Matthew F. Pritchard is a visiting scholar at Sudd Institute. He is a PhD student in the Department of Geography at McGill University, where he holds research fellow positions at the Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism and the Indian Ocean World Research Centre. Matthew's research, applied and policy works focus on post-conflict and post-war environments, with a particular concentration on land tenure reform, property rights, legal pluralism and natural resource management. His experience includes academic, fieldwork and policy analyses in South Sudan, Rwanda, Tanzania, Burundi, Côte d'Ivoire, Mozambique, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Cambodia. Matthew's publications and projects focus on tenure reform, forced evictions, large-scale returns, conflict resolution, natural resource management, large-scale land acquisitions, and livelihood security.
While at the SUDD Institute, Matthew will be working on research for his doctoral dissertation titled ‘The Co-Evolution of Land Tenure Systems in South Sudan: (Re)defining, (re)developing and (re)expressing human-environment relations in a post-conflict environment.’ The main goal of this project is to deconstruct how the dramatically altered socio-political, economic and power relations that emerge following large-scale conflict and displacement impact the negotiation and implementation of rural land rights within and between actors and institutions.