Rubber plantation

Rubber plantation in Lembah Duri, North Bengkulu, Bengkulu (personal collection)

Peasants and Activists in Contemporary Indonesia: Between Countermovement and Market Accommodation (Book project)

I am writing a book on how organized peasants and agrarian activists respond to agrarian change in contemporary Indonesia and their different strategies using both national and local case studies from six districts – Bengkulu Utara, Serang, Ciamis, Banyumas, Bulukumba, and Bantaeng.

The major phase of this project (mid-2015 to mid-2019) was financially supported by NIU Political Science Department’s Russell Smith Scholarship, Transparency for Development (T4D) Predoctoral Fellowship from Ash Center at Harvard Kennedy School and Results from Development Institute, the University of Sydney’s Southeast Asia Centre Visiting PhD Fund ENITAS Scholarship from the Institute of Thai Studies at Chulalongkorn University, the Graduate School Dissertation Completion Fellowship at NIU, Asia Culture Center’s Research Fellowship, and New Mandala Indonesia Correspondent Fellowship. This research also benefitted from the institutional support of LP3ES’s Visiting Research Fellowship .

Currently, this project receives financial support from JSPS’s Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (Kakenhi).

A book chapter deriving from this research, “Movements for Land Rights in Democratic Indonesia,” is published in Activists in Transition: Progressive Politics in Democratic Indonesia (edited by Thushara Dibley and Michele Ford, Cornell University Press).

Making Sense of Participatory Development (Book project with Stephen Kosack, Megan Cogburn, Xie Kankan, and M. Yunus Rafiq, in submission)

This book project analyzes how ordinary community members experience and understand developmental efforts to promote greater transparency and better governance in maternal and neonatal healthcare based on ethnographic case studies of eight villages in Indonesia and Tanzania.

This project was also supported by the T4D initiative.

Published Works
My works on social movements, political Islam, people’s history, Indonesian politics, and theoretical reflection on Southeast Asian Studies have been published in venues such as Indonesia, Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs, Asian Labour Review, Perspectives on Global Development and Technology, and Jurnal Kajian Wilayah. For a complete list of my work please click over to my page.

Working Papers and Ongoing Projects
“Quality Backsliding and Illiberal Turn in Indonesian Democracy”
(revise and resubmit to The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus)
“Navigating Qualitative Fieldwork: A Methodological Reflection” (in submission)
“Local Elite Turnover in Post-Authoritarian Indonesia” (with Michael Buehler)


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