Matthew Beaumont is a Professor of English Literture at University College London and an acclaimed author. He is also a Co-Director of UCL's Urban Lab and runs the Cities Imaginaires strand, a series of events that curate cultural representations of cities and urban life.

Matthew Beaumont is most well known for his book Nightwalking: A Nocturnal History of London and for having co-authored The Task of the Critic: Terry Eagleton in Dialogue. His next work will focus on Frantz Fanon, the politics of walking and the body.

"Beaumont is one of the most brilliant of the younger generation of English critics" — Terry Eagleton