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 benefited 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).

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, The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus, and Perspectives on Global Development and TechnologyFor a complete list of my work please click over to my page.

Working Papers and Ongoing Projects
“Navigating Qualitative Fieldwork: A Methodological Reflection” (under review)
“Making Sense of Participatory Development (with Stephen Kosack, Megan Cogburn, Xie Kankan, and M. Yunus Rafiq, supported by the T4D initiative).
“Local Elite Turnover in Post-Authoritarian Indonesia” (with Michael Buehler)


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