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Rafiqa is a lecturer at the Faculty of Law at the University of Indonesia.
Irfan Abubakar is the director of the Centre for the Study of Religion and Culture at Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University (UIN) in Jakarta.
Amanda Achmadi is a lecturer in Architectural Design (Asian Architecture and Urbanism) at the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning of the University of Melbourne and the deputy convenor of the Indonesia Forum (2015).
Dr Dina Afrianty is an associate of the Centre for Indonesian Law, Islam and Society. She received her PhD from the University of Melbourne in 2011. She is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Institute for Religion, Politics and Society at the Australian Catholic University, Melbourne and a fellow for Gender, Religion and Law in Muslim Societies, at the Centre for Social Difference, Columbia University
Andi Rahman Alamsyah is a lecturer at the Department of Sociology, University of Indonesia. His research focuses on Islamic social movements and social change.
Ihsan Ali Fauzi is director of the Centre for the Study of Religion and Democracy (PUSAD) Paramadina and a lecturer at Paramadina Graduate School.
Yati Andriyani is a human rights lawyer with the Commission for the Disappeared and Victims of Violence (KontraS) and a council member of the Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances (AFAD).
Titi Anggraini is the executive director of the Association for Elections and Democracy (Perludem)
Iqra Anugrah is a PhD candidate in political science and Southeast Asian studies at Northern Illinois University and a visiting research fellow at the Jakarta-based Institute for Economic and Social Research, Education, and Information (LP3ES). He is also an editor for IndoPROGRESS, an online journal connecting progressive scholars and activists in Indonesia. His work has been published in the Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs, Indonesia (Cornell University Press), and New Asia Books/IIAS Newsletter.
Dewi Fortuna Anwar is a leading analyst on Indonesia’s foreign policy and democratisation, as well as on ASEAN and regional political and security issues. She currently serves as deputy for government policy support in the Secretariat of the Vice President and research professor at the Centre for Politics, Indonesian Institute of Sciences (P2P-LIPI). She has held numerous senior positions, including assistant minister/state secretary for foreign affairs and deputy secretary for political affairs during President BJ Habibie’s administration.
Rifqi Assegaf is a PhD candidate in the Melbourne Law School. He has previously served as assistant to the head of the Presidential Working Unit on the Supervision and Oversight of Development (UKP4), as head of research in the Judicial Mafia Task Force, and as director of the Indonesian Institute for an Independent Judiciary (LeIP).
Muhammad Tanziel Aziezi (Azhe) is a researcher at the Indonesian Institute for an Independent Judiciary (LeIP). Azhe also regularly writes on legal issues on his personal blog, www.kanggurumalas.com.
Adriany Badrah is the director of the Celebes Institute and teaches sociology at Tadulako University (Untad) in Palu.
Dr Linda Rae Bennett is a medical anthropologist who has worked on gender, sexuality, and reproductive and sexual health and rights in Indonesia for the past 20 years, her most recent book Sex and Sexualities in Contemporary Indonesia won the 2015 Ruth Benedict Prize from the AQA for Outstanding Edited volume.
Tim Brickell is a postdoctoral fellow in the School of Languages and Linguistics at the University of Melbourne. He has been undertaking documentary and descriptive linguistic research in North Sulawesi since 2011. His current project is funded by the Endangered Languages Documentation Programme (ELDP) at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.
Helen Brown is a senior journalist with ABC News. She was Indonesia correspondent for the Australia Network from 2010-2014.
Adjunct Professor, Griffith Asia Institute, Griffith University
Manneke Budiman is a visiting scholar at the University of Melbourne with the Indonesia Initiative program. He teaches literature and cultural studies in the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Indonesia.
Matthew Busch is a PhD candidate at Melbourne Law School, where his research focuses on the Indonesian state and political economy of economic management. Matthew lived in Jakarta from 2009-2014 and worked as a consultant focused on regulatory and political risk. Matthew holds a BA, cum laude, in economics from Harvard College.
Associate Professor Simon Butt is a senior associate of the Centre for Indonesian Law, Islam and Society. He is also an ARC Australian postdoctoral research fellow and associate director for the Centre for Asian and Pacific Law at The University of Sydney.
Dr Richard Chauvel is an honorary fellow at the Asia Institute at the University of Melbourne.
Joost Coté is Senior Research Fellow (History) in the School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies at Monash University. He is the editor and translator of Kartini: The Complete Writings 1898-1904.
Dr Melissa Crouch is a Lecturer in the Law Faculty, at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. She is an Associate of the Centre for Indonesian Law and Islam at the University of Melbourne. Her most recent publication is an edited volume on Islam and the State in Myanmar: Muslim-Buddhist Relations and the Politics of Belonging.
Rachael Diprose is a lecturer in development studies at the School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Melbourne. She also convenes the School's Conflict, Development and Justice Research Cluster.
Associate Professor Greg Fealy is the head of the Department of Political and Social Change at The Australian National University and a specialist on Islamic politics in Indonesia. He is a senior associate of the Centre for Indonesian Law, Islam and Society (CILIS).
Dr Stewart Fenwick is the author of ‘Blasphemy, Islam and the State: Pluralism and Liberalism in Indonesia’, published by Routledge in 2017. He is an honorary professor at Australian Catholic University and Senior Associate at the Centre for Indonesian Law Islam and Society at Melbourne Law School.
Professor Ross Garnaut AO is a professorial research fellow in Economics at the University of Melbourne
Ricky Gunawan is a human rights lawyer and Director of LBH Masyarakat (Community Legal Aid Institute). LBH Masyarakat is a frontline human rights organisation that provide free legal services for people facing the death penalty or execution.
Vedi Hadiz is Professor of Asian Studies at the Asia Institute, University of Melbourne. His latest book is Islamic Populism in Indonesia and the Middle East (Cambridge University Press, 2016).
Luqman is a PhD candidate at the Asia Institute, the University of Melbourne. His doctoral research focuses on Islamism and the state in Indonesia. In Indonesia, Luqman is a lecturer at the Department of International Relations, Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta.
Andreas Harsono is Indonesia researcher at Human Rights Watch. He helped establish media freedom groups including the Alliance of Independent Journalists (1994), Institute for the Study of the Free Flow of Information (1995), the Pantau Foundation (2003), and the Bangkok-based South East Asia Press Alliance (1998).
Ismail Hasani is research director at the Setara Institute for Democracy and Peace. He is also a lecturer at Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University (UIN) Jakarta.
Lecturer, Indonesian Studies
Dr Vannessa Hearman is a Lecturer in Indonesian Studies at the University of Sydney.
Dr Budi Hernawan is an anthropologist and research fellow at the Abdurrahman Wahid Centre for Interfaith and Peace, University of Indonesia (UI) and a lecturer at the Graduate School of Paramadina University.
Professor Ariel Heryanto FAHA is the incoming Herb Feith Professor for the Study of Indonesia, Monash University. He is the author of Identity and Pleasure: The Politics of Indonesian Screen Culture, Singapore: NUS Press (2014).
Nurkholis Hidayat is a master of laws student at the University of Melbourne. He is an Indonesian human rights lawyer and previously served as a director of the Jakarta Legal Aid Institute (LBH Jakarta), and national advisor for legal aid and criminal justice for the Australia Indonesia Partnership for Justice (AIPJ).
Dr Krishna Hort is senior technical advisor for health systems governance and finance at the Nossal Institute for Global Health, University of Melbourne. He has worked in health assistance programs in South and Southeast Asia for more than 25 years, including 20 years of periodic work in Indonesia.
Nadirsyah Hosen is a senior lecturer at the Faculty of Law at Monash University and the chair of the advisory board for the Australia-New Zealand branch of Nahdlatul Ulama. He is an associate of the Centre for Indonesian Law, Islam and Society at the Melbourne Law School.
Denny Indrayana is the former deputy minister of justice and human rights of the Republic of Indonesia and an internationally-recognised anti-corruption campaigner. Denny is a senior associate of the Centre for Indonesian Law, Islam and Society. He received his PhD from Melbourne Law School in 2005.
Fahmi Ismail is a Masters of Global Media Communication student at the University of Melbourne and Indonesian strategic political communication analyst.
Edwin Jurriëns is a lecturer in Indonesian Studies and convenor of Asian Studies at the Asia Institute, The University of Melbourne. He can be contacted at: edwin.jurriens@unimelb.edu.au.
Elly Kent is a writer, artist and translator who specialises in contemporary Indonesian art. She has recently been awarded a doctorate from the Australian National University (ANU).
Josi Khatarina is a PhD student at the Melbourne Law School working on environmental law and governance. She is also a senior researcher at the Indonesian Centre for Environmental Law (ICEL). She previously served as senior legal counsel in the Indonesian REDD+ Agency and as an assistant in the Judicial Mafia Task Force.
Nanang Indra Kurniawan is a PhD candidate at the Asia Institute at the University of Melbourne. His research focuses on participatory mapping of customary land in Central Kalimantan.
Dr Airlangga Pribadi Kusman is a lecturer in the School of Social and Political Sciences at Airlangga University in Surabaya. He holds a PhD from the Asian Studies Centre at Murdoch University.
Tim Lindsey is Malcolm Smith Professor of Asian Law and Director of the Centre for Indonesian Law, Islam and Society at the University of Melbourne.
Hannah Loney is a final year PhD candidate in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at the University of Melbourne. Her research explores women, violence and everyday life during the Indonesian invasion and occupation of East Timor (1975-99).
Al Makin is a lecturer in the sociology of religion at Sunan Kalijaga State Islamic University (UIN) in Yogyakarta.
Tim Mann is the editor of Indonesia at Melbourne
Andrew Wiguna Mantong is a researcher at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Jakarta. He also teaches at the Department of International Relations at the University of Indonesia.
Lies Marcoes is a women's rights activist, writer and researcher and the director of Rumah Kita Bersama Foundation. Lies holds a master's in anthropology from the University of Amsterdam. She lives in Bogor.
Lecturer in Politics, Airlangga Unversity, Surabaya.
Ucu Martanto is a lecturer in the Department of Politics at Airlangga University in Surabaya, Indonesia.
ARC Future Fellow University of Melbourne
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.
Jess Melvin (jmelvin@unimelb.edu.au) completed her PhD, "Mechanics of Mass Murder: How the Indonesian Military Initiated and Implemented the Indonesian Genocide: The Case of Aceh," at the University of Melbourne in 2014.
Dr Antje Missbach is an associate of the Centre for Indonesian Law, Islam and Society and a research fellow at the school of social sciences at Monash University.
Kristi Monfries is an Australian/Indonesian curator, arts manager and producer with a specific interest in cross-disciplinary artistic practice. She has been working from Indonesia since 2009 and is based in Yogyakarta.
Abdil Mughis Mudhoffir is a PhD candidate at the Asia Institute, University of Melbourne.
Salut Muhidin is a senior lecturer in demography at the Faculty of Business and Economics, Macquarie University. He has worked on the study of population dynamics, including migration, urbanisation and health, in Indonesia, Ghana, Burkina Faso and Australia.
Burhanuddin Muhtadi is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political and Social Change at the Australian National University (ANU) and a lecturer at Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University (UIN). He is also an executive director of Indikator Politik Indonesia. He has published his work in the Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies (BIES), Asian Journal of Social Sciences, and the Graduate Journal of Asia-Pacific Studies.
Raynov Tumorang Pamintori is a research fellow at Reprieve. Reprieve is a London-based international legal charity that provides free legal support to some of the world’s most vulnerable people, including those who are facing the death penalty and execution.
Daniel Pascoe is an assistant professor at the School of Law, City University of Hong Kong
Deputy Director, Centre for Indonesian Law, Islam and Society
Helen Pausacker is the deputy director of the Centre for Indonesian Law, Islam and Society and an editor of the Australian Journal of Asian Law. She received her PhD from the Melbourne Law School in 2013.
Dicky Pelupessy is a PhD candidate at Victoria University's College of Arts and a graduate researcher at its Community, Identity, and Displacement Research Network (CIDRN). His doctoral research focuses on relocated communities. He is also a social psychology lecturer at the Faculty of Psychology, University of Indonesia.
Kanti Pertiwi is a PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne. She is also a lecturer in management at the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Indonesia and previously worked for the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK). Her dissertation is titled: “'But that’s not corruption': An interpretive approach to business-government relations to corruption in Indonesia". She can be reached at kanti.pertiwi@ui.ac.id.
Daniel is completing his PhD in legal Islamisation at the Institute for Religion, Politics and Society at Australian Catholic University. He also interprets and summarises Southeast Asian Islamic legal sources for SHARIAsource, a shari'a database initiative of the Harvard Law School's Islamic Legal Studies Program. He is an associate of the Centre for Indonesian Law, Islam and Society (CILIS) at the University of Melbourne.
Lecturer in International Relations, University of Melbourne
Dr Avery Poole is a Lecturer in International Relations in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne
Houtmand P Saragih is a managing editor at Indonesia Finance Today and a gemstone enthusiast.
Dr Jemma Purdey is a Research Fellow at Monash University and Deakin University
Christian Donny Putranto has recently completed a Master of Laws (Human Rights) at the Melbourne Law School, the University of Melbourne, as an Australian Awards Scholar. He previously worked at the UNHCR Indonesia and the International Committee of the Red Cross in Indonesia.
Mark Quigley is associate professor of earthquake science in the School of Earth Sciences at the University of Melbourne.
Belinda Raintung is a PhD candidate at the Nossal Institute for Global Health in the School of Population and Global Health at the University of Melbourne. She is currently based at the Centre for Reproductive Health at Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta. Belinda’s doctoral research explores the experiences of urban middle class women in Yogyakarta who have recently given birth in relation to family planning, breastfeeding and juggling their return to work with parenting.
Inaya Rakhmani is a lecturer at the Department of Communications, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, University of Indonesia and the head of its Communication Research Centre. She is an associate at the Asia Research Centre, Murdoch University, and a member of the Indonesian Young Academy of Sciences (ALMI).
Future Fellow, Asia Institute
Professor Thomas Reuter is a Future Fellow of the Australian Research Council at the Asia Institute, University of Melbourne
Bhatara Ibnu Reza is a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Law at the University of New South Wales, researching civilian involvement in state defence. Bhatara is also a senior researcher at Imparsial, the Indonesian Human Rights Monitor.
Dr Robertus Robet (@Republik_Baru) is the head of sociology at the State University of Jakarta (UNJ).
Richard Robison has written widely on the political economy of Indonesia and is Emeritus Professor at Murdoch University's Asia Research Centre.
Anna Rowe is a Master of Urban Planning student at the University of Melbourne.
Agus Salim is a PhD candidate at the Asia Institute in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne. His research is on Islam and identity politics in Indonesia’s foreign policy.
Awidya Santikajaya is PhD candidate at Australian National University. His PhD research concentrates on comparative foreign policies of non-BRIC emerging powers, using Indonesia, South Africa and Turkey as case studies. His study is funded by the World Bank-Government of Indonesia’s SPIRIT scholarship. He holds a master of international relations from The Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor degree in economics from University of Indonesia.
Dr Ken Setiawan is a McKenzie Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Melbourne's Asia Institute.
Charlotte Setijadi is visiting research fellow in the Indonesia Studies program of the Regional Social and Cultural Studies cluster at ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, Singapore.
Gaston Soehadi holds a PhD in film studies from the School of Media, Film and Journalism at Monash University.
Nathanael Gratias Sumaktoyo is a PhD candidate in political science at the University of Notre Dame, USA. He previously studied computer science, social psychology, and statistics, and is interested in voting behavior, political psychology, religion and politics, experimental methods, and causal inference.
Bivitri Susanti is a lecturer at the Jentera School of Law and a researcher with the Indonesian Center for Law and Policy Studies (PSHK).
Wahyu Susilo is the executive director of Migrant Care, a nongovernmental organisation that advocates for migrant workers' rights.
Ayu Swandewi is a lecturer and researcher at Udayana University, Bali, and senior project manager at the Bali Tobacco Control Initiative (BTCI). Ayu graduated with a Master of Public Health from the University of Melbourne in 2008.
Imang Jasmine (Imam Syafrudien As) is a freelance photographer based in Jakarta.
Ahmad Syarif is an analyst with Bowergroup Asia. He holds a master's degree from the University of Birmingham, where he wrote his thesis on the rise of hadrami religious authority in Palembang, South Sumatra.
Hal Tilemann is an Australian lawyer who recently spent a year in Indonesia, where he undertook intensive language training and worked on criminal law reform matters.
Dirk Tomsa is a senior lecturer in the Department of Politics and Philosophy at La Trobe University
Adnan Topan Husodo is the coordinator of Indonesia Corruption Watch. He holds a Master of Development Studies from the University of Melbourne.
Tessa Toumbourou works on environmental governance issues in Indonesia and is an academic tutor at the University of Melbourne. She holds a Master of Environment (Governance, Policy and Communication stream) from the University.
Gerry van Klinken is senior researcher at KITLV, Leiden, the Netherlands. He edited In Search of Middle Indonesia: Middle Classes in Provincial Towns (with Ward Berenschot, Brill, 2014) and wrote The Making of Middle Indonesia: Middle Classes in Kupang town, 1930s-1980s (Brill, 2014). Both are available through open access download.
Matthew Wai-Poi is a senior economist with the World Bank in Jakarta, where he leads the analytical work program on poverty and inequality.
Kate Walton is a Jakarta-based development worker and activist.
Ian Wilson is a lecturer in politics and international studies and a research fellow at the Asia Research Centre, Murdoch University. He is the author of The Politics of Protection Rackets in Post-New Order Indonesia: Coercive Capital, Authority and Street Politics, published by Routledge in 2015.
Amy Wu is a Master of Urban Planning student at the University of Melbourne.
Hipolitus Yolisandry Ringgi Wangge is a researcher at the Marthinus Academy in Jakarta. His current research focuses on democratisation in developing countries, particularly the role of crucial actors such as the military during democratic transition and consolidation. He has conducted fieldwork in West Papua on the role of Papuan youth in political and cultural identity during the special autonomy era.
Dr Lily Yulianti Farid is an Indonesian journalist, communication specialist, and researcher, and is the founder and director of the Makassar International Writers Festival. She completed her PhD at the School of Social and Political Science, University of Melbourne, in 2015.
Hani Yulindrasari is a PhD candidate at the School of Social and Political Science, Faculty of Arts, the University of Melbourne. Her research is on masculinity in Indonesian politics.
Hendri Yulius is a researcher and writer. He is the author of a number of books, including Coming Out, now available at Gramedia. He holds a master's degree from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore.
Diane Zhang is a Melbourne-based economist who researches the use of data and information in policy formulation. She has over 15 years of experience working in public policy in Australia, Indonesia and China. In 2004-2010, she lived and worked in Indonesia, consulting for the World Bank, DFAT, United Nations and GTZ.