Matt Hopkins

Research Associate

Center for Industrial Competitiveness, University of Massachusetts Lowell


B.A., Economics and English, University of Southern Maine;
M.A., Economic and Social Development of Regions,
University of Massachusetts Lowell Scholarly

Innovation and technological change;
Historical, policy, and business foundations of economic development;
Regional Analysis;
High technology, clean technology.

Matt Hopkins is a Research Associate for the University of Massachusetts Lowell Center for Industrial Competitiveness. His research has been supported in part under Professor William Lazonick’s project on Financial Institutions for Innovation and Development, funded by the Ford Foundation, and focuses on analysis of emergent and established Clean Technology sectors. Matt works to explain the finance of innovation by describing the global dynamics between business and public investment in clean technology, drawing on the strategies of its major firms, historical technological developments, and policies driving Clean Technology today. Matt co-authored a report “Skills for green jobs in the United States” for the International Labour Organization, and co-authored an op-ed describing the Solyndra bankruptcy for the Huffington Post. He has written or contributed to several ongoing works, with topics including the history of the formation of the wind energy industry in the United States, the rise of Chinese Solar Photovoltaic manufacturing, changing patterns of R&D investment in the United States, and the need for Patient Capital for Clean Technology innovation. His research contributed to two Chapters of Professor Mariana Mazucatto’s second edition of The New Entreprenuerial State. In addition, he has presented his work in a number of conferences, including those sponsored the Ford Foundation, Industrial Studies Association, and Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES). Matt holds a masters degree from the former department of Regional Economic and Social Development at UMass Lowell, and was named the department’s graduate student of the year in 2010. He also holds a bachelors degree with a double major in Economics and English from the University of Southern Maine.