The Faculty of Arts Indonesia Initiative is a visiting scholar program which aims to further enhance teaching and research relationships with colleagues in Indonesia. The initiative, led by Associate Professor Kate McGregor, Dr Edwin Jurriens and Professor Thomas Reuter will fund three to four visiting scholars per year from Indonesian universities and will provide opportunities for increased engagement. The initiative commenced in 2014.


Every year a call for nominations of visiting scholars by current University of Melbourne staff will be made across the Faculty of Arts. The nomination deadline will be set some time in July or August. The Indonesia Initiative welcomes proposals for Indonesia scholars with strong research profiles based at an Indonesian university to visit the Faculty of Arts for three weeks during teaching time.

For all inquiries please email Associate Professor Kate McGregor.

Indonesia Initiative visitors 2023

Dr Randy Wirasta Nandyatama

Randy Wirasta Nandyatama
Dr Randy Wirasta Nandyatama

Dr Randy Wirasta Nandyatama is a Lecturer at the Department of International Relations at Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) in Yogyakarta. He received his PhD in 2019 from the School of Social and Political Sciences (SSPS), Faculty of Arts, The University of Melbourne. His research examines the institutionalisation of human rights, focusing on the role of civil society organisations in this process and the context of Indonesia’s role in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). His expertise in this field is reflected in the fact that between 2013-2015, Dr Nandyatama was the director of the ASEAN Studies Centre at UGM. He is currently the secretary of the Department of International Relations and the head of the Academic Innovation Unit, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Gadjah Mada University.

Dr Randy Wirasta Nandyatama will be hosted by Professor Andrew Rosser and Dr Ken Setiawan from Asia Institute, and Associate Professor Kate Macdonald from the School of Social and Political Sciences. He will visit the University of Melbourne from 18 to 31 August 2023.

During his visit, he will deliver:

Dr Diatyka Widya Permata Yasih

Diatyka Yasih
Dr Diatyka Widya Permata Yasih

Dr Diatyka Widya Permata Yasih is a faculty member of the Department of Sociology and Deputy Director for Academic Affairs at Asia Research Centre, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Universitas Indonesia. She is also the editor-in-chief of MASYARAKAT, Jurnal Sosiologi, published by LabSosio, Centre for Sociological Studies. Her research activities are centred around the increasing precarity in work and life under neoliberal pressures and its link to social and political developments in contemporary Southeast Asia. Her recent publications include ‘Normalizing and Resisting the New Precarity: A Case Study of The Indonesian Gig Economy’ (published in 2022 in Critical Sociology) and Precarity and Islamism in Indonesia: The Contradictions of Neoliberalism’ (co-authored with Vedi R. Hadiz, published in 2022, in Critical Asian Studies)

Dr Diatyka Widya Permata Yasih will be hosted by Professor Vedi Hadiz from the Asia Institute. She will visit the University from 28 July to 21 August 2023.

During her visit, she will deliver:

  • Research seminar on ‘Precarious Workers in the Gig Economy: Neoliberalism and Its Discontent in Indonesia’. This event will be held on Wednesday 9 August, 1-2pm, Room 321, Level 3, Asia Institute. The registration link is here
  • Guest lectures in subjects under the Asian and/or Indonesian Studies Programmes in the Asia Institute (TBA)
  • Forum for Asia Institute postgraduate students on her ongoing research project, conducted in collaboration with Professor Vedi Hadiz, on the topics of precarity, identity politics and Islamism.
  • Research collaboration with Professor Vedi Hadiz and Dr Ken Setiawan

Dr Fina Itriyati

Fina Itriyati
Dr Fina Itriyati

Dr Fina Itriyati is the Deputy/Vice Dean for Research, Community Service, Cooperation and Alumni in the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences (FISIPOL) at Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM). She is also a Lecturer in Sociology and has her PhD in Anthropology from the Australian National University.  Dr Itryati has significant research experience related to inclusion, especially of women and people with disabilities, and governance and evaluation. Her research interests include gender and social inclusion in Indonesia; the intersection between disasters, disability, and development; and feminist methodologies in ethnography. Dr Itriyati has also built strong relationships with various government agencies in Indonesia, including her consulting role for developing community services programs for inclusive villages with the Ministry of Villages. She is currently the Project Leader of a social impact evaluation of micro- and ultra-micro credit for women’s empowerment in Indonesia (with Permodalan Nasional Madani) and the Project Leader investigating the Indonesian old age security system in collaboration with the National Social Security Agency for Employment (BPJamsostek).

Dr Fina Itriyati will be hosted by Associate Professor Rachael Diprose from the School of Social and Political Sciences (SSPS). Her visit to the University is TBC.

During her visit, she will deliver the following:

  • A joint Faculty-Indonesia Forum public lecture on Trends in Gender Studies and Related Research in Indonesian Universities: Examining Curricula Development in Sociological Study Programs in Indonesia
  • A seminar for the Indonesia Postgraduate Network (IPN) on Women and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) in Post-Pandemic Indonesia
  • Guest lectures in subjects under the Faculty of Arts Gender Studies program, in Analysing Indonesia and Indonesian 1 under the Asia Institute, in Development Research Design and Assessment, the Sociology/Social Policy Masters, and other programs as desired
  • Participation in a research workshop led by A/Prof Rachael Diprose and Dr Ken Setiawan on Building Durable Responses to Gender Inequality in Indonesia

Previous visitors

The initiative commenced in 2014. Previous visitors have included:

  • Dr Ignatius Praptoraharjo (Gambit), Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM)
  • Dr Helly Minarti, Sanata Dharma University
  • Dr Oki Rahadianto Sutopo, Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM)
  • Dr Diah Kusumaningrum, Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM)
  • Dr Vishnu Juwono, Universitas Indonesia (FIA UI)
  • Dr Amalinda Savirani, Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM)
  • Dr Wawan Masudi, Universitas Gadjah Mada
  • Dr Pudentia Maria Purenti Sri Sunarti, University of Indonesia
  • Dr Gea O.F. Parikesit, Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM)
  • Mr Solahuddin, University of Indonesia
  • Dr Manneke Budiman, University of Indonesia
  • Dr Evi Fitriani, University of Indonesia
  • Dr Abdul Wahid, Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM)
  • Dr Budi Hernawan, University of Indonesia
  • Professor Melani Budianta, University of Indonesia
  • Professor Bambang Purwanto, Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM)
  • Dr Dewi Jayanti, Udayana University
  • Dr Eka Srimulyani, State Institute for Islamic Studies, Banda Aceh
  • Dr Najib Azca, Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM)
  • Nyoman Darma Putra, Udayana University
  • Dr Agung Hujatnika, Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB)
  • Dr Herlambang P. Wiratraman, Airlangga University
  • Dr Inaya Rakhmani, University of Indonesia
  • Dr Poppy S. Winanti, Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM)

Some of the outcomes so far of the initiative include a new in country intensive subject taught by Asia Institute staff at Udayana University to a mixed class of Australian and Indonesian students and ongoing teaching and research collaborations with staff at Gajah Mada University and the University of Indonesia.