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Matthew Mabefam is  the focal point for Diaspora. He is a critical Development Studies scholar, teacher, and researcher. He is currently a Sessional Academic at the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne. He teaches Development Studies subjects at both the masters and undergraduate levels, including Development theories, intervening in development, Understanding Poverty, Politics & Contested Development in Africa, as well as Africa: Environment, Development, People. This sessional position at the University of Melbourne allows him to build on his strong teaching record, including research and community engagement projects such as the social integration of African migrants into broader Australian society, a project which he co-leads. He is currently consulting for Jesuit Social Services on a research project entitled ‘The Men’s Project: Engaging African-Australian Men in Australia.’ In these roles he has gained experience, demonstrating outstanding potential, which is reflected in a growing portfolio of teaching activities, community engagement, and research profile.