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Tessa Toumbourou

Research Fellow in Environmental Social Science, The University of Melbourne

Tessa Toumbourou's research focuses on the links between environmental change, livelihoods, and land and natural resource governance in Kalimantan, Indonesia. She has an interest in local level gendered power dynamics. She has previously worked for the Asia Foundation's environmental governance program in Indonesia.


  • 2022–present
    Postdoctoral research fellow, University of Melbourne
  • 2016–2022
    Assistant researcher, University of Melbourne


  • 2022 
    University of Melbourne, PhD (Human Geography)
  • 2012 
    University of Melbourne, Master of Environment


  • 2022
    Plantations enabling mines: Incremental industrial extraction, social differentiation and livelihood change in East Kalimantan, Indonesia, Land Use Policy
  • 2020
    Political ecologies of the post-mining landscape: Activism, resistance, and legal struggles over Kalimantan's coal mines, Energy Research & Social Science
  • 2020
    Sustaining livelihoods in a palm oil enclave: Differentiated gendered responses in East Kalimantan, Indonesia, Asia Pacific Viewpoint
  • 2018
    Using a Delphi approach to identify the most efficacious interventions to improve Indonesia’s forest and land governance, Land Use Policy