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Rini Astuti is a Research Fellow at Asia Research Institute. She is part of the multidisciplinary team researching transboundary environmental governance commons in Southeast Asia hosted at National University of Singapore. Her current research focuses on the emerging peatland governance apparatuses in the Southeast Asia region (Indonesia in particular) and its implications for the mono-agricultural sector both on the large scale and for smallholder plantations. Rini obtained her PhD in Geography, in 2017, from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. She previously worked as a Research Fellow at RSIS in Nanyang Technological University and as a Climate Change Program Coordinator at the United Nations Development Programme Indonesia. She has published articles relating to forest governance, climate change mitigation and land politics in numerous journals such as: Geoforum, Journal of Peasant Studies, Asia Pacific Viewpoint, Environment and Planning A, and Third World Quarterly. She has also published opinion editorials and commentaries on broader environmental issues through numerous publication outlets.


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    Research Fellow, Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore