Dr Depi Susilawati

BSc in Forestry (Gadjah Mada University), MSc (Wageningen University), PhD (The Australian National University)
Sessional Lecturer, Fenner School of Environment and Society
ANU College of Science

Areas of expertise

  • Natural Resource Management 410406
  • Environment Policy 440704
  • Forestry Management And Environment 300707

Research interests

  • Forest policy and governance
  • Environmental regulation and governance
  • Transnational experimentalist regime
  • Smart regulation
  • Sustainable forest certification
  • Timber legality verification
  • Deforestation-free commodities supply chains
  • Sustainable palm oil certification
  • Forest and landscape restoration


Depi Susilawati is a Sessional Lecturer at the Fenner School of Environment and Society. Depi's teaching and research focuses broadly on environment, forest and agriculture policy and governance in the Asia-Pacific.

At the Fenner School, she provides teaching assistance to three courses: ENVS3041/6026 Managing Forested Landscapes, ENVS8018 Partnership Research for Agricultural and Natural Resource-Based Development, and ENVS3028/6528 Environmental Policy. At the international level, she actively contributes to the research project funded by FAO and the Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission in fostering linkages between Sustainable Wood Supply and Forest and Landscape Restoration in Asia and the Pacific. She is also a member of the Advisory Group of The Forest Dialogue and is formulating the Field Dialogue on Ecosystem Restoration Initiative in Indonesian Borneo. 

In 2023, Depi was a Lecturer at the ANU Fenner School of Environment and Society, following a year as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the ANU School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet). Her postdoctoral research examines the development and implementation of the Indonesia Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO) certification scheme at upstream and downstream value chains. It also investigates smallholders’ compliance with mandatory and voluntary sustainable palm oil certification instruments. 

Before joining RegNet, she was a PhD Scholar at Fenner School of Environment and Society, the Australian National University. Her PhD thesis investigates the architecture, implementation, and actors’ compliance with mandatory and voluntary sustainability and legality instruments in Indonesian wood value chains. Depi has also worked on several research and training projects for the Indonesian Ministry of Environment and Forestry, collaborating with key international organisations, including MFP (UK-AID), SNV, RECOFTC, GIZ, AHT, and CIFOR-ICRAF.

Depi has contributed actively to the Fenner School of Environment and Society by being an International Student Speaker at ANU Opening Day 2020, HDR International Student Representative 2017-2019, and PhD Induction & Mini Retreat 2018 organiser. Depi is also an active member of Forestry Australia, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Australia, and the Alumni Association of Universitas Gadjah Mada (KAGAMA) Canberra.

Depi received a travel grant from IUFRO in 2022, ANU Vice-Chancellor's Student Leadership Award 2018, Indonesia Endowment Fund for Education (LPDP) Scholarship 2016-2020, FAO & RECOFTC Fellowship 2014-2015, Netherlands Fellowship Programme 2013, and StuNed Scholarship 2011-2013.

Researcher's projects

  • FAO-APFC Project 2023 (with Prof. Peter Kanowski, Prof. Rod Keenan, and Madeline Shelton): Fostering linkages between Sustainable Wood Supply and Forest and Landscape Restoration in Asia and the Pacific
  • The Forests Dialogue 2023-2024 (in collaboration with the Advisory Committee on Sustainable Forest-based Industries of the FAO, hosted by Mulawarman University, and funded by the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry): Engaging the private sector to support ecosystem conservation and restoration to increase biodiversity in Indonesian Borneo
  • ANU Fenner School 2023 (with Prof. Peter Kanowski, Prof. Benjamin Cashore, Dr. Gus Greenstein, et al.): Design Foundations of Environmental Policy Durability: Evidence From Forest Regulations in Australia, Brazil, British Columbia, Indonesia, and New Zealand
  • ANU RegNet School 2022: Governance on the ground: case study of sustainable palm oil value chains in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia


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