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Dr Frederico Matos

Associate Lecturer, Sociology
BSc (Organizational Sociology, Minho, Portugal), MSc (Political Sociology, LSE), PhD (Sociology, UCL), PGCE-LTHE (UCL), FHEA

Profile

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, King’s College London (since 2013)
  • Visiting Research Fellow, University College London (UCL) (2012)
  • Associate Lecturer, Department of Geography (since 2011)
  • Research Associate, University of Cambridge (2006-2012)
  • Sessional Lecturer, Department of Social Policy and Education,
    Birkbeck, University of London (2009-2011)
  • Guest Lecturer, Faculty of Education, Anglia Ruskin University (2010)
  • Research Officer, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) (2003-2006)
  • Research Assistant, Department of Media and Communications, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) (2005 & 2006)

Research and Teaching

  • Research Interests:
  • The development of Sociology of Academia as a subfield of Sociology, by looking at the cultural and intellectual roles of the university and the conceptualisation of knowledge
  • The development of careers in universities with focus on both the institutional practices and rules and on the individuals
  • Exploration of questions around science, epistemology and research methodology with reference, amongst others, to disciplinary practices
  • Teaching
  • Frederico currently teaches on the following modules:
    • Sociology (HEIS)
    • Sociological Imagination and Everyday Life
    • Social Inequalities and Diversities
    • Knowing the Social World
  • Supervision
    • Undergraduate Dissertations

Publications

  • Books/chapters
    • Matos, F.(ed) (2013 forthcoming). Research on Current International Sociology. Athens: ATINER, with Papanikos, Gregory (forthcoming).
    • Matos, F. (2011). “The role of doctoral students in the creation of knowledge. A case study of the Social Sciences PhD in a UK research-intensive university” In Palmer, Stephen (ed) Between Identity and Practice: Contemporary Perspectives on the Intellectual. Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press.
    • Matos, F. (2008). “O doutoramento: Políticas e Práticas em Transição” [The PhD: Policies and Practices in Transition] In Araújo, Emília (ed) Como Fazer um Doutoramento. Porto: Edições Ecopy.
  • Journal articles
  • Peer-reviewed Articles
    • Matos, Frederico (2013) “PhD and the manager’s dream: professionalising the students, the degree and the supervisors?” Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management (forthcoming)
  • Book Chapters
    • Matos, Frederico (2011) “The role of doctoral students in the creation of knowledge. A case study of the Social Sciences PhD in a UK research-intensive university” In Palmer, Stephen (ed) Between Identity and Practice: Contemporary Perspectives on the Intellectual. Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press;
    • Matos, Frederico (2008) “O doutoramento: Políticas e Práticas em Transição” [The PhD: Policies and Practices in Transition] In Araújo, Emília (ed) Como Fazer um Doutoramento. Porto: Edições Ecopy.
  • Book Reviews
    • Matos, Frederico (2013) Kalberg, Stephen (2012) Max Weber’s Comparative-Historical Sociology Today. Major Themes, Mode of Causal Analysis, and Applications. Farnham and Burlington, VT: Ashgate In Sociological Research Online (forthcoming);
    • Matos, Frederico (2004) Mertes, Tom (ed) (2004) A Movement of Movements. Is another world really possible? London and New York: Verso In Millennium. Journal of International Studies, Vol. 33, No 2, pp 435 – 436.
  • Other Publications
    • Matos, Frederico (2006) “The PhD at the LSE – supervisors’ views” PhD Special, No20; London School of Economics and Political Science;
    • Matos, Frederico (2005) “HEFCE Report: PhD Research Degrees – entry and completion” [analysis and comments on the report], Teaching Matters, No 18, London School of Economics and Political Science;
    • Matos, Frederico (2004) “The financial situation of LSE PhD students”, Teaching Matters, No 16, London School of Economics and Political Science;
    • Matos, Frederico (2004) “Achieving a First at Oxford: contributing factors”, No 16, Teaching Matters, London School of Economics and Political Science;
    • Matos, Frederico (2000) “Paul Feyerabend” Socius, University of Minho;
    • Matos, Frederico (2000) “Sobre o 25 de Abril” [article on students’ perspectives on the 1974 democratic revolution in Portugal], Socius, University of Minho.
  • WORK IN PROGRESS
  • Articles
    • Matos, Frederico “Bourdieu subverted: a new understanding of reproduction in academia. Integrating Derrida’s censorship into Bourdieu’s reproduction
    • Matos, Frederico “Methodological duet: from participant observation to ‘participant observer’ and back”
    • Matos, Frederico “The PhD in the Social Sciences: from intellectual journey to tram ride? Time constrained intellectual production”

Conference Papers

    • “Internal and external uses of student engagement metrics” to be presented at the 6th Annual Conference of the Higher Education Institutional Research (HEIR) Network: Progressive Partnerships: Engaging stakeholder in Institutional Research, Birmingham City University, 11-12 July, with Camille B Kandiko and Juliet Chester (2013)
    • “Doctoral degree: between identity and management” to be presented at the International Conference on Education, Culture and Identity, International University of Sarajevo, 6-8 July” (2013)
    • “The King’s Experience Survey” presented at the 7th Annual Excellence in Teaching Conference, King’s College London, London, 18 June, with Camille B Kandiko;” (2013)
    • “Strategic use of student surveys: A case study of an engagement survey at King’s College London” presented at the Surveys for Enhancement Conference (HEA), Manchester, 16 May, with Camille B Kandiko” (2013)
    • "Subverting Bourdieu: reproduction and censorship in reproduction" presented at the International Institute of Social and Economic Sciences 2012 Conference, Dubrovnik, 24-27 June (2012)
    • “What next for Academia? A reflection on how funding policies for doctoral programmes impact on future academics and disciplinary practices” presented at the British Sociological Association 60th Anniversary conference, London School of Economics, London, 6-8 April (2011)
    • “Doctoral programmes and the concept of “original contribution to knowledge”: are doctoral students creators of new knowledge? Implication of new policies on Social Sciences doctoral programmes in the UK.”, presented at the 9th European Sociological Association Conference, Lisbon, 2-5 September (2009)
    • “The role of doctoral students in the creation of knowledge. A case study of the Social Sciences PhD in a UK research-intensive university”, presented at the Intellectuals – Knowledge, Power and Ideas 2nd Global Conference, Budapest, 8-10 May (2009)
    • “A new face for academia? How changing  policies impact on practices in doctoral programmes in the UK. A case study” presented at the “2nd International Sociology Conference”, ATINER, Athens, 12-15 May (2008)
    • “Independent PhD student? The new PhD programmes in the UK and their impact on academic independence of the doctoral student. A case study” presented at Withstanding Influence: Academic Independence and its Discontents conference”, University of Rouen, France, 27-28 March (2008)
    • “Transnational intellectual elites in the global city” presented at the Everyday Life in the Global City Conference, The Manchester Institute of Social and Spatial Transformations (MISST), Department of Sociology, Manchester Metropolitan University (2007)
    • “PhD: what is it? An analysis of how different stakeholders perceive the doctoral degree. Match or mismatch?” presented at the “Higher Education Close Up 3” International Conference Devoted to Fine-Grained Qualitative Research, Lancaster University (July 2006)
    • “Developing the PhD Experience” presented at the 1st SRHE Postgraduate Student Conference, University of Bristol (December 2004)

Past research projects

Consultancy

  • Consultant, UniversitiesUK
    Development of the Principal Investigator and Research Leader Survey (PIRLS) which has been rolled out in 2011 to all UK universities wishing to take part (2010-2011)
  • Project Consultant and Researcher
    Institute of Education, University of London, and the Learning and Skills Development Agency (LSDA – now divided into the QIA and the LSN) (2003)

Affiliations/membership

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • British Sociological Association
  • European Sociological Association
  • Portuguese Sociological Association/Associação Portuguesa de Sociologia

Contact details

Email: f.matos@bbk.ac.uk