Dr Dave McRae
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
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
Annisa Sabrina Hartoto
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
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.