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2018 Indonesia Update Conference

Contentious belonging: the place of minorities in Indonesia
14-15 September

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About the Indonesia Project

ANU Indonesia Project is a leading international centre of research and graduate training on the society and economy of Indonesia. For over 50 years it has been at the forefront of Indonesian studies in Australia and worldwide.

The Project was established in 1965 by H.W. Arndt in response to profound changes in the Indonesian economic and political landscape. Initially comprising a small group of Indonesia-focused economists, it has since grown into an interdisciplinary research centre. Researching economic change is still at its heart, but the Project now brings together academics, students, policymakers and leaders from a range of disciplines and countries to discuss the multitude of issues in Indonesia’s growth and development.

The Project has helped build greater understanding between Indonesia and Australia and fostered important relations between Indonesian and Australian scholars, students and policymakers.


The Indonesia Project aims to influence the creation of stronger, research-based public policies in Indonesia—especially in the areas of economic development, human capital, regional development, poverty, governance, environment and social development—by producing and disseminating quality research, conducting public dialogue, building institutional capacity and establishing institutional networks.


  • Research
    The Indonesia Project’s core academic staff and PhD students conduct research on the society and economy of Indonesia in order to improve understanding and to sharpen thinking on public policy in Indonesia.
  • Dissemination of research
    The Indonesia Project plays an important role in disseminating research findings on the Indonesian economy and on Indonesian society more broadly. It does this through publications, conferences, seminars and briefings, most notably: 
    • the Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies (BIES) and the annual Indonesia Update books;
    • the annual Indonesia Update conference, the Hadi Soesastro Policy Forum, the Sadli Lecture, the Indonesia Study Group seminars and the Indonesian Development Study Forum (FKP); and
    • briefings for Australian and Indonesian government officials and ministers.
  • Capacity building and institutional networking
    The Indonesia Project has established extensive networks that bring together academics and policymakers in Indonesia and Australia and across the globe. The Project conducts a number of activities that help foster and expand these networks. It also conducts capacity-building activities to help develop the next generation of Indonesian and Australian researchers. These activities include: 
    • supporting Indonesian policymakers in developing sound economic policies;
    • supporting Indonesian researchers in producing high-quality publications (through BIES);
    • running a visitor program that enables Indonesian scholars to visit ANU and receive mentoring from ANU academics; 
    • running research-network workshops that bring together Indonesian and Australian researchers and provide targeted research training;
    • offering annual research grants that encourage multidisciplinary collaboration between Indonesian and Australian researchers; and
    • offering annual travel grants for Australian students to undertake development-related research in Indonesia.


The Indonesia Project is housed in the Arndt–Corden Department of Economics, a key ANU centre for applied research on economic development in Asia and the Pacific. The department is part of ANU Crawford School of Public Policy, Australia’s premier institution for interdisciplinary research on public policy in the region.

The Project holds activities in both Australia and Indonesia. 


The Indonesia Project obtains its core funding from The Australian National University. Since 1980, it has also received an annual grant from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Most recently this has been through the Australian Aid Program.

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