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Dr Ross Tapsell

PhD (Wollongong) BA Hons (Sydney)
Lecturer in Asian Studies School of Culture, History & Language
ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

Areas of expertise

  • Studies Of Asian Society 169903
  • Communication And Media Studies 2001

Research interests

Indonesia; Malaysia; media; journalism; history; Australia-Indonesia relations


Ross Tapsell researches the media in Indonesia and Malaysia.He was a recipient of the Australian Government Endeavour Postdoctorate Award, where he conducted research on press freedom and media ownership in Indonesia. He has been a Visiting Fellow at The University of Indonesia, Airlangga University (Surabaya) and the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (Jakarta). He has also worked with The Jakarta Post and the Lombok Post.  Ross began lecturing at the School of Culture, History and Language in 2011.

Researcher's projects

Digital media in Indonesia and Malaysia;

Media ownership and politics 

Australia-Indonesia relations

Current student projects

A'an Suryana  - Religious freedom in Indonesia

Evi Eliyanah - Contemporary Indonesian women film-makers


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Updated:  28 March 2015 / Responsible Officer:  Director (Research Services Division) / Page Contact:  Researchers