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 2019

Dr Oki Rahadianto Sutopo

Dr Oki Rahadianto Sutopo
Dr Oki Rahadianto Sutopo

Dr Oki Rahadianto Sutopo is a lecturer in the Department of Sociology, within the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences at the Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM), Yogyakarta. At UGM, he also holds the position of Executive Director of the Youth Studies Centre (YouSure). Oki earned his degrees from Universitas Gadjah Mada (BA in Sociology), Universitas Indonesia (M.Si in Sociology) and the University of Newcastle, Australia (PhD in Sociology). Oki’s main research interests include youth studies, youth transition, youth culture, and generations. He has published articles in the Journal of Youth Studies, Sociological Research Online, Crime Media Culture: an International Journal, and Asian Music. He is also Editor in Chief of Jurnal Studi Pemuda (Indonesian Journal of Youth Studies). Dr Sutopo will be hosted by Associate Professor Dan Woodman from the School of Social and Political Sciences. He will visit the University of Melbourne for three weeks from 23 March - 14 April 2019.

During his visit, he will deliver:

  • Sociology salon "Understanding young people in contemporary Indonesia" 3.30-5pm Monday 8 April Linkway John Medley (Building 191)
  • Collaboration on writing a book chapter 25 March - 12 April
  • Research collaboration on youth and generation in Indonesia

Dr Diah Kusumaningrum

Dr Diah Kusumaningrum
Dr Diah Kusumaningrum

Dr Diah Kusumaningrum teaches at the Department of International Relations (DIHI) and the Masters Program in Peace and Conflict Studies (MPRK), Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM). Among her classes are Introduction to Peace Studies, Nonviolence Studies, Ethnic Conflict, Global Social Movements, Philosophy of Conflict Resolution, and Violence in World Politics. With her colleagues, she created Damai Pangkal Damai, the first ever database on nonviolent actions in Indonesia (1999-present). Her current research projects include "Sites of Peace, Sites of Violence" (with Professor Jennifer Balint and Dr Nesam Mcmillan from University of Melbourne) and "Screening Violence" (with Dr Simon Philpott from Newcastle University). Diah wrote an MA thesis on the use on nonviolence in various power relation settings (University of Bradford, 2005) and a doctoral dissertation on interdependence as the path to reconciliation in Maluku (Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, 2015).

Dr Kusumaningrum will be hosted by Associate Professor Jennifer Balint and Dr Nesam McMillan from Criminology/ School of Social and Political Sciences. She will visit the University of Melbourne for three weeks from 20 April to 10 May 2019.

During her visit, she will deliver:

  • Writing and collaboration workshops on joint UGM-UOM 'Sites of Violence, Sites of Peace' project (23, 24, 26 April)
  • 3 lectures for undergraduate subject, Law, Justice and Social Change (SOLS20001) on 'Social Change beyond Law' (30 April)
  • Evening public seminar, 'Sites of Violence, Sites of Peace' (2 May)
  • PhD seminar on community engaged research (6 May)
  • Asia Institute teaching (3/9 May)

Dr Vishnu Juwono

Dr Vishnu Juwono
Dr Vishnu Juwono

Dr Vishnu Juwono is an Assistant Professor (Lektor) in Public Administration and a researcher both in Collaborative Governance and Dynamic Public Service (CG-DPS) and Politics of Taxation, Welfare and National Resilience (PolTax) research cluster at the Faculty of Administrative Science at Universitas Indonesia (FIA UI). He has been a Coordinator for International Cooperation in FIA UI since July 2017.

He obtained his Doctoral of Philosophy degree (PhD) from the London School of Economics and Political Sciences (LSE). Before joining UI, he has extensive work experience in private and international organisations, including as Governance Consultant in the World Bank Office Jakarta and was working for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in the US.

He has written numerous articles that were published in various leading national newspapers such as: Kompas, Seputar Indonesia and Tempo. He has authored and co-authored six books, including Curbing Corruption in Indonesia, 2004-2006: A Survey of National Approaches (2006) and his latest book is Melawan Korupsi: Sejarah Pemberantasan Kourpsi di Indonesia 1945 - 2014 [Against Corruption: The History of Anti-Corruption in Indonesia 1945 - 2014] (2018). His academic articles were published in the International Journal of Administrative Science and Organisation and Journal Global.

Dr Juwono will be hosted by Dr Scott Brenton from the School of Social and Political Sciences. He will visit the University of Melbourne for three weeks from 18 May - 2 June 2019.

During his visit, he will deliver:

  • A guest lecture in the subject 'Corruption in Asia' (23 May)
  • A research seminar on Patterns of Corruption in Regional Government in Indonesia from 2pm to 3pm in the Asia Institute’s seminar room (23 May)
  • Insights as part of the Master of Public Policy and Management's capstone subject on Executive Leadership and Management (24 May)
  • A research seminar and masterclass on the History of Governance and Anti Corruption in Indonesia from 11am to 1pm in Arts West North Wing room 161 (29 May)
  • Final plans for the new dual Masters degree between Universitas Indonesia's Faculty of Administrative Science and the University of Melbourne’s Public Policy and Management program

Dr Amalinda Savirani

Amalinda Savirani
Dr Amalinda Savirani

Amalinda Savirani is associate professor at Department of Politics and Government, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia. Currently, she is also head of the department. Her research interest is on social movement among grassroots community such as urban poor (housing rights), and labor politics. In particular, she is interested on how they channel their aspirations to democratic institution. She was a visiting fellow at Department of Politics and Social Change, Australian National University, Australia (2017-2018). Her recent publication is "Adversarial Linkage: The Urban Poor and Electoral Politics in Jakarta," in Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs, 36, 3, 3-34 (co-author with Edward Aspinall, 2018), "Juggling while claiming rights: Urban poor community claiming rights in North Jakarta," in Stokke, K. and Hiariej, E. (eds.,) Popular Citizenship in Indonesia (2017), and together with Olle Törnquist, she edited a book titled Reclaiming the state: overcoming problems of democracy in post-Soeharto Indonesia (2015). She is also a contributor in "New Mandala", and "Inside Indonesia"

Dr Savirani will be hosted by Dr Rachael Diprose, from the School of Social and Political Sciences. She will visit the University of Melbourne for three weeks from 9-27 September 2019.

During her visit she will deliver:

  • Seminar on "Politics of Reclamation in Jakarta"
  • Teaching with Dr Ken Setiawan in Asia Institute
  • Class with PhD students
  • Networking with University Melbourne experts working on following issues
    a. Urban politics
    b. Gender studies

Dr Wawan Masudi

Wawan Masudi
Dr Wawan Masudi

Dr Wawan Masudi is lecturer at the Department of Politics and Government, Faculty of Social and Political Science, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia. He completed PhD at The Asia Institute, The University of Melbourne. His thesis is on Jokowi’s Path to Political Legitimacy in Solo. His main interest is on Political Populism and Welfare Politics. His most recent publications are: Welfare Politics in Indonesia (edited book with Cornelis Lay, Obor, 2018); Programmatic Politics and Voter Preference: The 2017 Election in Kulonprogo (with Nanang Indra Kurniawan, Contemporary South East Asia, 2017); and "Creating Leadership Legitimacy in Post-Reform Indonesia" (book chapter in Continuity and Change after Indonesia’s Reforms: Contributions to an Ongoing Assessment, ISEAS, 2019). His current research project is on Negative Campaign in 2019 Indonesian Presidential Election (collaborative project with Dave McRae, The Asia Institue, The University of Melbourne) and The Indonesian Future Political Leaders (FISIPOL UGM).

Dr Masudi will be hosted by Dr Dave McRae from Asia Institute. He will visit the University of Melbourne for three weeks from 8 September to 29 September 2019.

During his visit, he will deliver:

  • Research and writing collaboration on 'Negative Campaign in 2019 Indonesian Presidential Election'
  • Two lectures on 'Politics of Welfare in Indonesia' and '2019 Indonesian Election: Dynamics and Results'
  • Presentation in APSA Conference
  • Seminar in Asia Institute

Previous visitors

The initiative commenced in 2014. Previous visitors have included:

  • 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.