Skip navigation
The Australian National University

Dr Matthew Allen

BA, Grad Dip, MSc, PhD (ANU)
Fellow, State, Society and Governance in Melanesia Program; and ARC DECRA Fellow
ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

Areas of expertise

  • Human Geography 1604

Research interests

Natural resource governance, political ecology, political economy, extractive resource industries, rural development, agrarian change, local-level governance, state-society relations, and conflict, interventionism and state formation, with a focus on the Western Pacific (Melanesia).

Biography

Matthew works at the interstices of geography, political science and anthropology. The unifying theme for his scholarly and policy work in the Western Pacific over the past 20 years has been the relationships between social, political and environmental change. He has conducted long-term fieldwork in Vanuatu (1997) and Solomon Islands (2005-2006), shorter periods of fieldwork in Papua New Guinea (including in the Autonomus Region of Bougainville), and consultancy work in Papua New Guinea (including as an AusAID adviser in Eastern Highlands, 1999-2001) and Solomon Islands. Matthew’s research interests include resource conflict and extractive resource industries, agrarian change and rural development, local-level governance, and state-society relations. He has published more than 20 peer reviewed book chapters and articles stemming from this work, and is an author of Pillars and Shadows: Statebuilding as Peacebuilding in Solomon Islands (ANU Press, 2010). His doctoral research on the conflict in Solomon Islands resulted in his first book, Greed and Grievance:Ex-militants’ Perspectives on the Conflict in Solomon Islands, 1998-2003, (University of Hawaii Press, 2013). Matthew took up a three-year ARC DECRA Fellowship in 2014 which is examining the interactions between mining, agrarian change, violence, and political fragmentation in Island Melanesia.

 

Career highlights

  • Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow (2014-2016)
  • Research Fellow, Resource Management in Asia-Pacific Program, ANU (2011-2012)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Resource Management in Asia-Pacific Program, ANU (2008-2010)
  • Doctoral candidate, Crawford School of Economics and Government, ANU
  • Research Officer, Department of Human Geography, ANU (2003-2004)
  • Regional Development Coordinator, Hassall and Associates (2002-2003)
  • Young Professional Officer, ACNARS Project (AusAID), PNG (1999-2001)
  • Masters candidate, Department of Geography, ANU (1997-1999)

Publications

Projects and Grants

Grants are drawn from ARIES. To add Projects or Grants please contact your College Research Office.

Return to top

Updated:  01 May 2017 / Responsible Officer:  Director (Research Services Division) / Page Contact:  Researchers