Mr Matthew Willner-Reid

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Matthew is an aid practitioner and researcher with over a decade of experience in international development, human rights and peace-building. Prior to starting his DPhil at Oxford he worked with NGOs in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan, Sierra Leone, the USA and Belgium, and with the European Union in Afghanistan, China, and Belgium. 

Matthew holds a European Masters Degree in Human Rights and Democratisation and an undergraduate degree in Law, having previously studied at universities in the UK, France, Italy and Portugal. Matthew is currently a Wiener Anspach Visiting Fellow at the Université Libre de Bruxelles.

In the media
To what extent is UNHCR's intervention in Afghanistan shaped by incentives in the humanitaria...

Journal articles and special issues

Willner-Reid, Matthew (with Nematullah Bizhan, Jasmine Bhatia) (eds) (2018) 'Special Issue: The Politics of Development in Afghanistan', Asian Survey 58 (6)
Willner-Reid, Matthew (2018) 'The Rise of Referendums: A Death Sentence for Multilateralism?', The International Spectator: Italian Journal of International Affairs
Willner-Reid, Matthew (2016) 'IDPs in Afghanistan: A confused national glossary', Refugee Survey Quarterly


Conference papers

Willner-Reid, Matthew (forthcoming) 'Mercenaries, missionaries and misfits: Competition in the aid marketplace in Afghanistan', Paper for the Development Studies Association Conference, Oxford, UK, 12-14 September

Other publications

Willner-Reid, Matthew (2006) 'Post-colonial governments of leading strings: The legitimacy and accountability of International Transitional Administrations', Coimbra Editora
21 January, 2019
Former DPhil Matthew Willner-Reid co-edits SI on politics of development in Afghanistan
28 March, 2018
New article by DPhil Matthew Willner-Reid explores dangers for multilateralism posed by referendums
27 Jul, 2016
'The Brexit vote raises more questions than answers'. Matthew Willner-Reid writes for Open Democracy
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