Fellows & Grantees

Anselmo Matusse

Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa: Doctoral Dissertation Completion Fellowship 2020
Project Title
Living with Mount Mabo: povoados and nature conservation in threatened worlds
Institutional Affiliation (at time of award)
PhD candidate, Anthropology, University of Cape Town


Anselmo Matusse is a PhD candidate in anthropology at the University of Cape Town. His current PhD project is based on Mount Mabo, in central Mozambique, and focuses on the changing relations between local communities and the mountain, which became popular in the media as “Google Forest” after it was put on a conservation map in 2005. He received an Early Career Grant from National Geographic, as well as a scholarship from the National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences and a fellowship from the Social Science Research Council. Matusse has a master’s degree in environmental science from Linköping University. Matusse holds bachelors degrees in English Language Teaching and anthropology from Eduardo Mondlane University. His research interests include nature conservation, community empowerment, traditional knowledge systems, local innovations and innovators, digital humanities, and science communication.