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Clara Siagian



BA (Sarjana 1) in International Relations from Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia

Master of Public Policy from the Australian National University

Contact details

I’m a PhD candidate currently on fieldwork in Jakarta, Indonesia. I’m also a senior researcher at the Center on Children Protection and Wellbeing (PUSKAPA), Universitas Indonesia.

PhD programme

Policy and Governance

Supervisor(s) and panel members

Topic title

Renting life: The everyday lives of evicted family members in rusunawa and the making of new urban political subject

Topic description

My topic is broadly about the social and political lives of residents who were removed from informal settlements in Jakarta and were relocated to public rental walk-up flats (rusunawa). I’m interested to understand how residents negotiate such displacement and what the dynamic of their everyday life in rusunawa tell us about state and society relations.


Kusumaningrum, Santi, Clara Siagian, and Harriot Beazley. 2021. “Children during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Children and Young People’s Vulnerability and Wellbeing in Indonesia.” Children’s Geographies, 1–11.

Bessell, Sharon, Clara Siagian, and Angie Bexley. 2020. “Towards Child-Inclusive Concepts of Childhood Poverty: The Contribution and Potential of Research with Children.” Children and Youth Services Review 116 (September): 105118.

Siagian, Clara, Sandra Dewi Arifiani, Sharon Bessell, and Ewelina Przybyszewski. 2020. “Survey Respondents’ Experiences of Being Asked about Voice, Violence, and Other Potentially Sensitive Issues: Report of the Qualitative Follow-up Study to the Individual Deprivation Measure (IDM) Survey in Indonesia.” Canberra, Australia: The Australian National University.

Siagian, C, Arifani, S, Amanda, P, Kusumaningrum, S (2019) “Supporting Children, Blaming Parents: Frontliners’ Perception of Childhood Adversity and Parenthood in Indonesia”, Social Sciences 8(2): 64 DOI: 10.3390/socsci8020064.

Bennouna C, Kusumaningrum S, Siagian C, et al. (2018) Social Accountability in Health in Indonesia: Lessons from Programs. Knowledge Brief. Washington, DC: World Bank (Health, Nutrition, and Population Global Practice).

Kusumaningrum S, Siagian C, Bennouna C, et al. (2018) Social Accountability in Health in Indonesia: An Overview of Legislation. Knowledge Brief. Washington, DC: World Bank (Health, Nutrition, and Population Global Practice).

Laugen C, Siagian C, Bennouna C, et al. (2018) Healthy Participation, Healthy People: A Review of Social Accountability Initiatives in Indonesian Policies and Programs. Discussion Paper, October. Washington, D.C: World Bank.

Siagian, C, Wandasari, W, Sahputra, F, Kusumaningrum, S, (reviewed and resubmitted), “Strategic yet Delicate: Involving Health Workers in Facilitating Birth Registration in Indonesia”, BMC Health Service Research

Kusumaningrum, S., A. Patunru, C. Siagian, and C. Bennouna (in press), A Child’s Growth is a Nation’s Growth: Children’s Wellbeing and Inequality in Indonesia, forthcoming in R. Barichello, R. Schwindt, and A. Patunru (eds), Trade, Poverty and Income Distribution: The Indonesian Experience. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press

Kusumaningrum, K, Bennouna, C, Siagian, C, Agastya, NLP 2016, “Back to What Counts: A Scoping Study to Institutionalize Civil Registration and Vital Statistics in Basic services”, in partnership with Bappenas, KOMPAK, DFAT-Australia, Jakarta, Indonesia

Other publications

Siagian, Clara, 2018, “Playing the marriage card in Indonesia”, published in New Mandala, 28 November 2018

Siagian, Clara, 2018, “Criminal code bill will leave Indonesian Migrants’ children in Malaysia in legal limbo”, published in The Conversation, 29 March 2018.

Nanwani, S, Siagian, C, 2017, “Falling through the cracks: How Indonesia’s health insurance is failing the most vulnerable”, published in Inside Indonesia, 12 February 2017.

Siagian, Clara, 2016, “Saving street kids under Duterte’s Philippines”, New Mandala

Employment history

Senior Research Officer for Childhood Poverty Research (PI Prof. Sharon Bessell), an ARC Discovery Project, ANU.

Senior Researcher, Center on Child Protection and Wellbeing (PUSKAPA), University of Indonesia

Mailing address

Crawford School of Public Policy
ANU College of Asia & the Pacific
J.G. Crawford Building No. 132
Lennox Crossing
The Australian National University
Canberra ACT 2601 Australia

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