Talking Indonesia: environmental politics

Indonesia’s environmental challenges are vast, and the impacts of forest degradation, in particular, have implications globally as well as locally. For many years, environmental groups and academics have worked at all levels – international, national and local – to raise awareness, empower local communities and lobby governments. The search for solutions involves negotiating a complex web of cultural, geographic, economic and structural political forces.


How is Indonesia balancing its environmental challenges with its economic interests? What are the roles of government, business and civil society? How has the Joko Widodo government responded? Dr Jemma Purdey explores these issues with Professor Suraya Affif, from the Department of Anthropology at the University of Indonesia. Dr Afiff is currently an Asia Scholar in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne.


In 2018, the Talking Indonesia podcast is co-hosted by Dr Jemma Purdey from Monash University,  Dr Dave McRae from the University of Melbourne’s Asia Institute, Dr Charlotte Setijadi from the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute in Singapore and Dr Dirk Tomsa from La Trobe University.


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Photo by Suraya Affif.


Dr Jemma Purdey is Research Fellow at Monash University in the Faculty of Arts and the Australia Indonesia Centre. She is the author of Anti-Chinese Violence in Indonesia 1996-1999, published by NUS Press.