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Jacob Mwathi Mati

Social Sciences
University of south pacific


Dr. Jacob Mwathi Mati joined the USP Sociology team in August 2014. Dr. Mati teaches courses relating to sociology of development and social policy. His research interests are on intersections of civil society and sociopolitical change.

Research Interest

Social movements, civil society and their intersections with development and governance. Current research projects are centred on power, civic agency, volunteerism and philanthropy.


  • Mati JM, Wu, F., El Taraboulsi, S., Edwards, B. & Smith DH (2016). ‘Social movements and activist-protest volunteering.’ In Smith DH, Stebbins RA. & Grotz J. (eds.) Palgrave handbook of volunteering, civic participation, and nonprofit associations, Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 516-538.

  • Mati JM (2017) Emergence of inter-identity alliances in struggles for transformation of the Kenyan constitution, Cosmopolitan Civil Societies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Vol. 9 (1): 77-97.

  • Altmann, P., Demirhisar, DG. & Mati JM (2017) “Social Movements in the Global South: Some Theoretical Considerations,” in Philipp Altmann, Deniz Günce Demirhisar and Jacob Mwathi Mati (eds.) Perspectives on Social Movements: Voices from the South, Émulations, Numéro 19: 7-25.

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