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Muhammad (Hali) Aprimadya



Master of Public Policy
The Australian National University

Bachelor of Human Sciences (Communication)
International Islamic University Malaysia

Contact details

Hali Aprimadya is a PhD candidate in the Policy and Governance (POGO) Department researching the implementation of research-related regulations in Indonesia. Drawing upon over a decade of extensive experience within Indonesia’s public sector, Hali brings a wealth of practical insight to his doctoral research project. Notably, Hali’s most recent assignment within the Ministry of Research, Technology, and Higher Education, overseeing research collaboration initiatives with international partners, such as USAID, The Dutch Research Council (NWO), and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), has expanded his perspectives on academic research governance.

Currently, Hali is affiliated with Indonesia’s National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN). While doing his PhD research project, Hali also works as a casual academic/tutor and a research officer.

PhD programme

Public Policy

Topic description

Hali’s research project explores and analyses how actors interpret and act upon research policies in Indonesia’s higher education that have been increasingly influenced by New Public Management (NPM) logic and principles. Using the concepts of dilemmas and situated agency, his research investigates how actors navigate the complex policy arena and reconcile their entrenched beliefs, traditions, and practices with the ‘new’ ideas propagated by policies. This research aims to understand the complex governance of Indonesia’s higher education and advance our understanding of the cultural approach to policy implementation.

Main supervisor and chair: Prof. Helen Sullivan.

Panel members:


Aprimadya, MH (2023) Book Review: The Art and Craft of Comparison, Critical Policy Studies, 17:4, 648-650, DOI: 10.1080/19460171.2023.2256385

Surianta A, Aprimadya, MH (2023) Indonesia’s R&D growing pains, East Asia Forum,

Aprimadya, H (2023) Ribetnya karier dosen di Indonesia: monopoli pemerintah dan logika birokrasi perguruan tinggi yang mengakar sejak era penjajahan (The complexity of academic careers in Indonesia: government monopoly and the entrenched bureaucracy logic in higher education since colonial era), The Conversation,

Aprimadya, H (2021) BRIN “cerai” dari Kementerian Riset dan Teknologi: benarkah akan mengakhiri ketidakpastian status dan fungsinya? (BRIN’s divorce from the Ministry of Research and Technology: will it end the uncertainties on its status and functions?), The Conversation,

Conference papers

Aprimadya, MH (2023, November 27-30) Conducting document analysis in interpretive policy research: an experiential account of a PhD student, Australian Political Studies Association (APSA) Annual Conference, Sydney, NSW.

Aprimadya, MH (2023, November 27-30) Understanding policy changes: dilemmas of funding reform in Indonesia’s higher education, Australian Political Studies Association (APSA) Annual Conference, Sydney, NSW.

Aprimadya, MH (2023, April 3-5) Situated agency as a form of discretion: evidence from Indonesia’s higher education, International Research Society for Public Management (IRSPM) Conference 2023, Budapest, Hungary.

Aprimadya, MH (2023, April 3-5) Swimming in jelly: doing interpretive research during the COVID-19 pandemic, International Research Society for Public Management (IRSPM) Conference 2023, Budapest, Hungary.

Aprimadya, MH (2022, September 26-28) Understanding the role of policy approaches for improving academics’ motivations in doing research: Empirical evidence from Indonesia’s autonomous universities, APSA Annual Conference, Canberra, ACT.

Aprimadya, MH (2022) Narratives analysis of COVID-19 regulatory response on research: a comparative study of Australia and Indonesia, PSA Annual International Conference, Leeds, UK (virtual).

Aprimadya, MH (2016, July 14) Transformation of Participation in Development: Trajectory to Sustainable Development, ANU Student Research Conference, Canberra, ACT.

Employment history

  • National Research and Innovation Agency - Indonesia (2019 - present)
  • Ministry of Research, Technology, and Higher Education - Indonesia (2014-2019)
  • Ministry of Research and Technology (2009 - 2014)

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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