Prior to academic life, Matthew worked for 11 years as a professional spatial planner specialising in urban regeneration and sustainability. He returned to university in 1999 as Research Assistant on a UK Government funded project and completed a doctorate in Innovation and Sustainability. Following an appointment as Lecturer at Cranfield University in 2003, Matthew joined the Open University in 2009 and is now Professor of Innovation. Matthew’s research interests are in the governance of innovation with specific reference to two inter-related topic areas: 1) the development of service orientated business models and the opportunities this provides for product service system innovation in cities 2) the emergence of smart city initiatives and how these may improve the sustainability of systems such as transport and energy which underpin every-day life in cities. Matthew’s work in these areas is founded on the view that innovation is a situated socio technical process, shaped by various logics which are the outcome of struggles between local and non-local relations.