Key people


Professor Andrew Rosser

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.

Associate Professor Linda Rae Bennet

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.

Past convenors

Dr Rachael Diprose, Indonesia Forum Deputy Convenor, 2018

Dr Rachael Diprose is a Lecturer of International Development in the School of Social and Political Sciences. Rachael leads the cross-disciplinary research cluster on Conflict, Development and Justice in the School of Social and Political Sciences, and collaborates with colleagues at Melbourne, SOAS, and Gadjah Mada University for a research project on States, Frontiers and Conflict in the Asia Pacific, which has a particular focus on Indonesia. Formerly of the University of Oxford Department of International Development, where she gained her DPhil, Rachael has led academic and applied mixed-methods research programs in a number of countries, particularly in Southeast Asia and West Africa. Rachael’s research broadly focuses on the political economy and sociology of conflict, state-building and development. Her work also explores the dynamics of contention in decentralisation and multilevel governance, with a focus on the resource and land sectors and emerging field of climate change mitigation. Rachael has a long history of working with academics, senior policymakers, development practitioners, and civil society organisations in Indonesia. Her co-authored book, Contesting Development, published with Yale University Press, explores the dynamics of contention in development processes and was awarded the 2012 American Sociological Association Award for ‘best new work in development’.

Dr Ken Setiawan, Indonesia Forum Convenor 2017

Dr Ken Setiawan is a McKenzie Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne’s Asia Institute, an associate of the Centre for Indonesian Law, Islam and Society (CILIS) at Melbourne Law School, and an affiliate researcher at the Institute for the Study of Human Rights (ISHR), Columbia University. She holds a PhD in Law (2013), Master of Arts (2004) and an undergraduate degree in Indonesian languages and cultures from Leiden University, the Netherlands. Ken’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 the global, national and local levels, particularly with regards to coming to terms with past human rights violations. Ken is the author of Promoting Human Rights: National Human Rights Commissions in Indonesia and Malaysia (Leiden University Press, 2013) and has published in journals including the Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences of Southeast Asia and Global Change, Peace and Security.

Dr Edwin Jurriëns, Indonesia Forum Convenor 2015

Dr Edwin Jurriëns is a lecturer in Indonesian Studies at the Asia Institute, and visiting fellow with the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at The University of New South Wales (UNSW) Canberra. Before joining the University of Melbourne, he was a lecturer in Indonesian Studies and Southeast Asian Social Inquiry at UNSW Canberra (2004-2012) and Postdoctoral Fellow at Leiden University, the Netherlands (2001-2003). He holds a PhD (2001) and double Master’s (1996) and undergraduate degrees in Literature and Indonesian Studies from Leiden University. He also studied at the Indonesian Institute of the Arts (ISI) in Yogyakarta (1994-1995) and Andalas University in Padang (1992).

His research, teaching and engagement interests are in contemporary art, media, culture, language and society in Asia, particularly Indonesia. His research focuses on theories and manifestations of media ecology; participatory art and media; new media art; environmental art; discourse, representation and aesthetics; globalisation, cosmopolitanism and local culture; identity politics; the public sphere; urban space; the creative industry; and disaster relief. His monographs include Visual Media in Indonesia: Video Vanguard (Routledge, 2017), From Monologue to Dialogue: Radio and Reform in Indonesia (KITLV Press/Brill, 2009), and Cultural Travel and Migrancy: The Artistic Representation of Globalisation in the Electronic Media of West Java (2004). He is co-editor of Digital Indonesia: Connectivity and Divergence (ISEAS, 2017), Disaster Relief in the Asia Pacific: Agency and Resilience (Routledge, 2014) and Cosmopatriots: On Distant Belongings and Close Encounters. (Rodopi/Brill, 2007). He is also co-editor of the Asian Visual Cultures book series of Amsterdam University Press.

Key graduate students

Herfina Nababan

Herfina completed her medical training from Indonesia and received a master in International Health from Global Health Policy Department, the University of Tokyo – Japan. Between 2012 – 2016 she worked with International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research Bangladesh (icddr,b) where she was involved in different research projects related to health service delivery and maternal and newborn health. She is currently a PhD candidate with Nossal Institute for Global Health at the University of Melbourne, working on a research project disentangling complex relationship between public and private healthcare service provision in moving towards universal health coverage.

Victoria Fanggidae

Victoria has master’s degree in Development Studies from the University of Melbourne in 2010, after years of working at various international humanitarian and development agencies in Indonesia. She worked at Perkumpulan Prakarsa, a Jakarta-based think tank that focuses on fiscal policy, social policy and sustainable development issues, before pursuing her doctoral study in 2017 at the School of Social and Political Science (SSPS) in the same university. Her dissertation investigates Indonesian workers’ engagement with risk and social insurance in light of the newly introduced National Social Security System (SJSN). Her overall research interests include health, employment, sustainable development and related social development issues. She is an active op-ed contributor for health and employment issues at The Jakarta Post daily.