Matt Hopkins

Matt Hopkins is a senior researcher at the Academic-Industry Research Network. His research interests include the innovation process, executive compensation, the finance of innovation, government-business collaboration, and the global dynamics of industrial development. Hopkins received his PhD from SOAS University of London and his dissertation is titled “Strategic Control and the Role of Executive Compensation in the Innovation or Financialization of Firms”.

Hopkins participated in a number of research projects supported by the Institute for New Economic Thinking involving the  analysis of emergent and established Clean Technology sectors. His research focuses on developing a better understanding of 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. Hopkins 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. Hopkins 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. His research contributed to two Chapters of Professor Mariana Mazzucato’s second edition of The New Entrepreneurial 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).

Hopkins holds a Master’s 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 Bachelor’s degree with a double major in Economics and English from the University of Southern Maine.