School of Government, Development and International Affairs (SGDIA)

SGDIA



Professor Matthew G. Allen

 

Director of Development Studies

School of Government, Development and International Affairs

University of the South Pacific

Laucala Bay Campus

Suva, Fiji Islands

Office: 014-210 (FBE Building)

matthew.allen(at)usp.ac.fj 

 

 


Matthew Allen is a human geographer with over twenty years experience working in the Melanesian Pacific. His diverse research interests include natural resource governance, rural development, state-society relations, and peace, conflict and development. In addition to his scholarly research, Matthew has undertaken advisory work for the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, AusAID/DFAT and the Government of Solomon Islands. He previously held a number of academic appointments at The Australian National University and was an Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow from 2014 to 2017.  Matthew has published several books and around 50 peer-reviewed articles, chapters and reports. His most recent book is Resource Extraction and Contentious States (Palgrave Macmillan, April 2018).

Academic Qualifications

Academic Qualifications

BA - Politics and Law (ANU)

Grad. Dip. - Environmental Management and Development (ANU)

MSc - Geography (ANU)

PhD - Political Science and International Relations (ANU)

Grad. Cert - Higher Education (ANU)

Teaching

Teaching

  • DG410 Development Theories and Alternatives
  • DG400 Advanced Research Methodology

 

 

 

Research

Research

  • Natural resource governance
  • State-society relations
  • Peace, conflict and development
  • Rural development
  • Political ecology
  • Political economy

Publications

Publications

Books

Allen, M.G. 2018. Resource extraction and contentious states: Mining and the politics of scale in the Pacific Islands. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Allen, M.G. 2013. Greed and Grievance: Ex-militants’ Perspectives on the Conflict in Solomon Islands, 1998-2003. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press.

Braithwaite, J., Dinnen, S., Allen, M.G., Braithwaite, V. and Charlesworth, H. 2010. Shadows and Pillars: Statebuilding as Peacebuilding in Solomon Islands. Canberra: ANU E Press.


Edited Books

McDonnell, S., Allen, M.G. and Filer, C. (eds). 2017. Kastom, Property and Ideology: Land Transformations in Melanesia. Canberra: ANU Press.

Allen, M.G. and Dinnen, S. (eds). 2016. State-building and State Formation in the Western Pacific: Solomon Islands in Transition. London and New York: Routledge.


Special Issues of Journals

Allen, M.G. and Dinnen, S. (guest editors). 2015. Solomon Islands in Transition? Special Issue of the Journal of Pacific History. 50(4).


Refereed Journal Articles

Allen, M.G. and Dinnen, S. 2017. Is the ‘hybrid turn’ a ‘spatial turn’? A geographical perspective on hybridity and state-formation in the Western Pacific. Third World Thematics: a TWQ journal.

Allen, M.G. 2016. Islands, extraction and violence: Mining and the politics of scale in Island Melanesia. Political Geography. 51:81-90.

Allen, M.G. and Porter, D. 2016. Managing the transition from logging to mining in post-conflict Solomon Islands. The Extractive Industries and Society. 3(2):350-358.

Allen, M.G. and Dinnen, S. 2016. Beyond life-support? Reflections on post-RAMSI Solomon Islands. Asia & the Pacific Policy Studies. 3(1):6-15.

Dinnen, S. and Allen, M.G. 2015. State absence and state formation in Solomon Islands: reflections on agency, scale and hybridity. Development and Change. 47(1):76-97.

Allen, M.G. and Dinnen, S. 2015. Solomon Islands in Transition? Journal of Pacific History. 50(4):381-397.

Allen, M.G. 2015. Framing food security in the Pacific Islands: empirical evidence from an island in the Western Pacific. Regional Environmental Change. 15(7):1341-1353.

Allen, M.G. and Monson, R. 2014. Land and Conflict in Papua New Guinea: The Role of Land Mediation. Security Challenges. 10(2):1-14.

Allen, M.G. 2013. Melanesia’s violent environments: towards a political ecology of conflict in the western Pacific. Geoforum. 44:152-161.

Dinnen, S. and Allen, M.G. 2013. Paradoxes of postcolonial police-building: Solomon Islands. Policing and Society. 23(2):222-242.

Allen, M.G. 2012. Informal formalisation in a hybrid property space: the case of smallholder oil palm in Solomon Islands. Asia Pacific Viewpoint. 53(3):300-313. 

Allen, M.G. 2012. Land, migration and conflict on Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands. Australian Geographer. 43(2):163-180.

Allen, M.G. and Hasnain, Z. 2010. Power, pork and patronage: decentralisation and the politicisation of the development budget in Papua New Guinea. Commonwealth Journal of Local Governance. 6:7-31.

Allen, M.G. and Dinnen, S. 2010. The North Down Under: Antinomies of Conflict and Intervention in Solomon Islands. Conflict, Security and Development. 10(3):299-327.

Fraenkel. J, Allen M.G. and Brock, H. 2010. The Resumption of Palm Oil Production on Guadalcanal’s Northern Plains. Pacific Economic Bulletin. 25(1):64-75.

Allen, M.G. 2009. Resisting RAMSI: intervention, identity and symbolism in Solomon Islands. Oceania. 79(1):1-17.

Allen, M.G. 2006. Contemporary Histories of the Conflict in Solomon Islands. Oceania. 76(3):310-315.

Allen, M.G. 2006. Dissenting voices: local perspectives on the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands. Pacific Economic Bulletin. 21(2):194-201.

Allen, M.G. 2005. Greed and grievance: the role of economic agendas in the conflict in Solomon Islands. Pacific Economic Bulletin. 20(2):56-71.

Walter A., Greindl G., Tzerikiantz F. et Allen M. 1999. Transformation de la sphère alimentaire au Vanuatu : des moyens nouveaux pour des objectifs identiques. Journal d’Agriculture Traditionnelle et de Botanique Appliquée (JATBA). 41(1):33-59.


Book Chapters

Allen, M.G. In press. Sovereignty, Civil Conflict and Ethnicity. In E. Hirsch and W. Rollason (eds). The Melanesian World. London and New York: Routledge.

Dinnen, S. and Allen, M.G. 2018. Reflections on hybridity as an analytical lens on state formation: the case of Solomon Islands. In S. Dinnen, M. Forsyth, L. Kent and J. Wallis (eds). Hybridity on the Ground in Peacebuilding and Development: Critical Conversations. Canberra: ANU Press.

Filer, C., McDonnell, S. and Allen, M.G. 2017. Powers of Exclusion in Melanesia. In S. McDonnell, M.G. Allen and C. Filer (eds). Kastom, Property and Ideology: Land Transformations in Melanesia. Canberra: ANU Press.

Foukona, J. and Allen, M.G. 2017. Urban Land in Solomon Islands: Powers of Exclusion and Counter-Exclusion. In S. McDonnell, M.G. Allen and C. Filer (eds). Kastom, Property and Ideology: Land Transformations in Melanesia. Canberra: ANU Press.

Allen, M.G and Dinnen, D. 2016. Solomon Islands in Transition? In M.G. Allen and S. Dinnen (eds). State-building and State Formation in the Western Pacific: Solomon Islands in Transition. London and New York: Routledge.

Allen, M.G. 2014. Land, migration and conflict on Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands. In G. Curry, G. Koczberski and J. Connell (eds). Migration, Land and Livelihoods: Creating Alternative Modernities in the Pacific.  London and New York: Routledge.

Allen, M.G. 2014. Governing Renewable Resources in Weak States: The case of logging in Solomon Islands. In C. Hawksley and N. Georgeou (eds). The Globalization of World Politics: Case Studies from Australia, New Zealand and the Asia-Pacific. Third Edition. Melbourne: Oxford University Press. pp. 77-80.

Allen, M.G. 2013. Rural Development: Back on the Agenda in the Western Pacific? In D. Hegarty and D. Tryon (eds). Politics, Development and Security in Oceania. Canberra: ANU E Press. pp. 165-175.

Allen, M.G. and Dinnen, S. 2013. Solomon Islands: From Uprising to Intervention. In E. Aspinall, R. Jeffrey and A.J. Regan (eds). Diminishing Conflict in Asia and the Pacific. London and New York: Routledge. pp. 67-82.

Allen, M.G. 2011. The Political Economy of Logging in Solomon Islands. In R. Duncan (ed). The Political Economy of Economic Reform in the Pacific. Manila: Asian Development Bank. pp. 278-301.

Allen, M., Bourke, R.M. and McGregor, A. 2009. Part 5. Cash income from agriculture. In R.M. Bourke and T. Harwood (eds). Food and Agriculture in Papua New Guinea. ANU E Press, The Australian National University, Canberra. pp. 283-424.

Allen, M.G. 2008. Politics of disorder: the social unrest in Honiara. In S. Dinnen and S. Firth (eds). Politics and State Building in Solomon Islands. Asia Pacific Press and ANU E Press, The Australian National University, Canberra.

Allen, M.G. 2005. The evidence for Sweet Potato in Island Melanesia. In C. Ballard, P. Brown, R.M. Bourke and T. Harwood (eds). Sweet Potato in the Pacific. Ethnology Monographs 19, Oceania Monograph 56. Pittsburgh and Sydney.


Published Conference Papers

Allen, M.G. 2001. Subsistence or cash-cropping? Food security on Malo Island, Vanuatu. In R.M. Bourke, M.G. Allen and J. Salisbury (eds). Food security for Papua New Guinea. Proceedings of the Papua New Guinea Food and Nutrition 2000 Conference, PNG University of Technology, Lae, 26-30 June 2000. ACIAR Proceedings No. 99, xviii + 892p.

Conway, J., Allen, M.G. and Bourke, R.M. 2001. Accessing previously unpublished research in PNG. In R.M. Bourke, M.G. Allen and J. Salisbury (eds). Food security for Papua New Guinea. Proceedings of the Papua New Guinea Food and Nutrition 2000 Conference, PNG University of Technology, Lae, 26-30 June 2000. ACIAR Proceedings No. 99, xviii + 892p.

Grant, I. McL. and Allen, M.G. 2001. Future of cassava in PNG: outcomes from the cassava workshop. In R.M. Bourke, M.G. Allen and J. Salisbury (eds). Food security for Papua New Guinea. Proceedings of the Papua New Guinea Food and Nutrition 2000 Conference, PNG University of Technology, Lae, 26-30 June 2000. ACIAR Proceedings No. 99, xviii + 892p.


Conference Proceedings

Bourke, R.M., Allen, M.G. and Salisbury, J. (eds). 2001. Food security for Papua New Guinea. Proceedings of the Papua New Guinea Food and Nutrition 2000 Conference, PNG University of Technology, Lae, 26-30 June 2000. ACIAR Proceedings No. 99, xviii + 892p. [47 citations].

Grant, I. McL. and Allen, M.G. (eds). 2000. Proceedings of the NARI cassava workshop. NARI Proceedings Series, Proceedings No. 3. National Research Institute, Lae, Papua New Guinea.


Book Reviews

Allen, M.G. 2005. Crime, Corruption and Capacity in Papua New Guinea. Oceania, 75(3):304.


Major peer-reviewed reports

Allen, M.G., Dinnen, S., Evans, D. and Monson, R. 2013. Justice Delivered Locally: Systems, Challenges, and Innovations in Solomon Islands. Research Report. Washington DC: The World Bank.

Allen, M.G. 2011. A long-term engagement: the future of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands. Australian Strategic Policy Institute Strategic Insights Number 51. The Australian Strategic Policy Institute, Canberra.

Allen, M.G. 2011. The Political Economy of Logging in Solomon Islands. In R. Duncan (ed). The Political Economy of Economic Reform in the Pacific. Manila: Asian Development Bank. pp. 278-301.

Allen, M.G., Bourke, R.M., Evans, B.R., Iramu, E., Maemouri, R.K., Mullen, B.F., Pollard, A.A., Wairiu, M., Watoto, C. and Zotalis, S. 2006. Solomon Islands Smallholder Agriculture Study. Volume Four. Provincial Reports. AusAID/Commonwealth of Australia, Canberra..

Bourke, R.M., McGregor, A., Allen, M.G., Evans, B.R., Mullen, B.F., Pollard, A.A., Wairiu, M. and S. Zotalis. 2006. Solomon Islands Smallholder Agriculture Study. Volume One. Main Findings and Recommendations. AusAID/Commonwealth of Australia, Canberra.


Other (peer reviewed)

Porter, D and Allen, M.G. 2015. The Political Economy of the Transition from Logging to Mining. State, Society and Governance in Melanesia Discussion Paper 2015/12. The Australian National University, Canberra.

Oakeshott, D. and Allen, M.G. 2015. Schooling as a ‘stepping-stone to national consciousness’ in Solomon Islands: the last twenty years. State, Society and Governance in Melanesia Discussion Paper 2015/8. The Australian National University, Canberra.

Dinnen, S. and Allen, M.G. 2015. Sustaining the gains in post-RAMSI Solomon Islands. State, Society and Governance in Melanesia In Brief 2015/36.

Allen, M.G. and Dinnen, S. 2013. Solomon Islands in Transition. State, Society and Governance in Melanesia In Brief 2013/5. The Australian National University, Canberra.

Roughan, P.D., Tagini, P., Wairiu, M. and Allen, M. 2011. Doing Business in the Village/Community/Kastom Domain. IKI Working Paper 2. Honiara: Islands Knowledge Institute.

Allen, M.G. 2008. Land Reform in Melanesia. State, Society and Governance in Melanesia Briefing Note Number 6/2008. The Australian National University, Canberra.

Bourke, R.M., Woruba, M., Allen, B.J., Allen, M.G., Grau, R. and Hobsbawn, P. 1997. North Solomons Province: Text Summaries, Maps, Code Lists and Village Identification. Agricultural Systems of Papua New Guinea Working Paper No 20. Department of Human Geography, Australian National University, Canberra.


Media Opinion Pieces

‘Gold Ridge standoff deepens’, DevPolicy Blog, 20 February 2015.

http://devpolicy.org/gold-ridge-standoff-deepens-20150220/

‘Testing times for Bougainville’s mining future’, The Canberra Times, 25 August 2014

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/comment/testing-times-for-bougainvilles-mining-future-20140822-1073gh

‘Trouble in paradise lingers’, The Canberra Times, 6 November 2013 (with S. Dinnen).

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/comment/trouble-in-paradise-lingers-20131105-2wzd8.html

‘RAMSI: Solomon Islands in Transition’, DevPolicy Blog, 1 August 2013 (with S. Dinnen).

http://devpolicy.org/ramsi-solomon-islands-in-transition-20130801/


Recent conferences

Keynote Panelist 'Extractive Industries: Social and Environmental Justice' (UNSW Development Week: License to Drill: Resources, Sustainability and Development, University of New South Wales, Sydney, 8-11 October 2018).

Keynote Address 'Natural Resource Justice? The political ecology of resource extraction in the Western Pacific' (4th International Conference on Sustainable Alternatives for Poverty Reduction and Ecological Justice, The University of the South Pacific, Suva, 26-28 June 2018).

‘Enacting a peaceful mining future after conflict: the case of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville’ (Institute of British Geographers/Royal Geographical Society conference, Royal Geographical Society, London, 31 August-2 September, 2016).

‘State absence and state formation in Solomon Islands and Bougainville: reflections on the value and limitations of hybridity as an analytical lens’ (with S. Dinnen) at the workshop ‘Hybridity: History, Power and Scale’ (ANU, Canberra, 2-4 December 2015).

‘Islands, enclaves and violence: socio-spatial perspectives on resource conflict in Island Melanesia’ (Institute of British Geographers/Royal Geographical Society conference, University of Exeter, Exeter, United Kingdom, 1-4 September 2015).

‘Mining Islands in Melanesia’ (Institute of Australian Geographers conference University of Western Australia, Perth, 1-4 July 2013).

‘States of Imagination’ (with S. Dinnen) (European Society for Oceanistes conference, University of Bergen, Norway, 5-8 December, 2012).

‘Melanesia’s violent environments: the case of Solomon Islands’ (International Geographical Congress, University of Cologne, 26-30 August 2012). 

 

MA/ PhD Supervisions

MA/ PhD Supervisions

David Oakeshott (ANU)      Teaching the violent past (Solomon Islands and Bougainville)

Lincy Pendeverana (ANU)   Oil palm and livelihoods in Solomon Islands

Meabh Cryan (ANU)           Political ecology of land reform in Timor Leste    


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