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Andree Surianta



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

Contact details

Room: Stanner +61 2 6125 1654



Research interest

  • Economics of language
  • Foreign Direct Investment (FDI)
  • Human capital in FDI
  • Foreign language skills


  • Best presenter for the panel “Linguistics, Language Policies and Digital Tools” in Humanities and Social Sciences Postgraduate Symposium convened by UNSW Canberra

PhD programme

Policy and Governance

Supervisor(s) and panel members

Topic title

Language and Foreign Direct Investment: the role of foreign language skills and its policy implications in developing countries

Topic description

This thesis proposes a new approach in studying the link between foreign language (L2) skills and economic performance of developing countries. The ability to communicate in foreign language(s) is commonly viewed as beneficial to one’s economic prospects in a globalised world. Such positive association, however, has not been discussed much beyond individual level. If L2 skills can influence an individual’s access to the global economy, a country’s aggregate L2 abilities may also have an impact on its economic performance in the global context. This thesis will begin with a macro-level examination of inward Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) patterns of developing countries in relation to their degrees of L2 skills. This improves current knowledge on empirical FDI studies by acknowledging the potential of a country’s population acquiring L2 skills instead of the traditional focus on a fixed common official language. To complement understanding, a comparative case study on language-in-education policies in ASEAN will be pursued to gain insight on whether language, as a component of education, can influence a country’s attractiveness to foreign investors. Finally, a firm-level study shall juxtaposes the country-level findings by illuminating how language is viewed by the decision makers themselves, i.e. the multinational enterprises (MNEs).


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

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

Surianta (2016), Lost in Translation, LinkedIn Pulse

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

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

Surianta (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 1.31 132 Lennox Crossing
The Australian National University
Canberra ACT 2601 Australia

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