Matthew Cotton is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Policy and Planning in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom. He holds a PhD in Environmental Science from the Zuckerman Institute for Connective Environmental Research at the University of East Anglia. Since 2008 he has held postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Manchester and Exeter University, and was formerly Assistant Professor of Sustainability at the University of Leeds.

His research interests are focused upon stakeholder involvement in environmental governance, the development and evaluation of participatory decision-making processes, and procedural environmental justice. He works primarily on issues surrounding energy technologies such as shale gas exploration, nuclear waste management, electricity transmission systems and energy-from-waste projects. He is currently working on public participation-related research on these themes funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, The Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs. His published work includes the recent monograph Ethics and Technology Assessment (Springer), and journal articles in publications such as Energy Policy, Environment and Planning A, Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, Journal of Risk Research, Environmental Values and Public Understanding of Science.