Herb Feith Community

The program connects scholars whose research areas of interest intersect with Indonesia from across the university and beyond, to create a collaborative community of interest. Find out more here.

Associate Professor Brook Andrew
Associate Professor, Fine Arts

Area of expertise: art, contemporary art, Aboriginal, first nations, monuments

Dr Misita Anwar
Assistant Lecturer, IT

Area of expertise: information systems, Community informatics, development informatics

Professor Harry Aveling
Professor (Adjunct Appointment), Indonesian Studies

Area of expertise: classical and modern Malay literature, modern Indonesian literature, translation theory and practice

Associate Professor Becky Batagol
Associate Professor, Law & Monash Sustainable Development Institute

Area of expertise: gender and social inclusion, law, family law and family violence, transdisciplinary studies

Professor Edward Buckingham
Director, Engagement, Monash Business School

Area of expertise: strategy, entrepreneurship, international business and change management. He has extensive experience in executive education and has taught in French, Indonesian and Mandarin as well as English.

Dr Raqib Chowdhury
Senior Lecturer, Teach Edu Language Arts & Prof Learning

Area of expertise: TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and ELT (English Language Teaching) in Indonesia, curriculum and pedagogy, higher education policy and reform, sociolinguistics, bilingualism

Associate Professor Sharyn Davies
Director of the Monash Herb Feith Indonesian Engagement Centre

Area of expertise: gender, sexuality, security, surveillance, health, social justice, anthropology

Dr Alice De Jonge
Senior Lecturer, Business Law & Taxation, Monash Data Futures Institute

Area of expertise: aspects of comparative law and governance, with a focus on China and Southeast Asia

Dr Anita Dewi
Research Learning Coordinator, Sir Louis Matheson Library

Area of expertise: Librarianship, applied linguistics, translation studies

Professor Andreas Ernst
Professor, School of Mathematics, Monash Data Futures Institute; Senior Research Fellow with the Australia Indonesia Centre

Area of expertise:  scheduling and optimisation for large-scale industrial applications, including high-performance combinatorial optimisation algorithms, parallel metaheuristics, network optimisation

Dr Naomi Francis
Research Fellow with RISE Water for Women

Area of expertise: WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene), gender, social inclusion, international development, Indonesia, Timor-Leste, Papua New Guinea

Dr Xin Gu
Senior Lecturer, Master of Cultural and Creative Industries

Area of expertise: cultural and creative industries, cultural policy, culture and sustainable development, creative economy

Ariel Heryanto
Emeritus Professor

Area of expertise: cultural studies, media studies, postcolonial studies

Dr Nadir Hosen
Senior Lecturer, Law Resources

Area of expertise: Indonesian law, Shari'a, constitutional law, human rights, Islamic studies

Professor Emerita Margaret Kartomi
Musicology Ethnomusicology

Area of expertise: Music-cultures of Indonesia and Southeast Asia, Baghdadi Jewish music-cultures, performing arts archives, historical ethnomusicology, organology, performativity, public arts policy, children's music, youth orchestras

Yacinta Kurniasih
Assistant Lecturer, Indonesian Studies

Area of expertise: language and gender in Indonesia, applied linguistic, TESOL, teaching Indonesian/Javanese Language and Studies.

Professor Karin Leder
Professor (Research), Planetary Health

Area of expertise: infectious diseases, public health, epidemiology, travel medicine, waterborne disease

Dr Petra Mahy
Senior Lecturer, Dept of Business Law & Taxation, Monash Business School

Area of expertise: comparative law, empirical socio-legal and/or regulatory research projects, particularly projects based in Southeast Asia or Australia

Dr Howard Manns
Lecturer, Director, Master of Applied Linguistics

Area of expertise: sociolinguistics, linguistic anthropology, youth, social media, mass media, second language acquisition

Andrew McIntyre
Senior Pro Vice-Chancellor (Southeast Asia Partnerships)

Area of expertise: media commentator and public speaker on politics and international affairs in Southeast Asia, particularly Indonesia, as well as on higher education internationally

Professor Julian Millie
Professor, Indonesian Studies

Area of expertise: anthropology of Indonesia, ritual, religion, Islamic culture and Society, cultures of Indonesian Islam

Professor Andrew Mitchell
Associate Dean (Research), Law; Monash Data Futures Institute

Area of expertise: international law, international trade law, international investment law

Professor Daniel Prajogo
Professor, Department of Management

Area of expertise: quality management, operations and supply chain management, innovation management, and sustainability management

Dr Jemma Purdey
Research Fellow at Monash University in the Faculty of Arts and the Australia Indonesia Centre

Area of expertise: Indonesian politics and contemporary history and Australia-Indonesia interactions

Professor Diego Ramirez-Lovering
Professor, Department of Architecture; Centre to Impact Antimicrobial Resistance

Area of expertise: urban environments including climate change, resource limitations and rapid population growth with a key focus on the Global South

Dr Max Ritcher
Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at Centre for Organisational & Social Informatics, Faculty of IT, Monash University

Area of expertise: senior research fellow on an Australia-Indonesia Centre Energy project, and Academic Coordinator (Indonesia) in the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Monash University

Associate Professor Briony Rogers
Senior Lecturer, School of Social Sciences and Project Leader, CRC for Water Sensitive Cities

Area of expertise: economics, planning, governance, transitions, urban modelling, urban design, urban heat, urban metabolism, groundwater management

Professor Amrik Sohal
Professor, Department of Management

Area of expertise: manufacturing/ operations strategy, technology/information management, quality management, supply chain management, lean/agile production systems, electronic business

Guntur Sutiyono
Senior Project Manager, ClimateWorks Australia

Area of expertise: public finance, fiscal policy, economics, energy policy, forestry policy

Dr Campbell Wilson
Associate Dean (International), IT

Area of expertise: digital forensics, information retrieval, machine learning and bioinformatics


Andrian Liem
Research Fellow

Andrian Liem (he/they) is a Research Fellow at the Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences (Public Health Cluster), Monash University, Malaysia, with research interests that include clinical and health psychology, indigenous and cultural psychology, global health, migrants and refugees, gender and sexuality, and interfaith dialogue. Originally from Indonesia, he earned his PhD in psychology from the University of Queensland, Australia. Prior to joining Monash, he worked at the University of Macau to assist in the development of a digital mental health app for overseas Filipino workers sponsored by the World Health Organization.

Dr Nicholas Long

Associate Professor of Anthropology at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

Dr Nicholas J. Long is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), where he works on the anthropology of Indonesia and on responses to COVID-19 in the UK and Aotearoa New Zealand. He won the 2019 Stirling Prize for Best Published Work in Psychological Anthropology for his article ‘Suggestions of Power: Searching for Efficacy in Indonesia’s Hypnosis Boom’.


Dr Wayne Palmer
Adjunct Research Fellow

Dr Palmer (Bielefeld University, Germany) is a migration scholar with extensive experience providing paralegal assistance to migrant workers claiming labour and employment rights. He uses social-legal approaches to examine legal and policy frameworks that govern labour and migration.

Dr Nelly Martin-Anatias 
Adjunct Research Fellow

Dr Martin-Anatias is a linguist by training. Her research interests include but are not limited to language, identity, gender, language ideology, code-switching between English and Indonesian in both film scripts and literary fiction, textual and interpretive analysis, Indonesian studies and autoethnography.

Dr Najmah Usman 
Adjunct Research Fellow

We are proud to have collaborated with Dr Usman on a DFAT funded Australia Alumni project entitled To get tested or not: A project to reduce stigma around COVID-19 and HIV testing in Indonesia. The project was incredibly important because without regular testing, illnesses such as COVID-19 and HIV can spread unchecked through communities. But because of the stigma associated with getting tested, many people do not get tested. This project addressed the issue of stigma associated with getting tested. It did this in two ways: first by understanding how stigma plays a role in stopping people getting tested; and second by developing strategies that can be implemented to ensure that stigma does not prevent people getting tested for COVID-19, HIV or other diseases.

Dr Anita Dewi
Adjunct Research Fellow

Dr Dewi is an active researcher in applied linguistics, language teaching, cultural studies, and library studies, with a focus on Indonesia and Australia. She initiated and has been actively contributing to different outreach and engagement activities, in collaboration with the Faculty of Arts, Monash University and the Herb Feith Indonesian Engagement Centre. She is also actively involved in various Indonesian communities beyond the academic circle in Melbourne, Australia.