Bayu Dardias began his PhD studies at the Department of Political and Social Change in December 2012. He completed his Master of Public Policy at ANU’s Crawford School of Public Policy in 2009. He received his BA from Gadjah Mada University (UGM) in Yogyakarta (2002), and subsequently became a research assistant. In 2010, Bayu became a lecturer in the Department of Politics and Government, UGM. Bayu has had numerous research projects with local and national governments, along with international institutions.
Bayu’s study interests are on traditional politics, decentralisation, political corruption and government networks. Bayu is working on the revival of aristocrats in Indonesian politics. Since Indonesian independence, traditional institutions and aristocrats have had no formal place in political institutions, although they played pivotal roles in real politics. Since 1998, aristocrats have resurfaced in politics, and through traditional support, they have gained key positions in modern institutions.