Department of Global Health and Population
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Matthew Coooper is an environmental geographer interested in how global environmental change is affecting human well-being. Before academia, Matthew lived all over the world - from Mali to Alaska to the Philippines - working at the intersection of policy and research. Now, he works with large datasets at global scales using data science methods, but with his research questions and hypotheses deeply informed by his experiences in the field and in the policy sector.
As an HDSI fellow, Matthew will work with "big micro-data": surveys conducted at individual and household levels, combined and harmonized to give a global, high-resolution picture of human well-being. Combining these data with information on prevailing ecological, agricultural, and climatological conditions, he will use machine learning methods to better understand how the environment affects human well-being. Matthew is particularly interested in understanding which populations are most vulnerable to environmental change and which policy interventions could lead to the greatest improvements in well-being, as well as using scenarios to attribute well-being to historical change and forecast what the future might look like.