Dr Petr Matous

PhD University of Tokyo, 2007

Senior Lecturer
School of Civil Engineering

Associate Dean (Indigenous Strategy and Services)
Academic Advisor for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students
Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies

J05 - J05 Civil Engineering Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 5216

Website School of Civil Engineering

Project Management

Complex Systems Research Group

Research interests

An early research project investigating how social networks affected ordinary people's access to clean drinking water in Manila led Dr Petr Matous to observe that certain individuals in each community tended to benefit while those on the margins struggled. This experience convinced him to devote his career to rigorously examining the roles social networks play in contexts with less-efficient institutions and infrastructure, with a view to restructuring such programs to ensure more equitable access.

"Most of my research is about networks. More specifically, it is about the interplay of technologies with social or interorganisational networks and the environment.

"Humans have always formed networks through their relationships - before the internet, before the phone and before the car. But social networks are not always fair, and social network analysis can show where any problems are and how to manage the provision of life-essential services more equitably.

"For example, investigating how the introduction of new infrastructure and technology affects local communities in developing countries - and how the structure of these communities affects the success of such projects within them - can help us to minimise negative impacts to the community and facilitate the smooth implementation and operation of development programs.

"I find the work I do really interesting - entering a new community in a new country, developing new friendships, learning from local people, and coming back next year and catching up with everyone again.

"After participating in this process personally, the analysis stage then provides a new kind of enjoyment. When the data comes in, and the results show what social mechanisms are at play in the community you just visited, this is another type of excitement again. Writing the code for the analysis and running models can go on into the night before you notice it, but when beautiful networks start coming out, it's definitely worth it.

"I joined the University of Sydney in 2015 after almost thirteen years in Tokyo. The members of the Complex Systems Group here, which I have joined, have been developing very sophisticated quantitative modelling and analytic methods, which I believe could further enrich my research.

"I also hope to turn students' eyes to the most pressing problems in our societies, and help them become true global engineers."

Teaching and supervision

PMGT3857 - International Project Management
PMGT5888 - Global Project Management

Current research students

Project title Research student
Modeling Stakeholder Engagement Through Social Networks: The Integrated Health Care System Project. Julian FARES
Predictive modelling of the comorbidity of chronic diseases: A network approach Md. Ekramul HOSSAIN

Awards and honours

The University of Tokyo President’s Award

In the media

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    Government Grants

    2018 -

    • 2018 NCPST Humanitarian Engineering & Social Entrepreneurship Fellowship Program (India), Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

    2018

    • NCPST Humanitarian Engineering Design Summit (Samoa), Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

    2016-2018

    • Engineering and Social Impact Summit (India), Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

    2016

    • Pacific Engineering Design Summit (Samoa), Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

    International collaboration


      Industry engagement

        Selected publications & creative works

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        Book Chapters

        • Wang, P., Robins, G., Matous, P. (2016). Multilevel Network Analysis Using ERGM and Its Extension. In Emmanuel Lazega, Tom A. B. Snijders (Eds.), Multilevel Network Analysis for the Social Sciences: Theory, Methods and Applications, (pp. 125-143). Cham: Springer. [More Information]
        • Todo, Y., Nakajima, K., Matous, P. (2014). The Strengths and Weaknesses of Supply Chain Networks in the Recovery from Natural Disasters. In Yasuyuki Sawada (Eds.), Great Risks and the Economy, Contemporary Economic Study Series. Tokyo: Nihon Keizai Shinbun Shuppansha.

        Journals

        • Matous, P. (2017). Complementarity and substitution between physical and virtual travel for instrumental information sharing in remote rural regions: A social network approach. Transportation Research Part A, 99, 61-79. [More Information]
        • Isaac, M., Matous, P. (2017). Social network ties predict land use diversity and land use change: a case study in Ghana. Regional Environmental Change, 17, 1823-1833. [More Information]
        • Matous, P., Todo, Y. (2016). Energy and resilience: The effects of endogenous interdependencies on trade network formation across space among major Japanese firms. Network Science, 4(2), 141-163. [More Information]
        • Todo, Y., Matous, P., Inoue, H. (2016). The strength of long ties and the weakness of strong ties: Knowledge diffusion through supply chain networks. Research Policy, 45(9), 1890-1906. [More Information]
        • Matous, P., Todo, Y. (2015). Exploring dynamic mechanisms of learning networks for resource conservation. Ecology and Society, 20(2), 1-14. [More Information]
        • Todo, Y., Nakajima, K., Matous, P. (2015). How do supply chain networks affect the resilience of firms to natural disasters? Evidence from the Great East Japan Earthquake. Journal of Regional Science, 55(2), 209-229. [More Information]
        • Yokouchi, N., Matous, P., Ozawa, K. (2015). Integrity Norms of Multilateral Development Bank Employees. Journal of International Development Studies, 24(1), 33-45. [More Information]
        • Handford, M., Matous, P. (2015). Problem-solving discourse on an international construction site: Patterns and practices. English for Specific Purposes, 38, 85-98. [More Information]
        • Matous, P. (2015). Social networks and environmental management at multiple levels: Soil conservation in Sumatra. Ecology and Society, 20(3), 1-17. [More Information]
        • Matous, P., Todo, Y., Pratiwi, A. (2015). The role of motorized transport and mobile phones in the diffusion of agricultural information in Tanggamus Regency, Indonesia. Transportation, 42(5), 771-790. [More Information]
        • Ishikawa, T., Matous, P., Ishiwata, A., Todo, Y. (2014). Direct Effects of Agricultural Extension Agents on Technology Diffusion and Their Indirect Effects through Social Learning: Evidence from Rural Ethiopia. Journal of International Development Studies, 23(1), 175-188. [More Information]
        • Matous, P., Todo, Y., Ishikawa, T. (2014). Emergence of Multiplex Mobile phone Communication Networks across Rural Areas: An Ethiopian Experiment. Network Science, 2(2), 162-188. [More Information]
        • Matous, P., Todo, Y., Mojo, D. (2013). Boots are made for walking: Interactions across physical and social space in infrastructure-poor regions. Journal of Transport Geography, 31, 226-235. [More Information]
        • Matous, P., Todo, Y., Mojo, D. (2013). Roles of extension and ethno-religious networks in acceptance of resource-conserving agriculture among Ethiopian farmers. International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability, 11(4), 301-316. [More Information]
        • Matous, P. (2013). The making and unmaking of community-based water supplies in Manila. Development in Practice, 23(2), 217-231. [More Information]
        • Yagi, Y., Nagai, K., Suzuki, N., Matous, P. (2012). A Survey of Social Support Networks in a Depopulating Japanese Village. Journal of Society for Social Management Systems, May 2012, 1-9. [More Information]
        • Matous, P., Tsuchiya, T., Ozawa, K. (2011). Farmers' access to resources via networks in remote rural areas with mobile phone reception: Creating a resource battery for a mountain tribe in south India. Rural Society, 20(2), 174-186. [More Information]
        • Handford, M., Matous, P. (2011). Lexicogrammar in the international construction industry: A corpus-based case study of Japanese-Hong-Kongese on-site interactions in English. English for Specific Purposes, 30(2), 87-100. [More Information]
        • Matous, P., Ozawa, K. (2010). Measuring social capital in a Philippine slum. Field Methods, 22(2), 133-153. [More Information]
        • Suzuki, N., Matous, P. (2010). The Relevance of Symbolic Physical Environment to the Formation of Social Networks for Rural Regeneration. Journal of Society for Social Management Systems, , 1-12. [More Information]

        Conferences

        • Matous, P., Thomas, J., El Zein, A. (2017). An assessment of the role of mobile phones in international development. RDI Conference 2017 (Research for Development Impact network Conference).
        • Matous, P., Pattison, P., Wilkinson, I., Perez, P., Axtell, R., Todo, Y., Wang, P. (2016). Modelling the resilience and disruption propagation in Australian business networks at the firm level. 2nd European Conference on Social Networks (EUSN), Paris, France: Presses de Sciences Po.
        • Todo, Y., Matous, P., Inoue, H. (2015). The Strength of Long Ties and the Weakness of Strong Ties: Knowledge Diffusion through Supply Chain Networks. Eleventh World Congress of the Econometric Society, online: rieti.
        • Matous, P., Todo, Y. (2014). Mobiles and manure: Reshaping Ecological Learning Networks by Text-Messaging. International Network for Social Network Analysis, Xian: xyz.
        • Todo, Y., Yadate, D., Matous, P., Takahashi, R. (2011). Effects of Geography and Social Networks on Diffusion and Adoption of Agricultural Technology: Evidence from Rural Ethiopia. CSAE 25th Anniversary Conference 2011: Economic Development in Africa, Oxford: Centre for the study of African Economies.

        Research Reports

        • Kim, Y., Todo, Y., Shimamoto, D., Matous, P. (2016). Are Seminars on Export Promotion Effective? Evidence from a randomized controlled trial, 16-E-078, (pp. 2 - 28). Tokyo, Japan: The Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry.
        • Shimamoto, D., Todo, Y., Kim, Y., Matous, P. (2016). Identifying and Decomposing Peer Effects on Participation Decisions Using a Randomized Controlled Trial, 16-E-083, (pp. 2 - 26). Tokyo, Japan: The Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry.
        • Matous, P., Todo, Y. (2015). Dissolve the Keiretsu, or Die: A Longitudinal Study of Disintermediation in the Japanese Automobile Manufacturing Supply Networks, 15-E-039, (pp. 1 - 24). Tokyo, Japan: The Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry.
        • Todo, Y., Matous, P., Inoue, H. (2015). The Strength of Long Ties and the Weakness of Strong Ties: Knowledge diffusion through supply chain networks, 15-E-034, (pp. 1 - 39). Tokyo, Japan: The Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry.
        • Ishiwata, A., Matous, P., Todo, Y. (2014). Effects of Business Networks on Firm Growth in a Cluster of Microenterprises: Evidence from rural Ethiopia, RIETI Discussion Paper Series 14-E-014, (pp. 1 - 25). Tokyo, Japan: The Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry.
        • Matous, P., Yasuyuki, T. (2014). The Effects of Endogenous Interdependencies on Trade Network Formation across Space among Major Japanese Firms, RIETI Discussion Paper Series 14-E-020, (pp. 1 - 28). Tokyo, Japan: The Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry.
        • Todo, Y., Nakajima, K., Matous, P. (2013). Supply Chain Networks Promote the Resilience of Firms to Natural Disasters: Lessons from the Great East Japan Earthquake, (pp. 1 - 24). Japan: The Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry.
        • Matous, P. (2011). Social Networks and Social Safety Net Programs, United States of America: .
        • Matous, P. (2008). Sustainable Replication and Scaling up of Small-Scale Water Systems, (pp. 1 - 105). Japan: UTCE, Ltd..

        2017

        • Matous, P., Thomas, J., El Zein, A. (2017). An assessment of the role of mobile phones in international development. RDI Conference 2017 (Research for Development Impact network Conference).
        • Matous, P. (2017). Complementarity and substitution between physical and virtual travel for instrumental information sharing in remote rural regions: A social network approach. Transportation Research Part A, 99, 61-79. [More Information]
        • Isaac, M., Matous, P. (2017). Social network ties predict land use diversity and land use change: a case study in Ghana. Regional Environmental Change, 17, 1823-1833. [More Information]

        2016

        • Kim, Y., Todo, Y., Shimamoto, D., Matous, P. (2016). Are Seminars on Export Promotion Effective? Evidence from a randomized controlled trial, 16-E-078, (pp. 2 - 28). Tokyo, Japan: The Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry.
        • Matous, P., Todo, Y. (2016). Energy and resilience: The effects of endogenous interdependencies on trade network formation across space among major Japanese firms. Network Science, 4(2), 141-163. [More Information]
        • Shimamoto, D., Todo, Y., Kim, Y., Matous, P. (2016). Identifying and Decomposing Peer Effects on Participation Decisions Using a Randomized Controlled Trial, 16-E-083, (pp. 2 - 26). Tokyo, Japan: The Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry.
        • Matous, P., Pattison, P., Wilkinson, I., Perez, P., Axtell, R., Todo, Y., Wang, P. (2016). Modelling the resilience and disruption propagation in Australian business networks at the firm level. 2nd European Conference on Social Networks (EUSN), Paris, France: Presses de Sciences Po.
        • Wang, P., Robins, G., Matous, P. (2016). Multilevel Network Analysis Using ERGM and Its Extension. In Emmanuel Lazega, Tom A. B. Snijders (Eds.), Multilevel Network Analysis for the Social Sciences: Theory, Methods and Applications, (pp. 125-143). Cham: Springer. [More Information]
        • Todo, Y., Matous, P., Inoue, H. (2016). The strength of long ties and the weakness of strong ties: Knowledge diffusion through supply chain networks. Research Policy, 45(9), 1890-1906. [More Information]

        2015

        • Matous, P., Todo, Y. (2015). Dissolve the Keiretsu, or Die: A Longitudinal Study of Disintermediation in the Japanese Automobile Manufacturing Supply Networks, 15-E-039, (pp. 1 - 24). Tokyo, Japan: The Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry.
        • Matous, P., Todo, Y. (2015). Exploring dynamic mechanisms of learning networks for resource conservation. Ecology and Society, 20(2), 1-14. [More Information]
        • Todo, Y., Nakajima, K., Matous, P. (2015). How do supply chain networks affect the resilience of firms to natural disasters? Evidence from the Great East Japan Earthquake. Journal of Regional Science, 55(2), 209-229. [More Information]
        • Yokouchi, N., Matous, P., Ozawa, K. (2015). Integrity Norms of Multilateral Development Bank Employees. Journal of International Development Studies, 24(1), 33-45. [More Information]
        • Handford, M., Matous, P. (2015). Problem-solving discourse on an international construction site: Patterns and practices. English for Specific Purposes, 38, 85-98. [More Information]
        • Matous, P. (2015). Social networks and environmental management at multiple levels: Soil conservation in Sumatra. Ecology and Society, 20(3), 1-17. [More Information]
        • Matous, P., Todo, Y., Pratiwi, A. (2015). The role of motorized transport and mobile phones in the diffusion of agricultural information in Tanggamus Regency, Indonesia. Transportation, 42(5), 771-790. [More Information]
        • Todo, Y., Matous, P., Inoue, H. (2015). The Strength of Long Ties and the Weakness of Strong Ties: Knowledge diffusion through supply chain networks, 15-E-034, (pp. 1 - 39). Tokyo, Japan: The Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry.
        • Todo, Y., Matous, P., Inoue, H. (2015). The Strength of Long Ties and the Weakness of Strong Ties: Knowledge Diffusion through Supply Chain Networks. Eleventh World Congress of the Econometric Society, online: rieti.

        2014

        • Ishikawa, T., Matous, P., Ishiwata, A., Todo, Y. (2014). Direct Effects of Agricultural Extension Agents on Technology Diffusion and Their Indirect Effects through Social Learning: Evidence from Rural Ethiopia. Journal of International Development Studies, 23(1), 175-188. [More Information]
        • Ishiwata, A., Matous, P., Todo, Y. (2014). Effects of Business Networks on Firm Growth in a Cluster of Microenterprises: Evidence from rural Ethiopia, RIETI Discussion Paper Series 14-E-014, (pp. 1 - 25). Tokyo, Japan: The Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry.
        • Matous, P., Todo, Y., Ishikawa, T. (2014). Emergence of Multiplex Mobile phone Communication Networks across Rural Areas: An Ethiopian Experiment. Network Science, 2(2), 162-188. [More Information]
        • Matous, P., Todo, Y. (2014). Mobiles and manure: Reshaping Ecological Learning Networks by Text-Messaging. International Network for Social Network Analysis, Xian: xyz.
        • Matous, P., Yasuyuki, T. (2014). The Effects of Endogenous Interdependencies on Trade Network Formation across Space among Major Japanese Firms, RIETI Discussion Paper Series 14-E-020, (pp. 1 - 28). Tokyo, Japan: The Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry.
        • Todo, Y., Nakajima, K., Matous, P. (2014). The Strengths and Weaknesses of Supply Chain Networks in the Recovery from Natural Disasters. In Yasuyuki Sawada (Eds.), Great Risks and the Economy, Contemporary Economic Study Series. Tokyo: Nihon Keizai Shinbun Shuppansha.

        2013

        • Matous, P., Todo, Y., Mojo, D. (2013). Boots are made for walking: Interactions across physical and social space in infrastructure-poor regions. Journal of Transport Geography, 31, 226-235. [More Information]
        • Matous, P., Todo, Y., Mojo, D. (2013). Roles of extension and ethno-religious networks in acceptance of resource-conserving agriculture among Ethiopian farmers. International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability, 11(4), 301-316. [More Information]
        • Todo, Y., Nakajima, K., Matous, P. (2013). Supply Chain Networks Promote the Resilience of Firms to Natural Disasters: Lessons from the Great East Japan Earthquake, (pp. 1 - 24). Japan: The Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry.
        • Matous, P. (2013). The making and unmaking of community-based water supplies in Manila. Development in Practice, 23(2), 217-231. [More Information]

        2012

        • Yagi, Y., Nagai, K., Suzuki, N., Matous, P. (2012). A Survey of Social Support Networks in a Depopulating Japanese Village. Journal of Society for Social Management Systems, May 2012, 1-9. [More Information]

        2011

        • Todo, Y., Yadate, D., Matous, P., Takahashi, R. (2011). Effects of Geography and Social Networks on Diffusion and Adoption of Agricultural Technology: Evidence from Rural Ethiopia. CSAE 25th Anniversary Conference 2011: Economic Development in Africa, Oxford: Centre for the study of African Economies.
        • Matous, P., Tsuchiya, T., Ozawa, K. (2011). Farmers' access to resources via networks in remote rural areas with mobile phone reception: Creating a resource battery for a mountain tribe in south India. Rural Society, 20(2), 174-186. [More Information]
        • Handford, M., Matous, P. (2011). Lexicogrammar in the international construction industry: A corpus-based case study of Japanese-Hong-Kongese on-site interactions in English. English for Specific Purposes, 30(2), 87-100. [More Information]
        • Matous, P. (2011). Social Networks and Social Safety Net Programs, United States of America: .

        2010

        • Matous, P., Ozawa, K. (2010). Measuring social capital in a Philippine slum. Field Methods, 22(2), 133-153. [More Information]
        • Suzuki, N., Matous, P. (2010). The Relevance of Symbolic Physical Environment to the Formation of Social Networks for Rural Regeneration. Journal of Society for Social Management Systems, , 1-12. [More Information]

        2008

        • Matous, P. (2008). Sustainable Replication and Scaling up of Small-Scale Water Systems, (pp. 1 - 105). Japan: UTCE, Ltd..

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