Michael Rose

Michael Rose

School of Social Sciences

Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics


I am an anthropologist by training with a PhD from the Australian National University. Prior to starting my PhD in 2013 I worked 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.

Before coming to The University of Adelaide I was a fellow at the Australian National University's Development Policy Centre researching workers from Timor-Leste in Australia under the various Pacific Australia Labour Mobility programs. In particular I focused on the pedagogical aspects of the workers' presence in Australia, and trying to better understand how their ability to earn money as individuals in a neo-liberal economy is changing (and not changing) the broadly collective frameworks that have historically dominated work and life in Timor.

As of July 2022 I have taken up a new position as a research associate at the University of Adelaide, seeking to better understand, and map, the nature statecraft in the Pacific.

Aside from these main projects other research interests include: labour migration, urbanisation in Southeast Asia, development, religious syncretism, ritualised agriculture, medical pluralism, the ontological turn, diasporic and transnational communities, Timor-Leste, Eastern Indonesia, the Atoni Pah Meto, activist anthropology and narrative ethnography. Though I has published mostly on Timor-Leste, recent work as broached areas as diverse as artisanal mining and gene technology regulation and I am always interested in potential collaborations outside this field.

  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2022 Rose, M. (2022). Global labour, local frameworks: Timor-Leste and Australiaʼs Seasonal Worker Programme. Asia and the Pacific Policy Studies, 9(2), 165-177.
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    2021 Lahiri-Dutt, K., Crawford, E., Ratcliffe, J., & Rose, M. (2021). Resource politics in Mongolia: Large- and small-scale mines in collision. Resources Policy, 73, 102137.
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    2020 Rose, M. (2020). Returning the Rock and Protecting the Game: Austronesian Custom and Environmental Governance in Timor‐Leste. Oceania, 90(1), 55-69.
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    2018 Rose, M. (2018). Adat, Adaptability and Ritual Speech (Uab Natoni) among the Meto of Oecussi. Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology, 19(5), 450-466.
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    2017 Rose, M. (2017). ‘Development’, resistance and the geographies of affect in Oecussi: Timor-Leste's Special Economic Zone (ZEESM). Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography, 38(2), 201-215.
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    2017 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(3), 298-316.
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    2016 Rose, M. (2016). ‘It's Dangerous, but these are my People’: The Assimilation of a Catholic Priest among the Meto of Oecussi. The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology, 17(1), 66-82.
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  • Books

    Year Citation
    2020 Rose, M. (2020). Indigenous Spirits and Global Aspirations in a Southeast Asian Borderland: Timor-Leste's Oecussi Enclave. Amsterdam, Netherlands: Amsterdam University Press.

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