Dr Matthew Allen is a co-author on the third Peacebuilding Compared volume: Pillars and shadows: statebuilding as peacebuilding in Solomon Islands (ANU E Press: 2010). With an academic background in human geography and political science, Matthew has lived and worked extensively in the countries of Melanesia. He has conducted long-term fieldwork in Vanuatu (1997) and Solomon Islands (2005-2006), and consultant work in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea (1999-2001) and in various parts of Solomon Islands. Matthew’s main research interests include resource conflict, political ecology, political economy, rural development and interventionism, with a focus on the Western Pacific in general and Solomon Islands in particular. Matthew has published several book chapters and articles stemming from this work, and is currently completing a book for University of Hawaii Press analysing ex-militants’ perspectives on the recent conflict in Solomon Islands. He also Co-convenes the ANU’s undergraduate Pacific Studies Program.
Resource conflict, political ecology, political economy, rural development, local-level governance and interventionism, with a focus on the Western Pacific in general and Solomon Islands in particular.