Senior Lecturer, School of Geography and Environmental Science, Monash University

Beginning as an appropriate technology volunteer in Tana Toraja, South Sulawesi in the mid-1970s, Craig Thorburn has spent over 25 years living and working in Indonesia, with local and international NGOs, bilateral and multilateral aid programs, and commissioned research projects. He completed his post-graduate study in human geography at the University of California at Los Angeles in 2000; his thesis examined changing customary coastal and marine resource management institutions and practice in the Kei Islands of Southeast Maluku. Now working as a Senior Lecturer and Coordinator of Postgraduate Coursework Programs in the School of Geography and Environmental Science at Monash University, Craig continues to consult and conduct research in Indonesia, Timor Leste and Bangladesh. Current research interests include post-disaster and post-conflict recovery and reconstruction, and community-based climate change adaptation.

Experience

  • 2003–present
    Senior Lecturer, School of Geography and Environmental Science, Monash University
  • 2007–present
    Senior Researcher, Australia-Indonesia Partnership for Reconstruction and Development (AIPRD), Banda Aceh

Education

  • 2000 
    University of California, Los Angeles, PhD
  • 1996 
    University of California, Los Angeles, Master of Arts
  • 1993 
    University of California, Berkeley, Bachelor of Science

Publications

  • 2012
    Building Blocks and Stumbling Blocks: Peacebuilding in Aceh, 2005-2009, Indonesia vol 93
  • 2012
    Farmer Field Schools for Integrated Watershed Management, Development in Practice 22(1)
  • 2009
    Livelihood Recovery in the Wake of the Tsunami in Aceh, Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies 45(1)

Research Areas

  • Human Geography (1604)
  • Natural Resource Management (050209)