About Professor Michele Ford

Professor Michele Ford’s research interests include: labour and other social movements in Southeast Asia; labour migration; and border studies (with a focus on Southeast Asian borderlands.

Director of the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre, Michele Ford, draws on methods associated with sociology, anthropology, history and political science in her cross-disciplinary research on social movements, labour migration, grassroots politics and Southeast Asian borderlands. Michele is currently working on an ARC Discovery project on the re-emergence of political labour in Indonesia (with Teri Caraway). She has completed other major projects on relationships across the Singapore-Indonesia border (with Lenore Lyons) and trade union responses to migrant labour in the major destination countries of East and Southeast Asia. Michele has supervised PhD and Research Masters projects on labour movements, labour migration, human trafficking, NGOs and local politics.

Selected publications

Books
  • Ford, M. (ed). 2013. Social Activism in Southeast Asia. Abingdon and New York: Routledge.
  • Ford, M., L. Lyons and W. van Schendel (eds). 2012. Labour Migration and Human Trafficking in Southeast Asia: Critical Perspectives. Abingdon and New York: Routledge.
  • Ford, M. and L. Lyons (eds). 2012. Men and Masculinities in Southeast Asia. Abingdon and New York: Routledge.
  • Michele Ford. 2009. Workers and Intellectuals: NGOs, Trade Unions and the Indonesian Labour Movement. Singapore: Singapore University Press/Hawaii University Press/KITLV.
  • Robert Cribb and Michele Ford (eds). 2009. Indonesia beyond the Water’s Edge: Managing an Archipelagic state. Singapore: ISEAS.
  • Kaye Broadbent and Michele Ford (eds). 2008. Women and Labour Organizing In Asia: Diversity, Autonomy and Activism. London: Routledge.
  • Michele Ford and Lyn Parker (eds). 2008. Women and Work in Indonesia. London: Routledge.
  • Adrian Vickers and Darma Putra with Michele Ford (eds). 2000. To Change Bali: Essays in Honour of I Gusti Ngurah Bagus. Denpasar: Bali Post.
Recent Journal Articles
  • Ford, M. and T. Dibley. 2012. Experiments in Cross-Scalar Labour Organizing: Reflections on Trade Union-Building Work in Aceh after the 2004 Tsunami. Antipode 44 (2): 303-320.
  • Ford, M. and T. Dibley. 2011. Developing a Movement? Aid-Based Mediated Diffusion as a Strategy to Promote Labour Activism in Post-tsunami Aceh.Asian Journal of Social Science 39: 469-488.
  • Weiss, M. and M. Ford. 2011. Temporary Transnationals: Southeast Asian Students in Australia. Journal of Contemporary Asia 41 (2): 229-248.
  • Ford, M., L. Lyons and W. Palmer. 2010. Stopping the Hordes: A Critical Account of the Labor Government’s Regional Approach to the Management of Asylum Seekers. Local-Global 8: 28-35.
  • Lyons, L., M. Ford and S. Williams. 2010. Legal Issues Associated with the Study of Sexual Content on the Internet in Australia. Australian Feminist Law Journal 33: 143-159.
  • Michele Ford. 2010. A Victor’s History: A Comparative Analysis of the Labour Historiography of Indonesia’s New Order. Labor History 51 (4): 523-541.
  • Lenore Lyons, Michele Ford and Sophie Williams. 2010. Legal Issues Associated with the Study of Sexual Content on the Internet in Australia. Australian Feminist Law Journal 33: 143-159.
  • Lenore Lyons and Michele Ford. 2010. ‘Where are your Victims?’ How Sexual Health Advocacy came to be Counter-Trafficking in Indonesia’s Riau Islands. International Feminist Journal of Politics 12 (2): 255-264.
  • Sophie Williams, Lenore Lyons and Michele Ford. 2008. It’s about Bang for your Buck, Bro: Singaporean Men’s Online Conversations about Sex in Batam, Indonesia. Asian Studies Review 32 (1): 77-97.
  • Lenore Lyons and Michele Ford. 2008. Love, Sex and the Spaces In-between: Kepri Wives and their Cross-border Husbands. Citizenship Studies 12 (1): 55-72.
  • Lenore Lyons and Michele Ford. 2007. Where Internal and International Migration Intersect: Mobility and the Formation of Multi-Ethnic Communities in the Riau Islands Transit Zone. International Journal on Multicultural Studies 9 (2): 236-263.
Recent Book Chapters
  • Ford, M. Developing Societies – Asia. In A. Wilkinson, G.Wood and R. Deeg (eds). The Oxford Handbook of Employment Relations: Comparative Employment Systems. Oxford (in press).
  • Ford, M. and L. Lyons. Working for a Day Off: Advocating for the Rights of Migrant Women in Southeast Asia. In D. Caouette and D. Kapoor (eds). Beyond Development and Globalization Projects: Critical Perspectives and Social Movements. Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press (in press).
  • Ford, M. 2013. Social Activism in Southeast Asia: An Introduction. In M. Ford (ed.) Social Activism in Southeast Asia. London and New York: Routledge, pp. 1-21.
  • Ford, M. 2012. Contested Borders, Contested Boundaries: The Politics of Labour Migration in Southeast Asia. In R. Robison (ed). Routledge Handbook of Southeast Asian Politics. London and New York: Routledge, pp.305-314.
  • Ford, M. and L. Lyons. 2012. Counter-Trafficking and Migrant Labour Activism in Indonesia’s Periphery. In M. Ford, L. Lyons and W. van Schendel (eds) Labour Migration and Human Trafficking in Southeast Asia: Critical Perspectives. London: Routledge, pp.75-94.
  • Ford, M. and L. Lyons. 2012. Introduction: Men and Masculinities in Southeast Asia. In M. Ford and L. Lyons (eds) Men and Masculinities in Southeast Asia. London: Routledge, pp.1-19.
  • Ford, M. and L. Lyons. 2012. Labour Migration, Trafficking and Border Controls. In T. Wilson and H. Donnan (eds). A Companion to Border Studies, Oxford: Blackwell, pp.438-454.
  • Ford, M. and L. Lyons. 2012. Smuggling Cultures in the Indonesia-Singapore Borderlands. In B. Kalir and M. Sur (eds) Transnational Flows and Permissive Polities: Ethnographies of Human Mobilities in Asia. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, pp.91-108.
  • Ford, M., L. Lyons and W. van Schendel. 2012. Labour Migration and Human Trafficking. In M. Ford, L. Lyons and W. van Schendel (eds) Labour Migration and Human Trafficking in Southeast Asia: Critical Perspectives. London: Routledge, pp.1-19.
  • Lyons, L. and M. Ford. 2012. The Chinese of Karimun: Citizenship and Belonging at Indonesia’s Margins. In Siew Min Sai and Chang-Yau Hoon (eds) Chinese Indonesians Reassessed: History, Religion and Belonging. Abingdon: Routledge, pp.121-137.
  • Lyons, L. and M. Ford. 2012. Defending the Nation: Malay Men’s Experience of National Service in Singapore. In M. Ford and L. Lyons (eds) Men and Masculinities in Southeast Asia. London: Routledge, pp.139-158.
  • Williams, S., L. Lyons and M. Ford. 2012. Homosociality and Desire: Charting Singaporean Sex Tourists’ Online Conversations. In M. Ford and L. Lyons (eds) Men and Masculinities in Southeast Asia. London: Routledge, pp.68-85.
  • Ford, M. 2011. International Networks and Human Rights in Indonesia. In T. Davis and B. Galligan (eds). Human Rights in Asia. Edward Elgar, pp.38-55.
  • Ford, M. and L. Lyons. 2011. Narratives of Agency: Sex Work in Indonesia’s Borderlands. In K. Adams and K. Gillogly (eds). Everyday Life in Southeast Asia. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, pp.295-303.
  • Michele Ford and Lenore Lyons. 2011. Travelling the Aspal Route: Grey Labour Migration through an Indonesian Border Town. In Aspinall, E. and van Klinken, G. The State and Illegality in Indonesia, Leiden: KITLV.
  • Michele Ford. 2010. Constructing Legality: The Management of Irregular Labour Migration in Thailand and Malaysia. In M. van der Linden (ed) Labour History Beyond Borders: Concepts and Explorations, Leipzig: Akademische Verlagsanstalt.
  • Michele Ford. 2010. Laboring Practices: Southeast Asia. In Suad Joseph (ed) Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures. Brill Online. http://www.brillonline.nl/
  • Lenore Lyons and Michele Ford. 2010. “Lavoro del Sesso e Soggettività: Storie dalle Isole Riau (Indonesia)”. In Silvia Vignato (ed) Soggetti al Lavoro: Etnografia della Vita Attiva, Milan : UTET, pp. 109-128.
  • Lenore Lyons and Michele Ford. 2009. Singaporean First: Challenging the Concept of Transnational Malay Masculinity. In Derek Heng and Syed Muhd Kairudin Aljunied (eds). 2009. Reframing Singapore: Memory – Identity – Trans-regionalism. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, pp.175-194.
  • Robert Cribb and Michele Ford. 2009. Indonesia as an Archipelago: Managing Islands, Managing the Seas. In Robert Cribb and Michele Ford (eds). 2009. Indonesia beyond the Water’s Edge: Managing an Archipelagic State. Singapore: ISEAS, pp.1-27.
  • Michele Ford and Lenore Lyons. 2009. Fluid Boundaries: Modernity, Nation and Identity in the Riau Islands. In Robert Cribb and Michele Ford (eds). 2009. Indonesia beyond the Water’s Edge: Managing an Archipelagic State. Singapore: ISEAS, pp.196-212.
  • Michele Ford. 2009. Trade Unionism in Independent Indonesia. In C. Phelan (ed). Trade Unionism since 1945: Towards a Global History, Volume 2: The Americas, Asia and Australia. Oxford and Bern: Peter Lang, 99-126.
  • Kaye Broadbent and Michele Ford. 2008. Women and Labour Organizing in Asia. In K. Broadbent and M. Ford (eds) Women and Labour Organizing in Asia: Diversity, Autonomy and Activism. London and New York: Routledge, pp.1-14.
  • Michele Ford and Lyn Parker. 2008. Thinking about Indonesian Women and Work. In M. Ford and L. Parker (eds). Women and Work in Indonesia. London and New York: Routledge, pp.1-16.
  • Michele Ford. 2008. Indonesia: Separate Organising within Trade Unions. In K. Broadbent and M. Ford (eds). Women And Labour Organizing In Asia: Diversity, Autonomy And Activism. London and New York: Routledge, pp.15-33.
  • Michele Ford and Lenore Lyons. 2008. Making the Best of What You’ve Got: Sex Work and Class Mobility in the Riau Islands. In M. Ford and L. Parker (eds). Women and Work in Indonesia. London and New York: Routledge, pp.173-194.
  • Michele Ford and Nicola Piper. 2007. Southern Sites of Female Agency: Informal Regimes and Female Migrant Labour Activism in East and Southeast Asia. In J. Hobson and L. Seabrooke (eds). Everyday Politics of the World Economy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp.63-80.
  • Michele Ford. 2007. Indonesia’s New Unions. In Phelan, C. (ed.). Trade Union Revitalisation: Trends and Prospects in 34 Countries, Oxford and Bern: Peter Lang, pp. 533-546.
Key Reports
  • Ford, M. 2012. Mechanisms for Building Research Capacity in Indonesia’s Knowledge Sector through Australian Universities. Canberra: AusAID – 25,390 words.
  • Michele Ford. 2007. Advocacy Responses to Irregular Labour Migration in ASEAN: The Cases of Malaysia and Thailand. Manila: Migrant Forum in Asia – 18,869 words.
  • Michele Ford. 2005. Migrant Labour in Southeast Asia Country Study: Indonesia. Manila: Friedrich Ebert Stiftung. (Translated as Buruh Migran di Asia Tenggara: Indonesia. Jakarta, Fredrich Ebert Stiftung) – 12,571 words.