Dr Tri Nuke Pudjiastuti is a researcher at the Research Center for Politics, the Indonesian Institute of Sciences in Jakarta, Indonesia. She graduated with Master of Arts (MA) in Geography and Environmental Studies with the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Adelaide, with a focus on International Migration. She has also graduated as a Doctor in the Department of Criminology - Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, University of Indonesia, with a dissertation focusing on people smuggling from Indonesia to Australia. For more than five years, she was a part of the ASEAN Research Team.
Dr Pudjiastuti experience in trafficking and smuggling issues has also given her an insight into irregular migration. Although the research focuses upon Indonesia, it also notes the mobility at a regional basis, particularly at the level of ASEAN. She has also produced position and policy papers for the Indonesian government. Her team has also joined the ASEAN National Secretariat (Indonesia).