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Prior to Cranfield, Professor Matthews was awarded a BSc in Behavioural Sciences (Aston University), MSc in Financial Economics (University of Wales), MBA (Warwick University) and a PhD in Development Economics (Glasgow University). Subsequently, Professor Matthews gained two Research Fellowships from NATO, undertaking field work in the United States. He also won a World Bank Robert S McNamara Fellowship to research for one year at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Nairobi. Additionally, Professor Matthews was a Visiting Researcher at the Hoover Institute of War, Revolution and Peace (Stanford University) and also at Capetown University, the National University of Singapore and the Institute of Strategic Studies, Islamabad.

Current activities

Professor Matthews is presently lecturing Defence Economics on the Cranfield MBA (Defence). He also lectures on the Economics of Security at the Shrivenham Faculty and in Addis Ababa. Professor Matthews lectures defence economics and the management of defence technology in Singapore and international business in Hong Kong.


Professor Matthews is engaged in consultancy work on offset effectiveness for such clients as the UK Ministry of Defence, major European defence manufacturers and foreign offset authorities.



Articles In Journals


  • Matthews R (2019) Chapter 25: Singapore’s defence-industrial ecosystem. In: The economics of the global defence industries, Taylor and Francis.
  • Matthews R (eds), (2019) The political economy of defence, Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
  • Matthews R (2016) Malaysia. In: Security Sector Horizon-Scanning 2016 - Southeast Asia. Dorman AM, O’Brien T, Craig M (ed.), Shrivenham: Cranfield University, p. 112-143.
  • Matthews R, Darby R & Cleary LR. (2016) Southeast Asia. In: Security Sector Horizon-Scanning 2016 - Southeast Asia. Dorman AM, O’Brien T, Craig M (ed.), Shrivenham: Cranfield University, p. 1-22.
  • Matthews R & Lozano A (2013) ‘India’s Defence Acquisition and Offset Strategy,’. In: India’s Military Modernization: Challenges and Prospects, New Delhi: New Delhi Oxford University Press.
  • Matthews R & Zhang Yan N (2009) Small Country Total Defence: A case study of Singapore. In: Defence Procurement and Industrial Policy: A Small Country Perspective, Taylor & Francis (Routledge): SSH Titles, p. 255-271, ed. 1st.
  • Matthews R & Maharani C (2009) Iron Triangle Revisited. In: The Modern Defence Industry: Political, Economic, and Technological Issues. Bitzinger R (ed.), Praeger, p. 38-59, ed. 1.
  • Matthews R (2008) Defence and the Economy: An Introduction. In: Globalization and Defence in Asia Pacific: Arms across Asia. Till G, Chew E and Ho J (ed.), Routledge, p. 133-147, ed. 1.
  • Matthews R (2008) Managing the revolution in military affairs. In: Military Transformation and Strategy, Revolutions in Military Affairs and Small States, Oxon, England: Routledge, p. 44-61, ed. 1.
  • Matthews RG (2002) Saudi Arabia: Development through Technology Offsets. In: Arming the South, Palgrave.
  • Matthews R (eds), (2001) Managing the revolution in military affairs, New York: Macmillan Press, ed. 2001 edition.
  • Matthews R European collaboration in the development of new weapons systems. In: The Emergence of EU Defense Policy: From Innovation to Militarization, Springer.