Mike is 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, in the precariat, and travelling. His current focus is an ethnographic study, funded through the Pacific Research Program, 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.
Some of Mike’s 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 and narrative ethnography. 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 interested in potential collaborations outside this field.
Mike is also open to hearing from prospective PhD students to talk about potential projects, and strategies for getting them funded.
You can get an open access of his latest book through this link.
He regularly blogs at DevPol and elsewhere.