Matt is a final year PhD candidate with the Institute for Sustainable Futures. His background is in Environmental Engineering; however his research is trans-disciplinary drawing on practice theory, new economics, transitions theories and environmental disciplines. His research explores the impact of living in sustainable housing developments, such as cohousing communities and ecovillages, on everyday consumption practices. The research has used a mix of qualitative (participant observation and interviews) and quantitative (ecological footprint data collection) methods, to focus on the sustainable practices that are encouraged and/or developed within households and communities, whilst trying to understand the impact these developments might have on a wider scale.
Matt completed a B. Engineering (Environmental) (Hons I) at the University of Wollongong in 2006. During his degree he was part of the Reverse Osmosis Solar Installation (ROSI) research team which received 2nd prize (Water) at the 2003 Energy Globe Awards, conducted honours research on ocean wave energy systems.
In conjunction with his research, Matt has been actively involved in providing technical leadership and design knowledge on a wide range of projects, primarily regarding environmental planning, water, and built environment focused activities in the infrastructure sector.
Matt is a member of the global Practices, Built Environment and Sustainability researcher network, and National co-treasurer of the Australian Early Career Urban Research Network.
Riedy, C, Wynne, L, McKenna, K & Daly, M 2019, '“It’s a Great Idea for Other People”: Cohousing as a Housing Option for Older Australians', Urban Policy and Research, vol. 37, no. 2, pp. 227-242.View/Download from: Publisher's site
© 2018, © 2018 Editorial Board, Urban Policy and Research. Older Australians face housing challenges including supply, accessibility, affordability, security of tenure and isolation. This article examines the potential for cohousing to address these challenges. In interviews, professionals indicated that cohousing promises benefits for older people, but identified financial and planning barriers. In contrast, focus groups with older people found significant resistance to the concept of shared living; many participants did not see value in cohousing. Resistance stemmed from negative associations with cohousing and cultural lack of familiarity with shared living arrangements. Cohousing has an image problem in Australia that needs to be overcome if it is to thrive.
Daly, M 2017, 'Quantifying the environmental impact of ecovillages and co-housing communities: a systematic literature review', Local Environment, vol. 22, no. 11, pp. 1358-1377.View/Download from: Publisher's site
© 2017 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. Many intentional communities worldwide, such as ecovillages and co-housing communities, have explicit goals of living in an environmentally sustainable manner, and are taking conscious steps towards these goals in response to the widely discussed unsustainability of the global sociotechnical system. There are numerous claims from researchers and community members, in the academic and grey literature, that intentional communities are making significant improvements towards sustainability goals, particularly in terms of environmental impact. However, actual measures of progress, with evidence supporting these claims, are relatively scarce. This paper presents the findings of a systematic review of quantitative studies of the environmental impact of intentional communities, including comparisons with relevant “mainstream” communities. The review focused on the two indicators that are most commonly reported in studies of the impact of intentional communities–the ecological footprint and the carbon footprint. This review was undertaken as there is a lack of literature reviews that comprehensively compile existing quantitative studies about intentional communities. In total, the review identified 16 separate studies covering 23 communities and 30 footprint measurements, with publication dates ranging from 2000 to 2014. This is a greater number of studies than in any other literature review of this topic. Taken as a whole, these compiled studies provide strong support for claims of greater environmental sustainability within these communities, and reinforce the need for greater research and exploration of the role sustainability-oriented intentional communities can play in the transition to more sustainable sociotechnical systems.
Daly, M 2015, 'Practicing sustainability: Lessons from a sustainable cohousing community', State of Australian Cities Conference 2015: Refereed Proceedings, State of Australian Cities (SOAC) Conference, SOAC, Gold coast, Queensland.
Macrorie, R, Daly, M & Spurling, N 2014, 'Can ‘systems of practice’ help to analyse wide-scale socio-technical change', Practices, the Built Environment and Sustainability – A Thinking Note Collection, Cambridge, UK, pp. 16-18.
Macrorie, R, Royston, S & Daly, M 2014, 'The role of ‘Communities of Practice’ within the built environment', Practices, the Built Environment and Sustainability – A Thinking Note Collection, Cambridge, UK, pp. 28-30.
Royston, S, Daly, M & Foulds, C 2014, 'Know-how, practices and sustainability', Practices, the Built Environment and Sustainability – A Thinking Note Collection., Cambridge, UK, pp. 7-9.
Prior, J, Wilmot, K, Daly, M & Madden, B 2018, How do households adapt to heat events in Western Sydney?, prepared for NSW Adaption Hub, Office of Environment and Heritage, by Institute for Sustainable Futures, UTS, Sydney, Australia.