Matthew joined the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) in 2014. He is currently undertaking a PhD in the Drug Policy Modelling Program. The focus of Matthew’s thesis is understanding how high-level drug traffickers operate in Australia. Projects include: (a) examining supply changes in Australia’s ecstasy, heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine markets; and (b) understanding the machinations of Australian high-level drug traffickers; including the conditions for market entry, the nature of relationships, roles, business structures and operations, drivers of profitability, links with legitimate business, growing a drug dealing enterprise, competition, collusion, collaborations, risk management, and responses to law enforcement.
Prior to joining NDARC, Matthew completed a Bachelor of Science (with psychology honours) at the University of New South Wales in 2011. The focus of his honours thesis was associative learning with mental imagery. Since the beginning of 2012 he has been involved in a number of research projects across a range of backgrounds: including clinical, forensic and perceptual psychology; cognitive neuroscience; law; and illicit drugs.