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?”

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