Matthew Grant Allen is Professor of Development Studies at The University of the South Pacific. He 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. 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).