Dave McRae

Dave McRae is a Senior Lecturer 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.

How has Covid-19 affected Indonesia’s national health insurance scheme (JKN)? Dr Dave McRae discusses issues of access and quality with Professor Laksono Trisnantoro in the latest Policy in Focus episode of Talking Indonesia.

Has the military’s role in countering the pandemic altered the balance of civil-military relations? Dr Dave McRae explores this issue and more with Dr Evan Laksmana in Talking Indonesia.

The #BlackLivesMatter protests have thrown a spotlight on racism towards Papuans in Indonesia. In this weeks Talking Indonesia podcast, Dr Dave McRae chats to Ligia Giay about the drivers and impacts of racism against Papuans.

What impact has the Covid-19 pandemic had on mental health in Indonesia? In a special ‘Policy in Focus’ episode of Talking Indonesia, Dr Dave McRae speaks to Dr Wayan Suriastini about a recent survey on anxiety and depression during the Covid-19 crisis.

How are informal sector workers coping during the Covid-19 crisis, and what is the Indonesian government doing to assist them? Dr Dave McRae chats to Joanna Octavia in a special ‘Policy in Focus’ episode of Talking Indonesia.

What considerations have informed the government’s response to Covid-19? What challenges does it face, and does the crisis threaten the government’s legitimacy? Dr Dave McRae chats to President Joko Widodo’s former deputy chief of staff Dr Yanuar Nugroho in Talking Indonesia.

Critics of the gig economy say it erodes workers’ rights and makes work more precarious. How do these dynamics play out in Indonesia, where a large portion of the workforce is already in insecure and informal work? Dr Dave McRae speaks to Diatyka Widya Permata Yasih in the latest episode of Talking Indonesia.

What do the recent tensions between China and Indonesia north of the Natuna Islands tell us about the implications of China’s rise for Indonesia? Dr Dave McRae chats to Emirza Adi Syailendra in the first episode of Talking Indonesia for 2020.

What forms of activism do the urban poor engage in? How has the government responded to their activism? Dr Dave McRae chats to Dr Ian Wilson about these issues and more in the latest episode of Talking Indonesia.

How did Jokowi go from being a strong supporter of the KPK to playing a major role in limiting its independence? Dr Dave McRae chats to KPK Commissioner Dr Laode Muhammad Syarif in the latest episode of Talking Indonesia.

How will Indonesia change as the digital economy expands? And what role will government and the private sector play in this transformation? Dr Dave McRae chats to Putri Alam from Google Indonesia in Talking Indonesia.

What social changes are occurring along with improved levels of education and life expectancy among young Indonesians? Dr Dave McRae chats to Dr Ariane Utomo in the latest episode of Talking Indonesia.