Portrait of  Matthew Snell Matthew Snell

m.j.snell@hud.ac.uk | 01484 472582


Position: Research Projects Manager – Sustainable & Resilient Communities​
Qualifications: BSc (Hons), MSc


Matt joined the University of Huddersfield and its Centre for Sustainable and Resilient Communities in October 2015.

Prior to that, he spent most of his time working with non-governmental organisations. He has lived and worked in Cote d’Ivoire, Guatemala, Kenya, Senegal, Uganda and Zambia and has undertaken shorter professional visits to Bolivia, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Chad, Ethiopia, Mali, Guinea Conakry, the Palestinian territories, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan and Sudan.

In his 17 years working in international development, he has held a variety of positions including volunteer water engineer, Projects Manager, Country Director, Regional Adviser, CEO, and consultant.


2012-2015: Consultant, multiple assignments in Zambia, Southern Africa more broadly and the UK

2006-2011: Chief Executive Officer, International Service, UK

2005-2006: Regional Humanitarian Preparedness Adviser, Oxfam West Africa

2004-2005: Chief Executive Officer (interim), Restless Development, UK

2003-2004: Consultant and Team Leader, Oxfam assignments in Mauritania, Sudan and UK

2001-2002: Country Director and WASH Adviser, Oxfam Québec, Kenya

1999-2000: Volunteer WASH Engineer, Guatemala and Uganda, SAFAD and Water For People

Research and Scholarship

Matthew manages various projects in SW Ethiopia that are focused on adding economic value to Non Timber Forest Products, such as coffee, honey and spices. These projects aim to improve livelihoods, improve community land tenure rights and conserve forest and the wild coffee gene pool.

He is undertaking a part time PhD exploring the management of social enterprises operating in developing countries.  He is interested in the role of renewable energies, with current emphasis on solar energy.

Matthew is collaborating on various projects including the development of a solar powered irrigation pump (initially being trialled in Zambia) and the exploration of collective wisdom in the management of scarce natural resources (initially in Kenya).


Recipient of BAM Conference Developmental Paper Award in Entrepreneurship section – 2017

Enterprise Activities

Current work on the development of a solar powered irrigation pump involves collaboration with Longcroft Engineering (a company based in Todmorden), iDE (an international NGO) as well as UoH’s School of Engineering.

Matthew has worked with several external agencies, undertaking consultancy work for PMTC and Ecorys in Southern Africa, Stars Foundation in the UK, as well as Sunny Money and Oxfam in various African countries.

Administrative Responsibilities

Operational management and oversight of multiple projects in SW Ethiopia. Although these are research and implementation and projects, they involve considerable amounts of regular financial and personnel management as well as liaison with donors.