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Andree Surianta



BEng (Universitas Pelita Harapan), MBA (University of Toronto)

Contact details

Room: Stanner +61 2 6125 6216



Research interest

  • Economics of language
  • Foreign Direct Investment (FDI)
  • Foreign language skills
  • Global Value Chain (GVC) restructuring
  • COVID-19 vaccination


  • Best presenter for the panel “Linguistics, Language Policies and Digital Tools” in Humanities and Social Sciences Postgraduate Symposium convened by UNSW Canberra
  • Hadi Soesastro Prize 2021 winner for research and publications on Global Value Chains

PhD programme

Policy and Governance

Supervisor(s) and panel members

Topic title

Investing in recovery: Indonesian investment and health policy responses to the COVID-19 pandemic

Topic description

This thesis tracks two major policy events that have occurred in Indonesia in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The first policy is the passing of Law number 11 year 2020 on Job Creation (Undang-undang Cipta Kerja) which aims to improve the overall ease of doing business in Indonesia and attract more investment into the country. The drafting process of this law began before the pandemic hit and it faced huge resistance from labour, environmental, and civil society groups. Believing that the law is necessary for economic recovery from the pandemic, the government pushed ahead with it despite various protests.
The second major policy of interest is the mass COVID-19 vaccination drive. Since the early days of the pandemic, the Indonesian government has decided against any form of lockdowns, be it on a local or national level. This has resulted in a “giant wave” of the outbreak, where Indonesia caseloads continue to rise with little sign of slowing down. The government now hangs its hope on one of the largest mass vaccination drive in its recent history. Committing to deliver free vaccines for 70% of its population, the program faces huge challenges of low trust, lack of communication, anemic healthcare capacity, and deficient infrastructure.


Surianta, A. (22 November 2022). Indonesia’s slow path to vaccine self-sufficiency. East Asia Forum. Canberra

Surianta, A. (12 March 2021). Vaccination is critical, but not a substitute for COVID-19 management policies. Crawford School of Public Policy. Canberra.

Interview with Satyagraha. (11 February 2021). Vaccination success can impact the economy (Peneliti sebut keberhasilan vaksinasi dapat pengaruhi perekonomian). Jakarta.

Interview with Rosendar, Y. (28 January 2021). The positive and negative impact of allowing the private sector to independently import vaccines (Dampak positif dan negatif pemberian izin pihak swasta untuk impor vaksin secara mandiri). The Conversation Indonesia. Jakarta.

Surianta, A. (11 November 2020). [Can the Job Creation Law spur pharmaceutical innovations? (Mampukah UU Ciptaker Dorong Inovasi Farmasi?)]. Koran Sindo.

Surianta, A. (2020). Primum Non Nocere: A Policy Approach for Pharmaceutical Investment in Indonesia. Asia’s Path Forward. Center for International Private Enterprise. Washington, D.C.

Surianta, A. (2020). Indonesia in Post COVID-19 Global Value Chain Restructuring. Asia’s Path Forward. Center for International Private Enterprise. Washington, D.C.

Surianta, A. (2020). Jokowi’s speech to the Australian Parliament: an ode to friendship. The Interpreter.

Surianta, A. (2018). Like water and oil: the dual life of SOEs. LinkedIn Pulse

Surianta, A. (2016). Lost in Translation. LinkedIn Pulse.

Surianta, A. (2016). Pride of a Nation. LinkedIn Pulse.

Surianta, A. (2016). Foreign Investment, a global beauty contest. LinkedIn Pulse.

Surianta, A. (2016), Asing Kian Leluasa. LinkedIn Pulse.

Scholarships and fellowships

Australia Awards Scholarship
Research Fellow at the Center for Indonesian Policy Studies

Employment history

Casual tutoring experience
  • EMDV 8078 - Introduction to Environmental and Resources Economics
  • POGO 8096 – Policy Research
  • EMDV 8101 – State, Society and Natural Resources
  • EMDV 8008 – Research Proposal
  • EMDV 8102 – Research Methods for Environmental Management

Personal links

Mailing address

Crawford School of Public Policy
ANU College of Asia & the Pacific
WEH Stanner Building Rm 2.28 132 Lennox Crossing
The Australian National University
Canberra ACT 2601 Australia

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