Matthew is an applied labour economist. He teaches microeconomics, labour economics and the economics of the public sector. His research includes the relationship between human capital, skills and the labour market, the changing nature of work roles in families and the decline of the male breadwinner model, and the costs of intervention in complex cases of social care. Matthew graduated with a PhD from UEA in 2011. He is also the Employability Officer for the School.

Matthew visits local schools as part of his Outreach activities, giving classes on many aspects of economics as a discipline and its advantages for employability and career options.
Radio appearance on the topic of youth unemployment for Future Radio and Euronet radio.

All Publications

Connolly, S., Aldrich, M., O'Brien, M., Speight, S., Poole, E.


Britain’s slow movement to a gender egalitarian equilibrium: parents and employment in the UK 2001–13,

in Work, Employment and Society



pp. 838-857

Full Text UEA Repository



Poole, E., Speight, S., O'Brien, M., Connolly, S., Aldrich, M.


Who are Non-Resident Fathers?: A British Socio-Demographic Profile,

in Journal of Social Policy



pp. 223-250

Full Text UEA Repository



O'Brien, M., Connolly, S., Speight, S., Aldrich, M., Poole, E.


Father involvement with young children in the contemporary United Kingdom,

in Father Involvement in the Early Years : An International Comparison of Policy and Practice.

University of Chicago Press

ISBN 9781447318996

Full Text UEA Repository



Key Research Interests

Matthew is currently working on a collaborative research project investigating the role of fathers within the family and in the labour market, and considers how institutional factors affect this relationship. This will include a comprehensive profiling of fathers in the UK in 21st century Britain. This work involves researchers at UEA and at NatCen Social Research.

His work on 'Modern Fatherhood: Fathers, work and families in the 21st Century' can be viewed at

He also worked on the Westminster Family Recovery Pathfinder and the Family Intervention Project, investigating the costs of social care intervention in complex cases and how care policy could be improved. Current working papers: Aldrich, M. and S. Connolly, “The returns to education – do soft skills matter?” Aldrich, M. and S. Connolly, “Does education bring health and happiness?”

Teaching Interests

Matthew is a Lecturer in Microeconomics. He teaches Introductory Microeconomics, the compulsory first year module, as well as the optional modules Public Sector Economics and Labour Economics.

Key Responsibilities

Matthew is the Employability Officer for the School of Economics. He works closely with the Careers Centre to design the employability programme for the School and organises events to aid students in their career development, and offers guidance and advice. He is also responsible for School internships. You can contact him if you want to discuss your options and get any advice on careers-related matters.