Dr Ariane Utomo, Indonesia Forum Convenor 2022
Dr Ariane Utomo grew up in Greater Jakarta and is currently a Senior Lecturer in Demography and Population Geography at the School of Geography, Earth and Atmospherics Sciences, the University of Melbourne. Her overarching research interest is to examine the relationship between family change and four dimensions of social change in contemporary Indonesia: globalisation, economic development, demographic transition, and democratisation following the political reforms of 1998. In particular, Ariane’s core research outputs explore how these multifaceted population and social change relate to attitudes to gender roles; transition to adulthood; women’s employment; marriage, fertility and family patterns; and the nature of inequalities and social stratification in Indonesia. She has also been involved in a series of collaborative research on ageing, health, and migration in Indonesia and in Australia. Ariane holds a PhD in Demography (2008) from the Australian National University. Prior to joining the University of Melbourne, Ariane was a Research Fellow at the Australian Demographic and Social Research Institute – ANU, and the ANU Crawford School of Public Policy. She was a Visiting Senior Research Fellow in the Changing Family in Asia Cluster of the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore in 2016, and a Gender and Labour Market Advisor for the Australia Indonesia Partnership for Economic Governance, Jakarta in 2017.
Dr Annisa R. Beta, Indonesia Forum co-Convenor 2022
Dr. Annisa R. Beta is a Lecturer in Cultural Studies at the School of Culture and Communication, the University of Melbourne. Her research is broadly concerned with youth, new media, and political subjectivity in Southeast Asia. Before moving to Melbourne, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Communications and New Media, National University of Singapore, from 2018 to 2019. She received her Ph.D. from National University of Singapore in 2018. While finishing her doctoral degree, she was also a Visiting Student Researcher at the University of California Berkeley in 2016. In 2021, she was one of the co-hosts of Talking Indonesia, a podcast hosted by Indonesia at Melbourne. Annisa is the co-founder of Anotasi, an educational organisation that focuses on opening access to social sciences and humanities to Indonesian youth. She has published her work on Indonesia in Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, New Media & Society, International Communication Gazette, Continuum, International Journal of Communication, Media and Communication, Asiascape: Digital Asia, and Feminist Media Studies. She has also published her writing with South China Morning Post, The Conversation, and The Jakarta Post. She is currently working on her book, Pious Girls, which traces an emerging feminine and pious political subjectivity in Indonesia.
Dr Dave McRae, Indonesia Forum Convenor 2021
Dr Dave McRae is a senior lecturer at the University of Melbourne’s Asia Institute. His current research interests include contemporary Indonesian politics, Indonesian foreign policy, Australia-Indonesia relations and regional security issues. He is the author of A Few Poorly Organized Men: Interreligious Violence in Poso, Indonesia (2013), co-author with Jemma Purdey and Antje Missbach of Indonesia: State and Society in Transition (2020), translator of Solahudin’s The Roots of Terrorism in Indonesia (2013) and editor with Tim Lindsey of Strangers Next Door? : Indonesia and Australia in the Asian Century (2018). He writes and comments frequently in both English and Indonesian in the Australian, Indonesian and other international media. He is a co-founder and editorial board member of the Indonesia At Melbourne blog, and founder and co-host of the Talking Indonesia podcast. He is also an associate in the Centre for Indonesian Law, Islam and Society. His prior appointments before joining the University of Melbourne include the Lowy Institute for International Policy, the World Bank and the International Crisis Group.
Dr Rachael Diprose, Indonesia Forum co-Convenor 2021
Dr Rachael Diprose is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Social and Political Sciences (SSPS) in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne. She teaches in the Master of Development Studies program and is also appointed as the SSPS Senior Lecturer that supports collaborations and partnerships with Indonesian universities, government and civil society organisations. Rachael has also convened executive education programs for government and civil society organisations in public policy and research in a number of countries, both at Melbourne and elsewhere. Rachael’s website, Demi Setara (or ‘For Equality’) shares research findings in a variety of forms—publications, infographics, videos, audio and interactive digital media—from the most recent large-scale research project that she leads on Gender, Collective Action and Governance in Rural Indonesia, which also involves colleagues from Melbourne and Gadjah Mada in Indonesia. See demisetara.org/womensaction Rachael is formerly of the University of Oxford, Department of International Development, and has also held roles as an international advisor for governments, aid programs and international organisations in research, policy and practice globally and in a number of countries in Asia, in particular in Indonesia. She has led academic and applied mixed-methods research programs, particularly in Southeast Asia and West Africa – within and outside academia. In these different roles has long worked together with academics, senior policy makers, development practitioners, and civil society organisations in both research and development, and remains an advisor on several development programs in Indonesia. Rachael continues to collaborate in research, teaching, publications, public engagement and other initiatives with colleagues at Melbourne, SOAS, the London School of Economics, Leiden, York, ANU, Gothenburg, the University of Gadjah Mada, the University of Indonesia, and elsewhere.
Rachael’s research interests traverse two inter-related streams of research, often using comparative analysis and mixed-methods approaches to understand variation within and between countries. First, her research focuses on international development, especially understanding poverty and inequalities so as to contribute to improvements in the wellbeing of disadvantaged groups, and with a particular focus on inclusion, gender and empowerment. Her work in this field also encompasses understanding institutional reform processes, resource governance, and how large-scale development interventions intersect with rapidly changing political and socio-economic contexts.Second, Rachael’s research is concerned with the dynamics of rapidly changing political and social contexts and the implications of such change for populations, governance, policy and political order. In this stream, Rachael focuses on understanding structures of power and decision making in multi-level and decentralised governance contexts, pathways of influence by different actors in these settings, as well as how conflicts of different forms emerge (sometimes but not always resulting in violent contestation), are managed and transformed in such contexts, including through processes of peacebuilding.
Associate Professor Linda Rae Bennet, Indonesia Forum Convenor 2020
Assoc. Professor Linda Rae Bennett is a medical anthropologist based at the Nossal Institute for Global Health, in the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health. Her research focuses on the intersections of gender, sexuality and health among young people and women within Australia’s diverse migrant communities, and in the Asia and Pacific regions. Her key areas of expertise include: sexual and reproductive health and rights, gender-based violence and theorising how intersectionality perpetuates multiple inequalities for different individuals and communities. She is strongly committed to research training both in Australia and abroad, and to increasing awareness of how qualitative and quantitative techniques can work together to produce rigorous outcomes with strong policy applications. Assoc. Prof Bennett is Head of the Education and Learning Unit at the Nossal Institute. She coordinates the subject Global Challenges in Adolescent Health, and enjoys designing and facilitating participatory research methods that utilise creative visual and oral techniques to engage with young people. Current research projects include: investigating how sexual morality and gender discrimination shape people’s experiences of sexual and reproductive health care; exploring young people’s readiness to participate in universal vaccination for the human papilloma virus in Indonesia; and examining Indonesian women’s lived experiences of cervical cancer using a life course approach to understand their resilience and vulnerability from culturally grounded perspective. As an international consultant Assoc. Prof. Bennett has collaborated with DFAT/AusAID, the Global Forum for Health, GTZ, the Ford Foundation, Save the Children, the WHO and World Vision. She has worked in multiple countries in Asia and the Pacific, with over two decades of experience in Indonesia, and is a global leader in sexual and reproductive health and rights in Indonesia. Her most recent edited book – Sex and Sexualities in Contemporary Indonesia (with Sharyn Graham Davies), Routledge 2015, was awarded the Ruth Benedict Prize for the Most Outstanding Edited Volume for 2015 and the Edited Volume Accolade from the International Convention of Asia Scholars in 2017.
Dr Ariane Utomo, Indonesia Forum Convenor 2020
Dr Ariane Utomo is a social demographer working in the field of marriage and family in Indonesia. Ariane’s overarching research interest is to examine the relationship between family change and four dimensions of social change in contemporary Indonesia: globalisation, economic development, demographic transition, and democratisation following the political reforms of 1998. Her research and teaching activities are centred on how social changes are reflected in attitudes to gender roles, school to work transition, women’s employment, changing marriage patterns, and the nature of social stratification in Indonesia. Drawing upon data from the Indonesian Census series, Ariane’s current work focuses on how changing patterns in marriage pairing relate to the broader contexts of development and social change. Ariane holds a PhD in Demography (2008) from the Australian National University. Prior to joining the University of Melbourne, Ariane was a Research Fellow at the Australian Demographic and Social Research Institute – ANU, and the ANU Crawford School of Public Policy.
Professor Andrew Rosser, Indonesia Forum Convenor 2019
Professor Andrew Rosser is Professor of Southeast Asian Studies at the Asia Institute. After completing undergraduate degrees in Commerce and Asian Studies at the University of Adelaide and Flinders University, respectively, he enrolled in a PhD in Asian Studies/Politics and International Studies at Murdoch University. Based in the Asia Research Centre, his research focused on analysing the politics of economic liberalisation in Indonesia during the New Order and early post-New Order periods and the causes and consequences of the 1997-1998 Asian Economic Crisis. He subsequently worked at the University of Sydney, the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), the Institute of Development Studies (Sussex), and the University of Adelaide, along the way building an interest in the political economy of development, policy-oriented research, and social policy. Between 2012 and 2015, he was an Australian Research Council Future Fellow, carrying out research on the relationship between law, politics and social rights in Indonesia. In addition to conventional academic work, he has also conducted commissioned research for and/or acted as a consultant to numerous international development organisations including the World Bank, the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), AusAID/DFAT, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, Oxfam, United Nations Research Institute for Social Development, and the United Nations Development Programme.
Dr Rachael Diprose, Indonesia Forum Deputy Convenor, 2018
Dr Rachael Diprose is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Social and Political Sciences (SSPS) in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne. She teaches in the Master of Development Studies program and is also appointed as the SSPS Senior Lecturer that supports collaborations and partnerships with Indonesian universities, government and civil society organisations. Rachael has also convened executive education programs for government and civil society organisations in public policy and research in a number of countries, both at Melbourne and elsewhere. Rachael’s website, Demi Setara (or ‘For Equality’) shares research findings in a variety of forms—publications, infographics, videos, audio and interactive digital media—from the most recent large-scale research project that she leads on Gender, Collective Action and Governance in Rural Indonesia, which also involves colleagues from Melbourne and Gadjah Mada in Indonesia. See demisetara.org/womensaction Rachael is formerly of the University of Oxford, Department of International Development, and has also held roles as an international advisor for governments, aid programs and international organisations in research, policy and practice globally and in a number of countries in Asia, in particular in Indonesia.
Dr Ken Setiawan, Indonesia Forum Convenor 2017
Ken Setiawan joined The University of Melbourne’s Asia Institute in 2015 as a McKenzie Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2015-2019). She currently is a Lecturer in Indonesian and Asian Studies. Ken is also an Associate at the Centre for Indonesian Law, Islam and Society (CILIS) at the Melbourne Law School. Ken has more than 10 years of research experience in Southeast Asia, and holds a PhD in Law, Master of Arts and undergraduate degree in Indonesian language from Leiden University, The Netherlands. Her research interests include globalisation and human rights as well as historical violence and transitional justice. She has widely published on the politics of human rights in Indonesia, in journals such as the Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences of Southeast Asia, Journal of Contemporary Asia and the Australian Journal of Asian Law. Her book, Promoting Human Rights: National Human Rights Commissions in Indonesia and Malaysia, was published by Leiden University Press (2013).
Dr Edwin Jurriëns, Indonesia Forum Convenor 2015
Dr Edwin Jurriëns is Senior Lecturer and Convenor of the Indonesian Studies program at the Asia Institute of the Faculty of Arts, The University of Melbourne. Previously, he was Lecturer in Indonesian Studies at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at The University of New South Wales (UNSW), Canberra (2004-2012) and Postdoctoral Fellow at Leiden University, The Netherlands (2001-2003).He holds a PhD and double Master’s and undergraduate degrees in Literature and Indonesian Studies from Leiden University. He also studied at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the Indonesian Institute of the Arts (ISI) in Yogyakarta. Edwin’s research, teaching and engagement interests are in contemporary art, media, culture, language and society in Asia, particularly Indonesia. His most recent books are the monograph Visual media in Indonesia: video vanguard (Routledge, 2017) and the edited volume Digital Indonesia: connectivity and divergence (ISEAS, 2017). His journal articles have been published in Third Text, Continuum, Art and the Public Sphere, Modern Art, Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences of Southeast Asia, and Indonesia and the Malay World. He is also Asian Visual Cultures book series editor of Amsterdam University Press and IIAS regional editor of The Newsletter. He has had fellowships with Monash Art, Design and Architecture (MADA) at Monash University, Melbourne; The Graduate Institute, Geneva; International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS), Leiden; and UNSW, Canberra. He was co-convenor of the 2016 Indonesia Update of the Australian National University (ANU), Canberra. Edwin’s research focuses on theories and manifestations of environmental art and digital art; cultural activism and participatory art and media; media ecology and the creative industry; urban space and the public sphere; and globalisation and local identity. His main interest has been the role of creativity in representing cultural values and social causes, providing an alternative to the mainstream media and consumer culture, and addressing the intersections between virtual, material and natural environments.
Indonesia Forum Research Assistants
Ratu Ayu Asih Kusuma Putri, Indonesia Forum Research Assistant 2022
Ratu Ayu Asih Kusuma Putri is a PhD Candidate at Melbourne Law School researching the intersections between refugee mobilisation, law, and development. Her research is focused on the organisational patterns of refugee communities and her doctoral thesis particularly looks at Rohingya refugee community organisations in Southeast Asia. Prior to joining Melbourne Law School, Ayu worked as a lecturer and junior researcher at a private university in Jakarta from 2015 – 2022. She has conducted research on urban refugee policy and refugee livelihood strategies in Indonesia. Ayu also has been working as a volunteer and advisor for some refugee-led organisations and projects in Indonesia.
Prasakti Ramadhana Fahadi, Indonesia Forum Research Assistant 2022
Prasakti Ramadhana Fahadi (Dana) is a PhD candidate and a recipient of the Human Rights Scholarship in the Cross-departmental Gender Studies program under the Department of History, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies. Her doctoral research is centred on the history of digital media and communication for activism and gender-based violence in Indonesia. Dana’s research interests include digital activism, audience studies, and popular and youth digital culture.
Annisa Sabrina Hartoto, Indonesia Forum Research Assistant 2021
Annisa Sabrina Hartoto is a PhD candidate in Development Studies, at the School of Social and Political Sciences, Faculty of Arts. Her research interests include gender and development, agrarian conflict, environmental governance, and civil society organisations. She also has extensive professional experience in qualitative research, monitoring and evaluation, as well as program management and outreach.
Bronwyn Anne Beech Jones, Indonesia Forum Research Assistant 2021
Bronwyn Anne Beech Jones is a PhD Candidate and recipient of the Hansen Scholarship in History in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, Faculty of Arts. Her doctoral research examines women and girls’ life stories and networks of craft education and belonging in early-twentieth century Sumatra through women’s newspapers. Bronwyn’s research interests include gender, adat, textual cultures, Islam, everyday life, and transnational connections in Indonesia, particularly during the colonial era.
Sander Adelaar studied Indonesian languages and cultures and Austronesian linguistics at Leiden University, where he also lectured. He was a research fellow in Linguistics at the Australian National University and a Humboldt Fellow at Goethe University (Frankfurt) before coming to the University of Melbourne. His research includes comparative and descriptive linguistics with emphasis on varieties of Malay and the languages of Borneo (where he has conducted extensive field research), Madagascar and Taiwan. He is also interested in the oral and written literary traditions of Indonesia.
Azad is a Lecturer in Public Policy at the School of Social & Political Sciences, and a member of the Policy Lab at the University of Melbourne. His research interests lie at the intersection of comparative social policy in Southeast Asia, policy design, and public financial management. At the University of Melbourne, he teaches Public Policy Design & Implementation, and Public Policy in an Asian Century.
Annisa R. Beta is a Lecturer in Cultural Studies at the School of Culture and Communication, the University of Melbourne. Her research is broadly concerned with youth, new media, and political subjectivity in Southeast Asia. Before moving to Melbourne, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Communications and New Media, National University of Singapore, from 2018 to 2019. She received her Ph.D. from National University of Singapore in 2018. She has published her work in New Media & Society, International Communication Gazette, and Media and Communication. She has also published her writing with South China Morning Post, The Jakarta Post, and anotasi.com.
Richard Chauvel has research interests in Indonesian history and politics, Australia-Indonesia relations and Australian foreign policy. His research has focused on issues of national unity, centre – region relations and decentralisation as well as political and social change in eastern Indonesia, most particularly in Maluku and Papua. In Jakarta, he taught in the departments of politics and history and helped establish the Centre for Australian Studies at the University of Indonesia.
Ana Dragojlovic is working at the intersection of feminist, queer, postcolonial, and affect theory with a primary focus on gender and mobility; violence, memory, and trauma. She is the author of Beyond Bali: Subaltern Citizens and Post-Colonial Intimacy (Amsterdam University Press 2016, forward by Michael Herzfeld) and published numerous chapters and articles about Indonesia.
Rachael Diprose currently teaches in the Master of Development Studies, and in executive education programs with the Melbourne School of Government. Her research focuses on the political economy and sociology of conflict, state-building and development. Her work also explores the dynamics of contention in decentralisation and multi-level governance, with a particular focus on the resource and land sectors and emerging field of climate change mitigation. She is an advisor on several development programs in Indonesia (including women’s empowerment programs).
Wulan Dirgantoro is a McKenzie Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne. Her research interests are gender and feminism, and trauma and memory in Indonesian modern and contemporary art. Her publications including Feminisms and Indonesian Contemporary Art: Defining Experiences (Amsterdam University Press, 2017) and ‘Aesthetics of Silence: Exploring Trauma in Indonesian Painting 1970-1980’ in Ambitious Alignment: New Histories of Southeast Asian Art (Power Publication and the National Gallery of Singapore, 2018). She has also contributed to various art publications in Asia, Australia and UK on Indonesian modern and contemporary art.
Michael Ewing is a Senior Lecturer in Indonesian at Asia Institute, The University of Melbourne. His area of expertise is Indonesian and Javanese Linguistics, as well as language endangerment.
Andy Fuller research Indonesian literature, the politics of sport and urbanisation and the negotiating of Indigenous identity in Australian sport. I have published in a number of refereed journals and authored texts on literature, sport, as well as having translated works by noted Indonesian authors Afrizal Malna and Budi Darma.
Vedi Hadiz is the Director and Professor of Asian Studies at the Asia Institute and an Assistant Deputy Vice-Chancellor International, University of Melbourne. He was previously Professor of Asian Societies and Politics at Murdoch University’s Asia Research Centre and Director of its Indonesia Research Programme. An Indonesian national, he was an Australian Research Council Future Fellow in 2010-2014. His research interests revolve around political sociology and political economy issues, especially those related to the contradictions of development in Indonesia and Southeast Asia more broadly, and more recently, in the Middle East.
Benjamin Hegarty is an anthropologist specialising in gender and sexuality studies. Benjamin’s dissertation research investigated this concern in the Indonesian context, investigating how and in what ways globalised knowledge about sex/gender/sexuality shaped the emergence of distinctive national cultures of transgender femininity.
Edwin Jurriëns is Senior Lecturer and Convenor of the Indonesian Studies program at the Asia Institute of the Faculty of Arts, The University of Melbourne. Edwin’s research, teaching and engagement interests are in contemporary art, media, culture, language and society in Asia, particularly Indonesia. His most recent books are the monograph ‘Visual media in Indonesia: video vanguard’ and the edited volume ‘Digital Indonesia: connectivity and divergence’.
Michael Leigh was appointed Professor of Contemporary Asia and Director of the Asia Institute, University of Melbourne (2004-6) and was the director of the Aceh Research Training Institute (2007-9). He has served as the president of the Asian Studies Association of Australia. His previous positions include director of the Institute of East Asian Studies at Universiti Malaysia Sarawak 1997-2003, head of the Department of Government and Public Administration at the University of Sydney 1989-1991 and Director of the International College Penang 1992-6. He has published articles and monographs on elections in Malaysia and Indonesia.
Kate McGregor is a historian of Indonesia. Her research interests include Indonesian historiography, memories of violence, the Indonesian military, Islam and identity in Indonesia and historical international links between Indonesia and the world. She teaches in the areas of Southeast Asian history, the history of violence and Asian thematic history.
Dave McRae is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne’s Asia Institute. His current research interests include contemporary Indonesian politics, Indonesian foreign policy, Australia-Indonesia relations and regional security issues. He is a co-founder and editorial board member of the Indonesia@Melbourne blog, and founder and co-host of the Talking Indonesia podcast. Dave has researched conflict, politics, democratisation and human rights issues in Indonesia for well over a decade. He is currently an associate in the Centre for Indonesian Law, Islam and Society.
John Murphy teaches and researches Australian politics and history, and comparative social policy history, with a developing focus on Indonesian social protection. He has expertise in social policy, examined historically and comparatively. He has published research on Australian social, political and policy history, public narratives about welfare, masculinity and nation, and memory, historiography and biography.
Avery Poole’s research explores institutional change in regional organisations, particularly ASEAN; conceptualisations of democracy and governance in Australia and Southeast Asian states; and Australian engagement with Southeast Asia and the Indo-Pacific region. Avery is an investigator in a research project regarding youth perception and diplomatic relations through education between Indonesia and Australia.
Thomas Reuter is a Professor at the Asia Institute of The University of Melbourne. After obtaining his PhD from ANU in 1997, he taught at Heidelberg University, held post-doctoral and QElI Fellowships at Melbourne, and a Research Fellowship at Monash University. He was President of the Australian Anthropological Association (2002-2005) and served as chair of the World Council of Anthropological Associations. He is currently Senior Vice-President of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences, a member of the advisory board of Future Earth (Asia) and on the executive of the International Social Science Council. His personal research has focused on Indonesian ethnology, new social movements, religion, political anthropology, elites, status, social organization, climate change, ecology, globalisation and general theory.
Andrew Rosser is Professor of Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Melbourne. After completing undergraduate degrees in Commerce and Asian Studies at the University of Adelaide and Flinders University respectively, he enrolled in a PhD in Asian Studies/Politics and International Studies at Murdoch University. His early research focusing on analysing the politics of economic liberalisation in Indonesia during the New Order and early post-New Order periods and the causes and consequences of the 1997-1998 Asian economic crisis. More recently, his research has focused on the relationship between law, politics and social rights in Indonesia and the political economy of education and health reform.
Ken Setiawan’s research, teaching and engagement interests are at the intersection of legal anthropology, history, politics and society in Asia, with an emphasis on Indonesia. In her research, she is interested in the promotion, manifestation and contestation of human rights at global, national and local levels, particularly with regard to coming to terms with past human rights violations.
Justin Wejak is a Lecturer at the Asia Institute and writes a number of papers and book chapters on anthropology, religion and violence in Indonesia.
Anne Suryani is currently a Research Fellow at the Centre for Vocational and Educational Policy, Melbourne Graduate School of Education. Anne has been working in a number of educational projects in Australia and Indonesia focusing on teacher motivation, teacher education, teacher professional development, vocational education, assessment and curriculum.
Amanda Achmadi obtained her doctorate degree in Architecture and Asian Studies at the University of Melbourne in 2007. She also holds a Bachelor degree in Architecture from Parahyangan University (Bandung, Indonesia). Her dissertation explores the role of architectural discourses within the 20th century construction of cultural identity in Bali. Amanda is interested in looking at the interactions between architecture and identity politics and how these unfold in different historical periods: pre-colonial, colonial and postcolonial era. Her focus is the architectural landscape of Indonesia and Southeast Asian region.
David O’Brien practised as an architect before joining the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning in 1996. He is an expert in disaster relief, tsunami reconstruction housing and sustainable housing developments in marginalised communities in Asia. He publishes a number of articles and chapters on post-disaster reconstruction in Indonesia.
Lisa Cameron joined the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research at the University of Melbourne as a Professorial Research Fellow in July 2017. She is an empirical micro-economist whose research incorporates the techniques of experimental and behavioural economics so as to better understand human decision-making. Much of her research focuses on policy evaluation – understanding the impacts and behavioural implications of public policy, with a focus on social and economic issues. She is particularly interested in the welfare of disadvantaged and marginalised groups and the socio-economic determinants of health. Much of her research to date has focused on developing countries, particularly Indonesia and China. She is on the Editorial Board of the Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies (BIES).
Howard Dick holds an Honorary position in management and marketing at the University of Melbourne. His research’s interests are in Asian business, corruption, governance and ethics (Indonesia), global logistics and urbanisation in the Asia-Pacific.
Nisvan Erkal is a professor at the Department of Economics, University of Melbourne. Her research and teaching fields are in experimental economics, industrial organization, the economics of innovation, and microeconomics. She has researched issues such as corruption and corrupt behaviour in Indonesia and other Asia Pacific countries such as India, China and Australia.
Diana Contreras Suarez’s work focuses on understanding human capital formation throughout the life cycle using applied econometrics techniques. She works in various research projects in Indonesia pertaining to gender, children and social protection programs and evaluation.
Lu Aye is a Professor in the Department of Infrastructure Engineering at the University of Melbourne, Australia. He is a member of the University of Melbourne Energy Institute Energy Efficiency and Smart Grids research groups.
Colin Duffield is a Professor of Engineering Project Management and Civil Engineering Discipline Leader in the Department of Infrastructure Engineering, at The University of Melbourne. He is also a Board member of Infrastructure Australia and a Fellow of the Law School (where he delivers a master level unit in infrastructure procurement). He is a recognised international thought leader in the efficient procurement of public infrastructure and the incorporation of private finance as a mechanism for achieving value for money outcomes.
Tim Lindsey is one of Australia’s leading experts on Indonesian law, and has advised governments, business, international organisations, courts and legal practitioners in Indonesia and Australia. He is Malcolm Smith Professor of Asian Law, Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor and Director of the Centre for Indonesian Law, Islam and Society at the Melbourne Law School. He holds a Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Letters from the University of Melbourne and completed his PhD thesis in Indonesian studies. A specialist in a wide range of aspects of Indonesian law, including public law, criminal law, commercial law, and family law, he also teaches and researches shari’a (Islamic law) in Indonesia and Southeast Asia.
Helen Pausacker is Deputy Director of the Centre for Indonesian Law, Islam and Society (CILIS) and an Executive Editor for the Australian Journal of Asian Law. She is a Principal Researcher with the Asian Law Centre and CILIS. She was Convenor of the Indonesia Forum (2001, 2009 to 2011). Helen has worked in a number of Indonesia-related positions, including as lecturer and tutor in History at the University of Melbourne (1995-1996) and Politics at Latrobe University (2000); as language facilitator and interpreter for a number of legal and non-government organisations; a research position with the Australian Council for Overseas Aid and as Office and Production Manager for the magazine, Inside Indonesia. Helen’s research interests in the legal field include charges of ‘pornography’ and prosecution of religious sects, both under the current Indonesian Criminal Code and she also researches in the field of Javanese culture.
Peter Annear is Head of the Health Systems Governance and Financing Unit at the Nossal Institute for Global Health, University of Melbourne. He is a board member of the Asia Network for Health Systems Strengthening and a member of the Senior Technical Advisory Committee and the Board of the Asia Pacific Observatory for Health Systems and Policies. Assoc. Prof. Annear is a member of the Academic Board of the Development Studies department in the Master of Science degree at the University of Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Linda Rae Bennett is a medical anthropologist based at the Nossal Institute for Global Health, in the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health. Her research focuses on the intersections of gender, sexuality and health among young people and women within Australia’s diverse migrant communities, and in the Asia and Pacific regions. Her key areas of expertise include: sexual and reproductive health and rights, gender based violence and theorising how intersectionality perpetuates multiple inequalities for different individuals and communities. She has an extensive research experience and publishes a large number of books and articles on these topics in Indonesian context.
Angela Devine is a health economist with the Menzies School of Health Research. Her current research is focused on the burden of disease and cost-effectiveness of options for the management of vivax malaria. She has published an article on the treatment of malaria in Papua, Indonesia in 2018.
Michael Duffy did his PhD in mycoplasma pneumoniae at the School of Veterinary Science at the University of Melbourne. This basic research identified a species-specific, immunodominant surface antigen that he developed into a serodiagnostic for atypical pneumonia currently produced under licence by a commercial company. He then undertook post-doctoral research into the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum for the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, but based at the Eijkman Institute in Jakarta Indonesia.
Krishna Hort has over 20 years’ experience in management and delivery of health services and in engaging with health system researchers and policy makers to address health system policy challenges in the Asia Pacific. He has been involved in programs ranging from maternal and child health, water and sanitation, hospital management, avoidable blindness, emerging infectious disease, through to reconstruction after natural disasters. Krishna also has more than 10 years’ experience working in health system support programs. These include roles as team leader of an AusAID program in Indonesia. Highlights include participating in the response to the Asian Tsunami of 2004 in Aceh, and leadership of the Health Policy and Finance Knowledge Hub 2009-2013. Krishna has contributed to national health system reviews in Indonesia and Bangladesh, and led research on policy issues such as public hospital governance, engaging and regulating the private sector and improving quality of care.
Barbara McPake is a health economist specialising in health policy and systems research. She has 30 years of experience in these areas based in four university departments. She is currently Director of the Nossal Institute for Global Health, University of Melbourne and one of two Research Directors of the ‘ReBUILD’, a UK Department for International Development funded Research Programme Consortium on health systems development.
Alex Robinson is the Unit Head – Disability Inclusion for Health and Development at Nossal Institute of Global Health and Population. He was previously Country Director for Indonesia and the Philippines and global Disability Inclusion Adviser for ASB, one of Germany’s largest social welfare organisations. Alex’s research concerns information, inclusion and risk. He has an interest in development programming and information access and content in disaster risk reduction (DRR) and prevention and has worked in emergency response and recovery programs in Indonesia, Haiti, the Philippines and Nepal.
Doreen Rosenthal is an Honorary Professor at Melbourne School of Population and Global Health. Her research’ interests are adolescent health and the health status of marginalized populations.
Muhammad Bayu Sasongko’s area of research is in diabetic retinopathy. He was awarded a PhD from University of Melbourne in 2012.
Susan Sawyer holds the inaugural Chair of Adolescent Health in the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Melbourne. Her research interests within adolescent health include health services and models of care for adolescents and young adults, developmentally appropriate models of health care, and chronic disease management in adolescence. She has expertise in both quantitative and qualitative research methods. She is a leader of Australia-Indonesia Centre’s Health Research Cluster.
Belinda Spagnoletti has been with the Nossal Institute since 2013 and is currently a Research Fellow in Sexual and Reproductive Health. She manages a multi-site research project funded by the Australian Research Council that explores women’s experiences of cervical cancer in Indonesia. She has over 13 years of research and research management experience gained in interdisciplinary research teams in Australia and Indonesia.
Brigitte Tenni is the Senior Technical Advisor at the Nossal Institute for Global Health. She is a public health practitioner with a focus on, and expertise in, HIV programming, capacity building, social research and monitoring and evaluation. Her experience is in the areas of sexual and reproductive health, HIV and hepatitis C, drug policy, treatment preparedness, advocacy and the Greater Involvement of People living with HIV & AIDS (GIPA).
Barbara Ozarska is the Leader of the Research Group on Sustainable and Renewable Forest Products, with a focus on plantation wood processing and manufacturing, development and design of high quality timber products, durability of timber and timber products and utilisation of plantation timber resource. She is managing multimillion dollar collaborative research projects (in Australia, South-Eastern Asia, and countries in the Pacific) on value-added wood products based on plantation solid wood, veneers and wood composites; build capacity in education, research and training; and improve product quality and manufacturing practices.
Rebecca Runting is a Lecturer in Spatial Science with research interests that span spatial planning, ecosystem services, climate change adaptation and ecological economics. Her focus is on examining the economic and conservation value of different modelling and planning methods in complex environments, using case studies from Australia’s coastal wetlands and the tropical forests of Indonesian Borneo. Rebecca holds a PhD in Environmental Management (2017) from The University of Queensland, which focused on developing and evaluating strategies to manage ecosystem services under global change.
Sebastian Thomas is a transdisciplinary researcher with a background in climate strategy, environmental management, and sustainability economics and policy. His work examines human-nature relations – the interconnected biophysical, economic, social, and policy dynamics of sustainability innovations, climate governance, and environmental governance. In the context of global change issues – including technology, climate and environment, new economic forces, social movements and conflicts, and resource constraints – he investigates how communities can connect to global economic and policy frameworks to achieve resilient and prosperous sustainability outcomes. His research interests include the blue economy, vulnerability and resilience, ‘blue carbon’ in coastal ecosystems and its role in sustainable development, ocean governance, energy transitions, and the role of educational innovation in adapting to global challenges.
Ariane Utomo is a social demographer, working in the field of marriage and family in Indonesia. Her overarching research interest is to examine the relationship between family change and social change in contemporary Indonesia following the political reforms of 1998. Her research and teaching activities are centred on how social change are reflected in attitudes to gender roles, school to work transition, women’s employment, changing marriage patterns, and the nature of social stratification in Indonesia.
Jagoda Ignjatovic is an expert in veterinary biosciences. She specialises in veterinary virology and has conducted a number of research pertaining to the avian influenza virus i.e. H5N1 in Indonesia in recent years.