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Research interests

Work and employment relations; organizations; economic sociology; political economy; comparative historical sociology; theory.

Biographical details

Matt Vidal received his PhD in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2007. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment in 2007-8, and was appointed as Lecturer in Work and Organisations at King's beginning in 2008.

Matt's main areas of expertise are the sociology of work and employment, organizations, labour markets, and comparative political economy. His research on American manufacturing has produced a nuanced understanding of lean production, documenting the range of diversity in forms of implementation and the many cultural and political obstacles to thorough organisational transformations. Among other projects, he is currently working on a book entitled "Lean Enough: The Political Economy of U.S. Manufacturing After Fordism."

Matt is on the editorial board of Work, Employment & Society, and is Co-Editor (with Jon Hindmarsh) of the “Organisations & Work” section of Sociology Compass. Matt is also Editor-in-Chief of Work in Progress, the blog for the Organizations, Occupations and Work section of the American Sociological Association.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities


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