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Santi Kusumaningrum

Director, PUSKAPA

Director and Principal Investigator of PUSKAPA, Center on Child Protection and Wellbeing, at Universitas Indonesia. Areas of research and advocacy include child wellbeing, social inclusion and protection, legal identity, civil registration and vital statistics, and access to justice.


  • 2020–present
    Adjunct assistant professor, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University
  • 2010–present
    Director, PUSKAPA (Center on Child Protection and Wellbeing)


  • 2019 
    Columbia University, Doctor of Public Health
  • 2008 
    Universitas Indonesia, Magister Sains, Sosiologi
  • 1999 
    Universitas Indonesia, Sarjana Sosial, Kriminologi


  • 2021
    Children during the COVID-19 pandemic: children and young people’s vulnerability and wellbeing in Indonesia, Children's Geographies
  • 2020
    Understanding childhood adversity in West Sulawesi, Indonesia. , Child Abuse & Neglect
  • 2020
    The implications of COVID-19 for the care of children living in residential institutions., The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health
  • 2020
    Institutionalisation and deinstitutionalisation of children 2: policy and practice recommendations for global, national, and local actors. , The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health
  • 2019
    Global health is political; can it also be compassionate?, Journal of Global Health
  • 2019
    Strategic yet delicate: the dilemma of involving health workers in facilitating birth registration in Indonesia. , BMC Health Services
  • 2019
    Supporting Children, Blaming Parents: Frontline Providers’ Perception of Childhood’s Adversity and Parenthood in Indonesia. , Social Sciences
  • 2019
    Assessing large-scale violence against children surveys in selected Southeast Asian countries: A scoping review. , Child Abuse & Neglect
  • 2019
    The Juvenile Courts and Children’s Rights: Good Intentions, Flawed Execution., In M. Crouch (Ed.), The Politics of Court Reform: Judicial Change and Legal Culture in Indonesia. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
  • 2017
    Using the Theory of Planned Behaviour to Understand Motivation to Register Births in Lombok, Indonesia. , Children & Society
  • 2016
    Using the Three Delays Model to Examine Civil Registration Barriers in Indonesia. , PloS One
  • 2016
    Barriers to birth registration in Indonesia. , The Lancet Global Health
  • 2014
    Thriving beyond survival: Understanding utilization of perinatal health services as predictors of birth registration: A cross-sectional study., BMC International Health and Human Rights