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Dr Nathanial Matthews

Nate-MatthewsSenior Visiting Research Fellow

Department of Geography
King’s College London
Strand Campus
WC2R 2LS  


Twitter: @Nate_Matthews_

Primary Staff Sponsor: Mark Mulligan

Research Interests

  • The Food-Energy-Environment-Water Nexus
  • Global Agriculture and Sustainable Intensification 
  • Environmental (Food, Water and Energy) security, policy and governance
  • Ecosystem Services and Resilience
  • The political economy and ecology of development


Nate is a political and environmental scientist whose principal interests lie in understanding and mitigating the impacts of political and economic change on people and the environment in developing countries, especially concerning the water-energy-food nexus. He has professional and fieldwork experience spanning 25 countries around the globe, primarily focused in Asia and Africa.

Nate is currently the Global Research Coordinator and Flagship Leader of the US$36 million Integrating Ecosystems into Policy and Solutions Flagship for the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE). In this role, Nate works with over 175 partners to engage decision makers and coordinate researchers across WLE’s four focal regions (West Africa, East Africa, the Ganges and the Greater Mekong). WLE vision is a world in which agriculture thrives within vibrant ecosystems, and where communities have higher incomes, improved food security and the ability to continually improve their lives. 

Nate is recognized as a thought leader on the water-energy-food nexus and has over 20 peer reviewed publications covering environmental justice, forestry, agriculture, irrigation, hydropower, ecosystems services, resilience and the water-energy-food nexus. He has given over 30 invited international talks.

Previously, he was a Lecturer in the Department of Geography at King's College London.


My focus is on interdisciplinary applied research (R4D). I seek to engage the end users of research at the beginning of the research process to foster impact. My current research revolves around the interconnected spheres of Water, Energy, Food and the Environment sometimes referred to as the Nexus. More specifically, I am interested in water, energy and food security and policy, ecosystem services and resilience, and sustainable intensification.

I am happy to consider PhD or masters supervision for strong candidates focused on impact.


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