Dr Rini Astuti

Ph.D. (Geography, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand); (MSc, King's College London, The United Kingdom); (BSc, Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia)
Research Fellow
ANU College of Science

Research interests

  • Political ecology of environmental and resource governance

  • Climate change mitigation and adaptation

  • Forest and land politics in Southeast Asia

  • Peatland fires and governance in Indonesia


Rini Astuti has conducted research on contemporary environmental challenges facing Southeast Asia. Her research focuses on resource governance in Indonesia, including on climate change mitigation and adaptation policies. Rini’s current research is on haze-producing biomass fires and an emerging framework for peatland and forest governance in Indonesia.

Rini’s research draws from a political ecology perspective that problematized the implications of neoliberal environmental governance for different actors across multiple scales in Indonesia, including local and indigenous communities.

Rini has published articles relating to forest governance, climate change mitigation and land politics in numerous journals. She has also published opinion editorials and commentaries on broader environmental issues through numerous publication outlets.



Researcher's projects

In 2021 Rini is involved in the following collaborative research projects:

  1. “Asia Pacific ClimateScapes: exploring opportunities, challenges, and trade-offs toward just transitions for decarbonization” (funded by the British Academy)

  2. “Mapping the Political Ecology of the Edible Birds’ Nests Trade in Indonesia” (funded by the Australian Research Council Linkage Project)

  3. “Sustainable Governance of the Transboundary Environmental Commons in Southeast Asia” (funded by the Singapore Ministry of Education’s Social Science Research Council)

  4. “Enhancing the participation of marginalized women of customary community in Indonesia’s Social Forestry Program” (funded by the United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research)

Projects and Grants

Grants information is drawn from ARIES. To add or update Projects or Grants information please contact your College Research Office.

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