Professor Matthew Flinders is related to Captain Matthew Flinders (1774- 1814) who led the first circumnavigation of Australia (and gave it its name) and likes to claim that Flinders University is named after him and not his famous ancestor. Prof. Flinders spends most of his time mapping complex bureaucratic networks in his role as a professor of politics but also has a passion for making his research relevant to policy-makers and of interest to the public. He is a former ‘Overall Impact Champion’ in the United Kingdom, and he has worked as a special adviser in both the House of Lords and House of Commons. He is now focused on building high-impact research infrastructure through his role as Chair of the Universities Policy Engagement Network.
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