George Floyd was not just killed — he was tortured

Dr Nick Cheeseman, Fellow at our Department of Political & Social Change explains how the conduct resulting to George Floyd's death constituted torture.

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Asia illiteracy

Ed Aspinall from our Department of Political and Social Change discusses the recent National Library of Australia policy to dramatically downgrade the most...

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Shedding light on the Vietnamese LGBTIQ+ movement

As a recipient of the Ben and Melinda Tria Kerkvliet Southeast Asia Research Award, Huyen Truong has been able to further her research into the LGBTIQ+...

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Huyen Truong

'Strong Patronage, Weak Parties' and 'Democracy for Sale'

Join us for the launch of two books: 'Strong Patronage, Weak Parties: The Case for Electoral System Redesign in the Philippines' edited by Professor Paul...

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'Strong Patronage, Weak Parties' and 'Democracy for Sale'

Changing immigration stance in focus at 2019 Japan Update

Leadership in a time of uncertainty - 2019 Japan Update

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Japan Update 2019

The ANU Department of Political and Social Change is a leading centre for the study of Asian politics and society. We have considerable depth of expertise on the political and social dynamics of the countries of Asia, in particular Indonesia, Thailand, Myanmar, Korea and China, including the highest concentration of academic staff and PhD students specialising in Indonesian politics outside of Indonesia itself. Academic specialisations include democratisation, national and local politics, gender, conflict and conflict resolution, religious politics and political theory.

Our people

Marcus Mietzner

I have been interested in the politics of Indonesia since my first visit to Jakarta as a teenager in 1986. While pursuing an MA degree at Goethe University in Frankfurt in the mid-1990s, I spent one year in Ambon to...

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Jack Barbalet

Jack Barbalet is currently Professor of Sociology in the Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences at the Australian Catholic University and concurrently a Visiting Fellow in the Department of Political and Social...

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Edward Aspinall

Edward Aspinall is a specialist in the politics of Southeast Asia, especially Indonesia. He has published on a range of topics related to Indonesia, including democratisation, elections, the separatist conflict in...

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Paul Hutchcroft

Paul’s interests in Southeast Asian politics can be traced to 1980-81, when he first lived in the Philippines and witnessed mounting opposition to the rule of Ferdinand Marcos. This eventually led him into...

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Katrin Travouillon

My research traces the transformation of Cambodia’s political system since the signing of the 1991 Paris Peace Accords. I first visited Cambodia in 2005 and spent half a year in a small rural village to conduct a...

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The ANU Department of Political and Social Change is a leading centre for the study of Asian politics and society. We have considerable depth of expertise on the political and social dynamics of Indonesia and China, including the highest concentration of academic staff and PhD students specialising in Indonesian politics outside of Indonesia itself.

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