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Members in the media

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

  • September:

The Conversation published an article co-written by Associate Professor Jeff Neilson about Indonesia's coffee industry. The article is also available in Bahasa Indonesia

The East Asia Forum published a piece by Dr Sandra Seno-Alday about the economic impact of COVID-19 on Southeast Asia.

Barron’s quoted Professor Adrian Vickers about the economic impact of the pandemic on Bali, Indonesia.

Vet Practice Magazine featured Associate Professor Navneet Dhand's work on zoonotic diseases in the Asia-Pacific. Associate Professor Dhand's work is funded by the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Talking Indonesia interviewed Dr Elisabeth Kramer about the state of Australia-Indonesia public diplomacy in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic and funding cuts.

ABC News quoted Associate Professor Jeff Neilson about Indonesia's economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The East Asia Forum published a piece by Dr Aim Sinpeng, co-authored with Assistant Professor Janjira Sombatpoonsiri from Chulalongkorn University, about the Free Youth Movement protests in Thailand. 

The Australian Institute of International Affairs published an analysis by Dr Gavin Butler of Thailand's anti-government protests.

Bangkok Jack quoted Dr Aim Sinpeng about why Voldemort has become a symbol of anti-monarchy protests in Thailand.

  • August:
The BBC quoted Dr Justin Beardsley about COVID-19 in Vietnam.
The Conversation published an article co-written by Dr Sophie Chao and Fidelis Eka Satriastanti about Indigenous Peoples in Indonesia struggling for equality. The article is also available in Bahasa Indonesia
ABC Radio National interviewed Dr Aim Sinpeng about the movement of young people in Thailand following the 2019 election, who felt that their voices were not being heard and are pushing for a constitution to make their votes count in parliamentary representation. 
ABC Radio National interviewed Dr Aim Sinpeng about the youth-led protests for constitutional changes in Thailand.
Haaretz quoted Dr Sophie Chao about the struggles faced by Indigenous Peoples in Indonesia.
Tempo Magazine cited Professor Hans Pols' work on the history of healthcare in Indonesia in their special edition on revolutionary doctors in celebration of Indonesia's Independence Day.
The Guardian quoted Dr Aim Sinpeng about the youth-led protests for constitutional changes in Thailand. 
The Land quoted Professor Budiman Minasny about a world-first platform he has developed to monitor rice fields globally in real-time.
New Mandala published an article by Dr Thushara Dibley (co-authored with Dr Antoni Tsaputra) about the new Indonesian National Disability Commission.
SBS News interviewed Dr Aim Sinpeng about discontent in Thailand around the monarchy. 
Thai Data Points published a piece dy Dr Aim Sinpeng about the Thai Free Youth protests. 
  • July:

Channel News Asia published an opinion piece about COVID-19 worsening gender equality in Asia by Associate Professor Elizabeth Hill and Professor Marian Baird.  

ABC Radio National interviewed Associate Professor Navneet Dhand about a United Nations warning the likelihood of more pandemics with greater frequency and his DFAT-funded program to train animal health workers in Southeast Asia to help prevent another zoonotic disease pandemic, such as coronavirus.
Mongabay published a commentary by Dr Sophie Chao exploring how agribusiness expansion in West Papua, Indonesia has brought about hunger and severed a deep cultural connection between the indigenous Marind people and the natural world. 
VICE quoted Associate Professor Aim Sinpeng about causal factors for the anti-government protests in Thailand; the largest since the 2014 coup.
ABC Radio Sydney interviewed Associate Professor Navneet Dhand about his work on preventing the emergence of zoonotic diseases and how to ‘stop the next pandemic’.
Kompas published an article (in Bahasa Indonesia) about mental health in Indonesia, featuring some of Professor Hans Pols' work.
ABC News published an article (in Bahasa Indonesia) about Dr Sophie Chao's work on the palm oil industry in West Papua and her being awarded the John Legge Prize for Best Thesis in Asian Studies. 
  • 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.