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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.

2019

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

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. 

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. 

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.

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 Forum, Asian 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. 

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. 

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.

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. 

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.

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.