Matt Withers


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Matt Withers is a research fellow within the Department of Sociology, having completed his PhD within the Department of Political Economy at the University of Sydney. His research is concerned with the developmental implications of temporary labour migration and remittances, both in Sri Lanka and throughout the Asia-Pacific region. His work adopts a multiscalar approach to migration dynamics and draws attention to local geographies and institutions as key sites of understanding through which to reconcile structural analysis with diverse and contextually-specific experiences of development and underdevelopment. His current research looks at how temporary labour migration intersects with work and care arrangements within migrant households, and calls for a ‘decent care’ agenda that frames support for gender-equitable social reproduction as integral to decent work and sustainable development.

External positions

Honorary Associate, University of Sydney

1 Aug 2018 → …

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Sri Lanka Social Sciences
labor migration Social Sciences
migration Social Sciences
underdevelopment Social Sciences
migrant Social Sciences
labor Social Sciences
economy Social Sciences
governance Social Sciences

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Projects 2019 2022

Research Outputs 2014 2019

Decent care for migrant households: policy alternatives to Sri Lanka's Family Background Report

Withers, M., 1 Sep 2019, In : Social Politics. 26, 3, p. 325-347 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka's remittance economy: a multiscalar analysis of migration-underdevelopment

Withers, M., 2019, London ; New York: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group. 188 p. (Routledge Series on Asian Migration; no. 5)

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

Sri Lanka
structural analysis

Temporary labour migration and underdevelopment in Sri Lanka: the limits of remittance capital

Withers, M., 2019, In : Migration and Development. 8, 3, p. 418-436 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

labor migration
Sri Lanka

Forced transnationalism and temporary labour migration: implications for understanding migrant rights

Piper, N. & Withers, M., 3 Sep 2018, In : Identities. 25, 5, p. 558-575 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

labor migration
political right
international migration

The Pacific Labour Scheme and transnational family life: policy brief

Hill, E., Withers, M. & Jayasuriya, R., 2018, 8 p.

Research output: Book/ReportOther reportResearch

Open Access

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