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Matthew Porges


Postdoctoral Researcher, Re-imagining Development for Mobile and Marginalised Peoples

Matthew Porges is an anthropologist whose work explores the relationship between mobility, sovereignty, and ecology in the Sahara. He has carried out fieldwork in Western Sahara, Mauritania, Algeria, and Morocco since 2014. He defended his PhD in Social Anthropology at the University of St Andrews in February 2021. Prior to his PhD, he worked for the non-profit diplomatic advisory firm Independent Diplomat in Brussels. His writing has appeared in the London Review of Books, Jadaliyya, Forced Migration Review, and elsewhere. He is currently working as a researcher on the project 'Re-imagining Development for Mobile and Marginalised Peoples', supported by the John Fell Fund.