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Mike is an an anthropologist with a PhD from the Australian National University. Before entering academia he had various jobs in policy, agriculture, international development and education throughout Eurasia and Australia, as well as spending periods on the dole, doing various sorts of survival work in the precariat and travelling. His current focus is an ethnographic study, funded through the Pacific Research Scheme, looking at the experiences of temporary workers from Timor-Leste in Australia and how the impact of their international labour is ordered by older modes of income sharing rooted in Timorese custom. Though he has published mostly on Timor-Leste, his recent experiences have broached areas as diverse as artisanal mining and gene technology regulation, and he is always delighted to have a go at new fields.

You can get an open access of his latest book through this link.

He regularly blogs at DevPol and elsewhere.

His research interests include: labour migration, urbanisation in Southeast Asia, development, religious syncretism, ritualised agriculture, transhumanism, medical pluralism, the ontological turn, diasporic and transnational communities, Timor-Leste, Eastern Indonesia, the Atoni Pah Meto, activist anthropology, narrative ethnography, and heaps of other stuff.

He is also happy to hear from prospective PhD students to talk about potential projects and strategies for getting them funded.

Some of Mike’s recent publications include:


Rose M. 2020. ‘Indigenous spirits and global aspirations in. Southeast Asian Borderland’ Amsterdam University Press.

Peer reviewed articles/book chapters

Rose, M. 2020, ‘Returning the rock and protecting the game: Austronesian Custom and environmental governance in Timor-Leste’, Oceania, 90 (1)

Rose, M. 2018. ‘Adat, Adaptabilty and Uab Natoni (ritual speech) among the Meto of Oecussi,’ The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology, 19 (4), 450-466

Rose, M. 2017. ‘Development’, resistance and the geographies of affect in Oecussi, Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography. 36 (2), 201-215.

Rose, M. 2017. ‘The book of Dan. The door in the tree. Emergent Frameworks for Faith and Healing among the Meto of Timor-Leste. Oceania, 87 (2), 298-316.

Rose, M. 2016. ‘The assimilation of a Catholic priest among the Meto of Oecussi’ The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology, 17 (1), 66-82.

Rose, M. 2016. ‘ZEESM: Destructive ‘Development’ in Timor’s Special Economic Zone’, ANU, Society State and Governance in Melanesia, 2016/4.

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