Naimah is currently researching for the Children’s Policy Centre, and primarily working on Childhood Poverty in Indonesia’s project that is led by Professor Sharon Bessell. She is also assisting Associate Professor John McCarthy on project Households vulnerability, food security and social protection in Indonesia, which is funded by the Australian Research Council as a discovery grant - and now working on early stage research on Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) in rural developments in Indonesian contexts.
As her master thesis in the Crawford School of Public Policy ANU, she explored how lack of proper clothing could perpetuate and reinforce the poor’s perceptions of poverty through the roles of shame, stigma, and social exclusion, where she conducted a fieldwork in urban and peri-rural sites in South Sulawesi Indonesia. She receives the ANU Gender Institute Awards for Outstanding Research for category Master Degree on this research in 2019.
This awardee of the Indonesian Endowment Fund for Education scholarship was active as student representative for College of Asia and the Pacific through postgraduate’ student representative body PARSA. Graduated in first class, Naimah was also involved in collaborative research with the International Alliance of Research University (IARU), where she became research assistant on participatory research exploring the use of traditional/local knowledge for climate adaptation strategies within the local communities in Northern Thailand. She did research internship with Investing in Women, DFAT’s initiative to foster women’s economic empowerment in SEA, and produced an assessment report of the nature and characteristics of women-led Small and Medium Enterprises in four major cities in Indonesia and how it affects market opportunities for impact investing. She presented this research on the 2019 Women’s Empowerment in Contemporary Indonesia conference in University of California Los Angeles, USA.
Prior to pursuing master degree in public policy, Naimah worked as a public affairs consultant for 2-year in Edelman, a global communication consulting firm, based in Jakarta. She found her passions to promote community-based development and social inclusion in public policy from her social work with an education-based NGO called Indonesia Mengajar (Teaches Indonesia Movement), where she taught schoolchildren in an outer island of Sangihe in North Sulawesi and worked together with regional government to promote teachers’ pedagogy skills and re-distribution of teachers across remote islands in Sangihe & the archipelago district.
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