Dave McRae

Dave McRae is a Senior Research Fellow at the Asia Institute in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne. He is also an Associate at the Centre for Indonesian Law, Islam and Society.

In 2014, Indonesia launched its comprehensive national health care scheme, the JKN. What impact has it had during its first two years of operations? What policy challenges is the government facing? Dr Dave McRae discusses these issues and more with Professor Hasbullah Thabrany and Professor Laksono Trisnantoro in the latest Talking Indonesia podcast.

What are the main forms of violence against women in Indonesia, and the key drivers of this violence? What support is available to women suffering violence? In Talking Indonesia this week, Dr Dave McRae explores these questions and more with Yuniyanti Chuzaifah, vice chair of the National Commission on Violence Against Women (Komnas Perempuan).

Inequality in Indonesia has reached record levels. What is driving this inequality, and what does Indonesian society look like as a result? Dr Dave McRae explores these issues and more with Dr Matthew Wai-Poi in the latest Talking Indonesia podcast.

Following the recent attack on the Gafatar community, and efforts to evict Ahmadiyah followers from Bangka Island, religious intolerance is once again in the spotlight. What are the drivers of intolerance, and what forms does it take? Is President Joko Widodo doing any better than his predecessor at managing the issue? Dr Dave McRae explores these questions with Ihsan Ali-Fauzi in the latest Talking Indonesia podcast.

Police have named Bahrun Naim, an Indonesian affiliated with ISIS, as the suspected mastermind of the Jakarta attacks. Who is he, and does this mean Indonesia should expect further attacks from ISIS-affiliated in groups in the country? In this special edition of Talking Indonesia, Dr Dave McRae explores these issues with Solahudin, a leading expert on jihadism in Indonesia.

British naturalist Alfred Wallace was a leading evolutionary scholar known for describing the Wallace Line, which separates the distinct flora and fauna of eastern and western Indonesia. In Talking Indonesia, Dr Dave McRae speaks to Dr Jeff Neilson, who is exploring the relevance of “a Wallacean worldview” for the study of sustainable livelihoods.

What accounts for the sympathetic and supportive Indonesian response Rohingya asylum seekers received on their arrival in Aceh in May, and how have they fared since? Dr Dave McRae explores these issues and more with Dr Antje Missbach in the final Talking Indonesia podcast for 2015.

Indonesian voters will head to the ballot box on Wednesday to elect governors and mayors in nine provinces and 260 districts. Dr Dave McRae and Diane Zhang take a close look at past election results to examine the extent to which incumbency provides candidates with an edge.

On 9 December, about half of Indonesia will return to the polls to elect 260 district leaders and nine governors. How important are these local elections? And will recent reforms aimed at improving their quality be effective? Dr Dave McRae explores these issues with Titi Anggraini, director of the Association for Elections and Democracy (Perludem).

What mental health issues does Indonesia face, and are the drivers similar to other countries? What treatment options are available, and does stigma affect access to treatment? Dr Dave McRae explores these issues with Dr Diana Setiyawati, the director of the Centre for Public Mental Health at Gadjah Mada University, in the latest Talking Indonesia podcast.

What is resource nationalism, what is driving its emergence in Indonesia, and what does it mean for the country? Dr Dave McRae explores these issues with PhD candidate Eve Warburton in the latest Talking Indonesia podcast.

Next Tuesday will mark one year since President Joko Widodo assumed office. What have we learned about him as a leader during his first year in power? Dr Dave McRae explores this issue and more with PhD candidate Wawan Mas’udi in Talking Indonesia.