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Matthew Beck

Associate Professor in Infrastructure Management
University of Sydney


Matthew completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Sydney where he graduated with honours in Economics (specialising in International Trade and Development Economics). He was instrumental in the maintenance and regeneration of the Discipline of Marketing, where as an undergraduate student he delivered a broad range of subjects at both the undergraduate and postgraduate level, including courses including marketing principles, consumer behaviour, introductory and advanced marketing research techniques, and new product marketing and retail and services marketing. In this role he began his long history of receiving teaching award citations and nominations. He acted as Undergraduate Student Coordinator, was involved in several discipline committees, and actively oversaw the professional development of junior academic staff. In 2007 he completed a Master of Philosophy which comprehensively examined the role of sport in society and the development of sporting loyalty by individual supporters, from casual fandom to fanatical support.

In 2007 he joined the Institute of Transport and Logistics. Within ITLS he has a broad portfolio of teaching experience, but is primarily responsible for the delivery of the introductory quantitative methods course, a prerequisite for the degrees in the Master’s program. In this role Matthew regularly receives commendations for his teaching and is often nominated for wider awards in education (though is yet to see any merit in completing the painful application process following a nomination). Due to his practical experience combined with his innovative teaching methods, Matthew has been invited to also lecture in the CEMS degree, the number one ranked Master of International Management program (Financial Times, 2009).

In conjunction with his extensive teaching commitments Matthew maintains an active research agenda, with several papers in the leading transport and logistics journals. He has been a member on a number of successful grants (both domestic and international) and publishes across a broad range of literatures (transport, logistics, marketing, health and the environment). In December 2012 Matthew completed a investigating the role of group decision making in the purchase of household motor vehicles and the statistical modelling of the group choice process. Simultaneous to his academic career, Matthew is also extremely active in consulting working on diverse brand management, media relations, fast moving consumer goods and pharmaceutical projects. In the rare periods when not working, you might find him working on his real objective; becoming the number one golfer in transportation and logistics.

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