I am a researcher by training in sociology and anthropology; and an activist by experience on the issue of human rights and the environment.
My research interest is of theory/praxis of social sciences, focusing on the relationship between humans in their social world, humans and their environments, and humans and their cultures.
My first professional touch with the world of social research and activism was in 2003 when I started to work as an enumerator as well as an organiser in research and advocacy projects at Lembaga Studi Perubahan Sosial (LSPS), Surabaya led by Prof. Hotman M. Siahaan. My research interest expanded as I was working in Pusat Kajian Komunikasi (Puskakom), Surabaya and Pusat Studi Hak Asasi Manusia (Pusham), Universitas Surabaya. Some major research themes were on politics, human rights, and the media.
My recent research projects were focusing on environmental issues, but mainly on the context of environmental disasters. I encounter environmental issues when I worked as public outreach and communication assistant of Environmental Services Program (ESP) – USAID in Malang office in 2006. My interest on environmental issue develops as I focused my research on the Lapindo mudflow disaster in Porong, East Java. I begin to create and maintain networks with environmental activists and non-governmental organizations as well as public sectors.
I am the editor of Membingkai Lapindo: Pendekatan Konstruksi Sosial atas Kasus Lapindo [Framing Lapindo: a social construction approach into Lapindo case, Indonesia] which is published by MediaLink and Kanisius (2013). I volunteer some of my time as an editor of korbanlumpur.info, through which together with other victims and other activists a series of agendas to disclose public information concerning the fulfilment of victims’ right is delivered.
During those years, I have been very productive to produce public and academic writings. I am the translator of Richard Schaefer’s Sociology (12th ed.) (McGraw Hill, 2009) into Bahasa Indonesia edition, which is published by Penerbit Salemba Humanika.
I completed my bachelor in social sciences from Department of Sociology, Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM), Indonesia. In 2009, I obtained MA from Department of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology, Universiteit Leiden, Netherlands. In November 2016, I got my Dr.phil. (in anthropology) from the Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, Germany.
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