University of Wisconsin–Madison

Matthew Trew

Graduate Student

trew@wisc.edu

Photo of Mathew Trew with statue and Buddhist Monk

Cultural Anthropology

Matthew Trew is a PhD Candidate in the cultural section.  His research focuses on thematic tourism as a strategy for establishing competitive symbolic economies in smaller urban areas of the developing world.  He has worked in Battambang, Cambodia for many years, learning from and assisting locals with tourism management and an ongoing application for UNESCO World Heritage Status.  Other interests include cultural heritage management, postcolonial space, thanatourism/dark tourism, narratology of space and place, and visual anthropology.  He currently runs the website BambooTrain.com to help promote and preserve Battambang’s endangered bamboo train attraction, the city’s largest tourist draw.