Dr Robbie Peters

Senior Lecturer
Director of Development Studies

A26 - R.C. Mills Building
The University of Sydney

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Research interests

Robbie Peters is a senior lecturer in anthropology at the University of Sydney and director of its Development Studies Program. His book, Surabaya, 1945-2010 was shortlisted for the EuroSEAS humanities book prize and he has written journal articles on urban renewal and the political economy of violence in the Indonesian city and on gender and work in Saigon, Jakarta and Surabaya. His current research focuses on a number of issues including those of death, commemoration and the politics of place in the Indonesian city, and the citizen forming and deforming effect on poor urban slum dwellers of the shift from fuel subsidies to conditional cash transfers. He is most interested in the post-colonial city in Indonesia and Southeast Asia, with a particular emphasis on revolutionary violence.

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.

Current research students

Project title Research student
Value Creation in the Indonesian Contemporary Art Market Greg DOYLE
Terms of Engagement: Ecology, Development and Commodification in Phongsali, Laos David LUTZ

Associations

Regional editor (island Southeast Asia) Asian Studies Review

Videos

Dr Robbie Peters talks about his research interests and the teaching programmes available within the Department of Anthropology. See here, and below.

Dr Robbie Peters, Development Studies

PhD and master's project opportunities

Selected grants

2016

  • The ‘GoJek’ problem: congestion, informality and innovation in urban transport in Indonesia; Tirtosudarmo R, Peters R; Australian National University/Indonesia Project and SMERU Research Institute Research Grant.

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 Indonesias city of struggle. Singapore: NUS (National University of Singapore) Press.

Book Chapters

  • Peters, R. (2016). Power changes hands in Surabaya. In David P. Chandler, Robert Cribb and Li Narangoa (Eds.), End of Empire: 100 Days in 1945 that Changed Asia and the World, (pp. 217-218). Copenhagen: NIAS Press.
  • Peters, R. (2016). War comes to Surabaya. In David P. Chandler, Robert Cribb and Li Narangoa (Eds.), End of Empire: 100 Days in 1945 that Changed Asia and the World, (pp. 279-281). Copenhagen: NIAS Press.
  • 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. (2016). Death and the control of life in an Indonesian city. Bijdragen Tot de Taal-Land-en Volkenkunde, 172(2-3), 310-342. [More Information]
  • Peters, R. (2016). Single working class women and the city in Java and Vietnam. Asian Studies Review, 40(1), 36-52. [More Information]
  • Peters, R. (2016). Single Working-class Women and the City in Java and Vietnam. Asian Studies Review, 40(1), 36-52. [More Information]
  • Peters, R. (2015). Book Review: Southeast Asian perspectives on power. Asian Ethnicity, 16(1), 110-122. [More Information]
  • 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. [More Information]
  • 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. [More Information]

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), Adelaide: Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA).

2016

  • Peters, R. (2016). Death and the control of life in an Indonesian city. Bijdragen Tot de Taal-Land-en Volkenkunde, 172(2-3), 310-342. [More Information]
  • Peters, R. (2016). Power changes hands in Surabaya. In David P. Chandler, Robert Cribb and Li Narangoa (Eds.), End of Empire: 100 Days in 1945 that Changed Asia and the World, (pp. 217-218). Copenhagen: NIAS Press.
  • Peters, R. (2016). Single working class women and the city in Java and Vietnam. Asian Studies Review, 40(1), 36-52. [More Information]
  • Peters, R. (2016). Single Working-class Women and the City in Java and Vietnam. Asian Studies Review, 40(1), 36-52. [More Information]
  • Peters, R. (2016). War comes to Surabaya. In David P. Chandler, Robert Cribb and Li Narangoa (Eds.), End of Empire: 100 Days in 1945 that Changed Asia and the World, (pp. 279-281). Copenhagen: NIAS Press.

2015

  • Peters, R. (2015). Book Review: Southeast Asian perspectives on power. Asian Ethnicity, 16(1), 110-122. [More Information]

2013

  • Peters, R. (2013). Surabaya, 1945-2010: neighborhood, state and economy in Indonesias 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), Adelaide: 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. [More Information]

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. [More Information]

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