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Matt Withers is a lecturer in Sociology at the Australian National University. His research critically examines various aspects of the relationship between temporary labour migration and development across the Asia-Pacific region, with a focus on Sri Lanka and – more recently – Pacific Island Countries. His current research examines emigration policymaking in comparative perspective and situates the gendered care implications of transnational family separation within the migration-development debate.


  • 2022–present
    Lecturer, Australian National University
  • 2019–2022
    Research Fellow, Macquarie University


  • 2017 
    The University of Sydney, PhD