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Professor of Southeast Asian Studies, The University of Melbourne

I am a political economist who works on development issues in Southeast Asia, especially Indonesia and Timor Leste. My main interests are the resource curse, the political economy of policy-making, the politics of inclusion, rebuilding governance in fragile states, and corporate governance/corporate social responsibility. For the last few years, I have been working on a research project focused on law, politics and socio-economic rights in Indonesia courtesy of an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship. I have worked at the Institute of Development Studies (Sussex), AusAID, the University of Sydney and Murdoch University and acted as a consultant to the World Bank, the UK Department for International Development, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, Oxfam, UNRISD, UNDP, and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.


  • 2017–present
    Professor of Southeast Asian Studies, University of Melbourne