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Some highlights of our latest news coverage and commentary

Our members are frequently cited in the media to comment on the big challenges facing Southeast Asia.

Media mentions

  • July:
The Conversation published an article by Professor Budiman Minasny about racism and slavery in Indonesia's tobacco plantations during the Dutch colonial era.
 
Channel News Asia published an opinion piece about COVID-19 worsening gender equality in Asia by Associate Professor Elizabeth Hill and Professor Marian Baird.  
 
  • June:

The NZ Herald reported on research led by Associate Professor Daniel Tan and Dr Petr Matous and Junjian Zhang about the role of social network brokers in the adoption of innovative farming practices in North-western Cambodia.

 
Inside Indonesia published an article by SSEAC Postdoctoral Research Associate Dr Sophie Chao about how the Black Lives Matter movement has become a powerful rallying call for Indigenous West Papuans.
 
Inside Indonesia published an essay by Dr Josh Stenberg about celebrating Imlek, a celebration of Chinese New Year in Indonesia.
 
  • May:

Tempo Magazine interviewed Professor Hans Pols as part of a 12 page special on pandemics.

Swiss Radio (Radio Tele Suisseinterviewed Associate Professor Navneet Dhand, from the School of Veterinary Science, about his DFAT-funded program to train animal health workers in Southeast Asia to help prevent another zoonotic disease pandemic, such as coronavirus.

  • April:

The Financial Review quoted Professor Adrian Vickers about fears of social unrest in Indonesia due to COVID-19.

New Mandala published an article by Associate Professor Jeffrey Neilson about the risk of political instability in Indonesia due to the lack of social safety nets. 

The Guardian interviewed Dr Sophie Chao about the disappearance of the sago palm that is causing heartbreak for the indigenous Marind people of West Papua, Indonesia.

ABC News reported on work by Associate Professor Navneet Dhand and Associate Professor Jenny-Ann Toribio to prevent the next pandemic, by training animal workers in Southeast Asia to better identify sick animals and become ‘disease detectives’. The Age (syndicated across Nine Publishing), The AustralianThe Land and The Daily Telegraph (syndicated across regional News Corp), and Web MSN Australia also covered this story, quoting Associate Professors Dhand and Toribio.

The TelegraphYahoo! India and others republished an AAP piece that quoted Assistant Professor Aim Sinpeng about how some governments are using COVID-19 to silence their critics.

The Bristol Herald CourierThe Eagle and The Journal Times syndicated an article by CNN that mentioned comments by Dr Petr Matous about how wet markets play an important role in food security for many low-income communities.

  • February:

Jakarta Post (Indonesia) quoted Dr Josh Stenberg about Chinese glove puppetry in Indonesia.

Australian Financial Review quoted Professor Adrian Vickers about Australia’s relationship with Indonesia.

Talking Indonesia interviewed Dr Josh Stenberg about Chinese Indonesian performing arts.

  • January:

The Conversation published an article by Annie Yuan Cih Wu, PhD Candidate in the School of Geosciences, about how Australia’s seasonal worker program increases the marriage rate in East Timor.

New Mandala published an opinion piece by Dr Natali Pearson about the relationship between cultural heritage and human rights in Myanmar.

The Conversation published an article by Emma Kluge, PhD Candidate in the Department of History, about West Papua’s campaign for independence. The article was also published in Indonesian.

Sapiens published a piece by Dr Sophie Chao about how a company’s appropriation of an Indigenous ritual in West Papua, Indonesia highlights the power of businesses to destroy traditions, community ties, and ecosystems.

  • December:

The Conversation published an article about Indonesian officials’ attitudes on disability issues, written by Dr Thushara Dibley and Dr Antoni Tsaputra. The article was also published in Bahasa Indonesia on The Conversation Indonesia.

The Conversation published an article by Pradytia Putri Pertiwi about the different ways in which people with disabilities can get involved in leading disaster response. The article was also published in Bahasa Indonesia on The Conversation Indonesia.

2SER FM interviewed Dr Sophie Chao about the impacts of agribusiness in West Papua, Indonesia. 

Liputan (Indonesia) and Republika (Indonesia) reported on a project involving the University of Sydney and Professor Thomas Maschmeyer from the School of Chemistry andSydney Nano Institute to build a chemical recycling plant in Timor-Leste.

AFR Weekend quoted Professor Simon Butt from the Sydney Law School about a potential agreement between Indonesia and Australia to deploy a joint peacekeeping force and engage with India in trilateral maritime exercises.

Tempo (Indonesia) mentioned that Professor Adrian Vickers from the School of Languages & Cultures spoke at a sustainable tourism conference in Indonesia in November.

Sindo News (Indonesia) mentioned that Professor Adrian Vickers from the School of Languages & Cultures spoke at a conference in Indonesia in December.

  • November:

The Conversation (Indonesian) published an article by Professor Budiman Minasny from the School of Life and Environmental Sciences about land data strategies Indonesia’s new Minister of Agriculture should consider.

The Australian Financial Review quoted Professor Simon Butt from the Sydney Law School about Indonesia’s anti-corruption watchdog known as the KPK.

The Australian Financial Review quoted Professor Adrian Vickers from the School of Languages and Cultures about proposed new criminal laws in Indonesia, relating to extramarital sex and insulting the president.

Hukum Online (Indonesia) mentioned Professor Simon Butt from the Sydney Law School in a list of prominent legal experts with an understanding on Indonesian law.

Farm Online reported on a University of Sydney-led trial of a treatment for foot and mouth disease being tested on cattle in Laos quoting Emeritus Professor Peter Windsor from the School of Veterinary Science. The article was syndicated across regional farming mastheads.

  • October:

The Australian Financial Review quoted Professor Simon Butt from Sydney Law School about the presidential inauguration of Joko ‘‘Jokowi’’ Widodo and his new Vice President Ma’ruf Amin.

The Conversation (Indonesia) published an article co-authored by Professor Budiman Minasny from the School of Life and Environmental Sciences about forest fires in Sumatra and Kalimantan.

The Conversation published an article by Dr Sophie Chao, about oil palm expansion in West Papua and how it undermines the relations of indigenous Marind people to forest plants and animals. 

Inside Indonesia published an article by Dr Sophie Chao about how oil palm expansion projects in West Papua influence the local culture. 

  • September:

AFR Weekend quoted Professor Adrian Vickers from the School of Languages and Cultures about Indonesia looking to introduce strict new laws banning extramarital sex, sex outside marriage and insulting the president. ABC Radio Newcastle also interviewed Professor Vickers about the laws.

The Conversation published an article in Indonesian co-authored by Professor Budiman Minasny from the School of Life and Environmental Sciences about using digital technology to measure rice production in Indonesia.

ABC News interviewed Professor Simon Butt about student protests and violence in West Papua, Indonesia. 

The Australian interviewed Professor Simon Butt about Indonesia looking to introduce strict new laws banning extramarital sex.

  • August:

TRT World published an op-ed by Dr Sophie Chao about the recent anti-racism protests in West Papua, Indonesia and calls for political self-determination. 

The South China Morning PostIntellasia.net and Nine’s Today interviewed Dr Petr Matous from the School of Civil Engineering about Indonesia’s plans to relocate its capital from Jakarta to the island of Borneo. Busan English Broadcasting (Korea) also interviewed Professor Adrian Vickers from the School of Languages and Cultures about the relocation.

SBS TV reported on a project involving the University of Sydney and Professor Thomas Maschmeyer from the School of Chemistry and Sydney Nano Institute to build a chemical recycling plant in Timor-Leste.

BBC World Newsday interviewed Dr Sophie Chao on the anti-racism protests happening in West Papua, Indonesia.

BBC Radio interviewed Dr Aaron Opdyke from the School of Civil Engineering about Indonesia’s plans to relocate its capital from Jakarta to the island of Borneo.

ABC Radio The World Today interviewed Professor Peter Phibbs from the School of Architecture, Design and Planning about Indonesia announcing plans to relocate its capital from Jakarta to the island of Borneo. Business Insider and Bloomberg quoted Dr Petr Matous from the School of Civil Engineering and ABC Radio National interviewed Professor Adrian Vickers, Head of the School of Languages and Cultures, about the move.

Australian Financial Review quoted Professor Luke Nottage from Sydney Law School from his submission to a parliamentary committee into free trade deals with Indonesia and Hong Kong.

New Mandala published an article by Dr Sophie Chao about the challenges and opportunities in the West Papuan palm oil sector.

Solider (Indonesia) published an article about SSEAC's research and field school on disability and social inclusion in Indonesia. (Article available in Bahasa Indonesia only.)

News.com.au quoted Professor Adrian Vickers, Head of the School of Languages and Cultures, and Dr Petr Matous and Dr Aaron Opdyke from the School of Civil Engineering about plans to relocate Indonesia’s capital from Jakarta to the island of Borneo. The article was syndicated across Nine’s newspaper mastheads online.

Tirto (Indonesia) quoted Dr Jim Elmslie from the Faculty of Health Sciences about the number of indigenous Papuans in urban Indonesia.

Sky News Extra broadcast the public talk 'Who controls the internet?' co-hosted by SSEAC and Sydney Ideas, which featured Professor Michele Ford (Director of SSEAC), Dr Aim Sinpeng (Thailand country coordinator for SSEAC), Dr Damien Spry (University of South Australia) and Mr Bart Hogeveen (Australian Strategic Policy Institute). 

The Conversation published an article co-authored by Dr Anne Marie Thow from the School of Public Health and the Charles Perkins Centre about the benefits of introducing a sugar tax in Indonesia. The article was also published in Indonesian.

The Wenner-Gren Foundation published a blog post about Dr Sophie Chao's recent research fieldtrip back to West Papua, to study indigenous land rights and palm oil sustainability. 

The Conversation published an article in Indonesian by Professor Budiman Minasny from the School of Life and Environmental Sciences about the effects of drought on agriculture and how to overcome them.

East Asia Forum published a blog article by Professor Simon Butt about Indonesia's anti-corruption reform. The article was republished by the Khmer Times

The National Tribune interviewed Professor Adrian Vickers for an article about the relocation of Indonesia's capital.

HukumOnline.com quoted Professor Simon Butt about interdisciplinary methods of studying law.

The Middletown Press quoted Dr Petr Matous about Indonesia’s plans to relocate its capital from Jakarta to the island of Borneo.

World Magazine and Architecture & Design quoted Dr Petr Matous about Indonesia’s plans to relocate its capital from Jakarta to the island of Borneo.

  • July:

Talking Indonesia interviewed Professor Simon Butt about the Indonesian Constitutional Court's influence in shaping the outcome of the presidential and legislative elections.

South Sydney Herald reported Facebook is funding a project into the regulation of hate speech on its platform, involving Dr Aim Sinpeng and Dr Fiona Martin from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

Talking Indonesia interviewed Dr Sophie Chao, SSEAC Postdoctoral Research Associate, about her research with the indigenous Marind peoples of Merauke district in West Papua.

The Asia Institute interviewed Associate Professor Novi Djenar from the Department of Indonesian Studies about the challenges Bahasa Indonesia faces in the hyper-polyglot archipelago. 

SBS Radio Indonesia released two audio reports about a workshop and public seminar discussing the Aceh Truth Reconciliation Commission, organised by Dr Jess Melvin, Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre.

  • June:

ABC Radio Sydney interviewed Professor Marian Baird and Associate Professor Elizabeth Hill from the Women, Work and Leadership Research Group about their research into changing attitudes towards gender differences in work participation.

ABC Radio Capricornia interviewed Dr Michelle Villeneuve from the Faculty of Health Sciences about working with people with disabilities to incorporate disability inclusion into disaster risk reduction.

Wyborcza (Poland) reported on a study by Associate Professor Dan Penny from the School of Geosciences about the paleobotany of Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom.

Detik (Indonesia) quoted Professor John Keane from the School of Social and Political Sciences about his research on the concept of post-truth politics.

Fairfield City Champion quoted Associate Professor Ken Cruickshank, Director of the Sydney Institute for Community Language Education in the School of Education and Social Work, about the Bonnyrigg Khmer School trialling a professional-development program being piloted by the Institute.

East Asia ForumAsian Correspondent and The Diplomat (US) published an article by Associate Professor Elizabeth Hill from the School of Social and Political Sciences, Professor Marian Baird from the Business School, and Lisa Gulesserian, graduate student in the Business School, about the state of paternity leave in Southeast Asia. 

The Asia Society published an article by Dr Sandra Seno-Alday, SSEAC Executive Committee Member, about women entrepreneurs in Southeast Asia and their role in the economic transformation of Southeast Asia. 

The Australian Institute of International Affairs published an analysis article by Dr Elisabeth Kramer, SSEAC Deputy Director, about the Jakarta protests in late May 2019.

Sapiens published an article by Dr Sophie Chao, SSEAC Postdoctoral Research Associate, about the palm oil industry in West Papua, Indonesia. 

The Diplomat quoted Dr Aim Sinpeng from the Department of Government and International Relations about the youth vote in the Thai elections. 

  • May:

Inside Indonesia published an article by Wayan Jarrah Sastrawan, SSEAC Postgraduate Coordinator and PhD candidate, about historical records of natural disasters in the Indonesian archipelago. 

ABC News quoted Dr Elisabeth Kramer, SSEAC Deputy Director, about the Indonesian elections and the governance challenges ahead of newly re-elected President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo. 

  • April:

2GB Sydney and Your Money (TV) interviewed Professor Adrian Vickers, Acting Head of the School of Languages and Cultures, about the Indonesian elections. BBC Radio (UK), BBC World Service and 2SER FM also interviewed Professor Michele Ford, Director of the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre, about the elections.

  • March:

The Gecko Project and Mongabay published an interview with Dr Sophie Chao about land grabbers and indigenous rituals in Papua.

ABC Radio National interviewed Dr Aim Sinpeng from the Department of Government and International Relations about Thailand’s first democratic election since 2001. The Australian Financial Review also quoted Dr Sinpeng about the elections.

East Asia Forum published an opinion article by Associate Professor Elizabeth Hill from the School of Social and Political Sciences, Professor Marian Baird from the Business School and Professor Michele Ford, Director of the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre, about the need to factor in care responsibilities to help increase women’s participation in the workforce.

ABC News TV and CNBC (US) interviewed Dr Aim Sinpeng from the Department of Government and International Relations about the elections in Thailand. Al Jazeera (Qatar) also quoted Dr Aim Sinpeng about the Thai elections.

Indonesia at Melbourne published an article by Dr Elisabeth Kramer, SSEAC Deputy Director, looking at how tobacco control issues are playing out in the 2019 elections in Indonesia.

Associate Professor Dr Marina Kennerson gave an interview to BFM 89.9 - The Business Station about damaged nerves.

Indonesia at Melbourne published an article and a podcast with Professor Michele Ford, Director of the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre, about organised labour and the 2019 elections in Indonesia.

New Mandala published an opinion piece by Greg Doyle, SSEAC PhD candidate, on the Australian boom in Indonesian contemporary art. 

  • February:

SBS News quoted Dr Aim Sinpeng about political ties between Thailand and Bahrain. 

The Edge Singapore and Yahoo! Finance (Singapore) quoted Associate Professor Lily Rahim from the Department of Government and International Relations about the leadership in Singapore.

The Asia Society published an opinion piece by Dr Aim Sinpeng from the Department of Government and International Relations about cyber diplomacy dilemma.

  • January:

The Financial Times (UK) and Yahoo! (Singapore) quoted Associate Professor Lily Rahim from the Department of Government and International Relations about the influence of Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad in Malaysia.

The Conversation published an article in Indonesian by Professor Budiman Minasny from the School of Life and Environmental Sciences about the obstacles faced by Indonesian academics and researchers in getting published in international journals.