Dr Robbie Peters

Senior Lecturer
Director of Development Studies

F12 - Transient Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9036 9399

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Research interests

My research interest at present concerns the interaction of globalization and violence in processes of uneven economic development in urban Southeast Asia. This interests is reflected in my current book on the history of the large Indonesian port city of Surabaya, where I have conducted many years of field work in a poor inner urban neighbourhood. I have also written about the emerging hypermodern retail economy in Indonesia and related burning down of traditional markets, clearance of street vendors and beautification of streets that laid its foundations. I am also researching and writing on issues of surveillance and mobility in Indonesian cities and have most recently begun a study of motorbikes, migration and commodification in the lives of poor sales-girls in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Teaching and supervision

As a teacher, I am the director of the Master of Development Studies Program and also run courses in development studies, the anthropology of development, the anthropology of Southeast Asia and ethnographic research and writing.

PhD and master's project opportunities

Selected grants

2013

  • The social consequences of transport lead growth and inter-city migration along Javas urban corridor; Peters R; DVC Research/Bridging Support Grant.

Selected publications

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Books

  • Peters, R. (2013). Surabaya, 1945-2010: neighborhood, state and economy in Indonesia's city of struggle. Singapore: NUS (National University of Singapore) Press.

Book Chapters

  • Peters, R. (2011). Mapping the pendatang: Mobility and the violence of urban renewal in Surabaya. In Johnny A. Khusyairi (Eds.), Kampung Perkotaan Indonesia: kajian historis-anthropologis atas kesenjangan sosial dan ruang kota (The Urban Kampung: an historical-anthropological study of social inequality and urban space), (pp. 117-146). Yogyakarta: New Elmatera.

Journals

  • Peters, R. (2012). City of Ghosts: migration, work and value in the life of a Ho Chi Minh City Saleswoman. Critical Asian Studies, 44(4), 543-570. [More Information]
  • Peters, R. (2010). The Wheels of Misfortune: The Street and Cycles of Displacement in Surabaya, Indonesia. Journal of Contemporary Asia, 40(4), 568-588.
  • Peters, R. (2009). The Assault on Occupancy in Surabaya: Legible and Illegible Landscapes in a City of Passage. Development and Change, 40(5), 903-925.

Conferences

  • Peters, R. (2010). Death and the City: Mortuary rituals and urban renewal in Surabaya. Anthropology and the Ends of Worlds, Sydney: WordPress.
  • Peters, R. (2010). Mapping the pendatang: anti-terror as urban management in Indonesia. 18th Biennial Conference of the Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA), Online: Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA).

2013

  • Peters, R. (2013). Surabaya, 1945-2010: neighborhood, state and economy in Indonesia's city of struggle. Singapore: NUS (National University of Singapore) Press.

2012

  • Peters, R. (2012). City of Ghosts: migration, work and value in the life of a Ho Chi Minh City Saleswoman. Critical Asian Studies, 44(4), 543-570. [More Information]

2011

  • Peters, R. (2011). Mapping the pendatang: Mobility and the violence of urban renewal in Surabaya. In Johnny A. Khusyairi (Eds.), Kampung Perkotaan Indonesia: kajian historis-anthropologis atas kesenjangan sosial dan ruang kota (The Urban Kampung: an historical-anthropological study of social inequality and urban space), (pp. 117-146). Yogyakarta: New Elmatera.

2010

  • Peters, R. (2010). Death and the City: Mortuary rituals and urban renewal in Surabaya. Anthropology and the Ends of Worlds, Sydney: WordPress.
  • Peters, R. (2010). Mapping the pendatang: anti-terror as urban management in Indonesia. 18th Biennial Conference of the Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA), Online: Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA).
  • Peters, R. (2010). The Wheels of Misfortune: The Street and Cycles of Displacement in Surabaya, Indonesia. Journal of Contemporary Asia, 40(4), 568-588.

2009

  • Peters, R. (2009). The Assault on Occupancy in Surabaya: Legible and Illegible Landscapes in a City of Passage. Development and Change, 40(5), 903-925.

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