Matt Withers


  • 8 Citations
  • 2 h-Index
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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, The University of Sydney

1 Aug 2018 → …

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Projects 2019 2022

Research Output 2014 2019

  • 8 Citations
  • 2 h-Index
  • 7 Article
  • 1 Chapter
  • 1 Working paper

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

Withers, M., 7 Feb 2019, In : Migration and Development. 19 p.

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

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

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labor migration
political right
international migration

Uneven development and displaced care in Sri Lanka

Withers, M. & Piper, N., 1 Jul 2018, In : Current Sociology. 66, 4, p. 590-601 12 p.

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Sri Lanka
internal migration
labor migration

Accumulation by subordination: migration-underdevelopment in the open economy

Withers, M., 2017, In : Polity (Sri Lanka). 7, 2, p. 53-60 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearch

Open Access
open economy
labor migration
capitalist society

Migrant precarity in Asia: 'networks of labour activism' for a rights-based governance of migration

Piper, N., Rosewarne, S. & Withers, M., 2017, In : Development and Change. 48, 5, p. 1089-1110 22 p.

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