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Rini Astuti

Research Fellow


  • Ph.D. (Geography) Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

  • MSc. (Carbon Science, Society and Change) Kings College London, The United Kingdom

  • BSc. (Industrial Engineering) Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 6125 8940

Room: Old Canberra House (OCH) 3.88

Rini Astuti has conducted research on contemporary environmental challenges facing Southeast Asia. Her research focuses on resource governance in Indonesia, including on climate change mitigation and adaptation policies. Rini’s current research is on haze-producing biomass fires and an emerging framework for peatland and forest governance in Indonesia.

Rini’s research draws from a political ecology perspective that problematized the implications of neoliberal environmental governance for different actors across multiple scales in Indonesia, including local and indigenous communities.

Rini has published articles relating to forest governance, climate change mitigation and land politics in numerous journals. She has also published opinion editorials and commentaries on broader environmental issues through numerous publication outlets.


  • Global Public Voices Fellowship 2021 - 2022.

Sponsored by Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, Cornell University, this fellowship promotes scholars’ public engagement on campus, in natioal debates and around the world.

  • APEC Women in Research Fellowship in 2019.

The Australia APEC Women in Research Fellowships are intended for high-achieving female researchers from APEC economies for research opportunities in partnership with Australian education and research institutions. The fellowships aim to support women’s economic empowerment in the APEC region and raise the profile of female role models in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Rini Astuti is a Research Fellow at Crawford School of Public Policy. Her areas of expertise are in political ecology and climate change policies.

Research interests

Research interests

  • Political ecology of environmental and resource governance

  • Climate change mitigation and adaptation

  • Forest and land politics in Southeast Asia

  • Peatland fires and governance in Indonesia

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