015 Robinson, M. A. (PI), Davis, M. C. (CO-I), & Stott, C. (CO-I). Psycho-Social and Cross-cultural Theoretical Framework of Crowd Behaviour and Management. 20 month project, €207,387 (£172,823). Work package 1 of Impact of Cultural Aspects in the Management of Emergencies, IMPACT Consortium, Project 653383, EU Horizon 2020, €1,398,912 (£1,165760) overall, across eight partners.
PhD Supervision & Examination
Current PhD Students
- Ehssan Al Johani (expected completion 2023) exploring innovation, technology and workspace.
- Katarzyna Cichomska (expected completion in 2022) exploring psychological wayfinding and environmental aspects of crowd behavior.
- Muhammad Haris (expected completion in 2024) exploring artificial intelligence and job design.
- Sarah Holland (expected completion in 2024) exploring biophilia, built environment and micro breaks.
- Jose Ignacio Barrera Malagarriga (expected completion in 2021) developing dynamic systems models of pro-environmental transport behaviour.
- Afshan Iqbal (expected completion in 2022) exploring virtual teams, technostress and wellbeing.
- Kevin Platt (expected completion in 2021) exploring techno stress in engineering environments.
Completed PhD Students
- Anna Viragos (2019). Investigating job crafting from a prosocial perspective. University of Leeds. Joint winner of the 2019 Outstanding Academic Performance Prize, PhD in the Faculty of Business.
- Rebecca Pieniazek (2017). Organisational Resilience: An Investigation into Its Conceptualisation, Outcomes, and Boundary Conditions. University of Leeds. Winner of the 2017 Outstanding Academic Performance Prize, PhD in the Faculty of Business.
- Vedran Lesic (2017). Understanding and Informing Consumers' Perceptions of Their Electricity Use. University of Leeds. Winner of the 2018 Deans Prize for Research Community.
- 2012 PhD in Organizational Psychology University of Leeds
- 2007 MSc in Occupational Psychology (Distinction) University of Sheffield
- 2006 BSc in Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience (1st Class Honours) University of Sheffield
- 2016 BPS Test User: Occupational, Personality & Ability
- Chartered Psychologist, British Psychological Society
- Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society
- Certified Management and Business Educator
I am a Certified Management and Business Educator and have taught across under-graduate, post-graduate and executive programmes on modules concerning: Corporate Social Responsibility, Socio-Technical Systems Thinking, Research Design and Statistics, Dissertations. I have supervised under-graduate and post-graduate dissertations on Management, Organizational Psychology and Executive MBA programmes. I have also delivered sessions on Research Ethics on the Business School’s Doctoral Programme.
Research groups and institutes
- Socio-Technical Centre
- Workplace Behaviour Research Centre