Edward Aspinall

Professor Edward Aspinall

Professor, Department of Political and Social Change; ARC Fellow


BA (Jurisprudence) (Adelaide), BA (Hons) (Sydney), PhD (ANU)

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Ed Aspinall

Edward Aspinall is a specialist of the politics of Southeast Asia, especially Indonesia. His interest in the study of politics, especially Southeast Asian politics, began when he lived in Malang, East Java, as a teenager. After studying Indonesian language and politics at high school and university, he completed his PhD at the ANU in 2000 on the topic of opposition movements and democratisation in Indonesia.

After that, he researched a range of topics related to Indonesian democratisation and civil society, especially the separatist conflict in Aceh. His current research interests include ongoing research on Indonesian national politics. In particular, he is engaged as an Australian Research Council Future Fellow in a study on the role of ethnicity in everyday politics in Indonesia.

He is also part of a multi-country study on ‘money politics’ in Southeast Asia, looking at the role of patronage, vote buying, clientelism and related phenomena.

Birds-eye view of Manila, Philippines

Understanding the Local: Good governance and Southeast Asia

The extent to which local governments either facilitate or frustrate the delivery of public services is a critical issue in the rapidly growing urban centres of Asia.

A masked man holds an anti-Ahok sign during a protest against Jakarta's Christian Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama. Source: AP/AFR

Jakarta election tests Indonesia's limits of tolerance

On 19 April, the residents of Jakarta – Indonesia’s sprawling capital – will go to the polls in an election that presents an unusually stark choice between religious solidarity and government

Stability and stagnation under SBY

Stability and stagnation under SBY

A new book by Ed Aspinall, Marcus Mietzner and Dirk Tomsa assesses the presidency of Indonesia's Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

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