Assistant Professor, Department of Environment and Geography, University of York


Matthew Archer is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Sustainability in the Department of Environment and Geography at the University of York. His research examines the role of non-state actors like corporations and financial institutions in sustainability governance, with a strong focus on the intersection of standards, technology, and labour in the context of global mineral and agricultural supply chains. His work engages with interdisciplinary conversations in human geography, anthropology, and STS and has been published in journals such as Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space, GeoHumanities, Political Geography, Critique of Anthropology, and Surveillance & Society.

Selected publications

Archer, Matthew. “How to govern a sustainable supply chain: Standards, standardizers, and the political ecology of (in) advertence.” Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space (2021): 25148486211014505.

Calvão, Filipe, and Matthew Archer. “Digital extraction: Blockchain traceability in mineral supply chains.” Political Geography 87 (2021): 102381.

Archer, Matthew. “Navigating the sustainability landscape: Impact pathways and the sustainability ethic as moral compass.” Focaal 1, no. aop (2020): 1-15.

Archer, Matthew. “Stakes and stakeholders in the climate casino.” GeoHumanities 6, no. 1 (2020): 171-187.