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The Australian National University

Dr Ross Tapsell

PhD (Wollongong) BA Hons (Sydney)
Lecturer, Asian Studies, School of Culture, History & Language
ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
T: 6125 3677

Areas of expertise

  • Studies Of Asian Society 169903
  • Asian History 210302

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

Convergence and media freedom in Indonesia and Malaysia Media freedom in Papua provincesNew media, new politics in Indonesia: the rise of Joko Widodo  

Current student projects

A'an Suryana  - Religious freedom in Indonesia

Evi Eliyanah - Contemporary Indonesian women film-makers

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Updated:  17 April 2014 / Responsible Officer:  Pro VC (Research and Research Training) / Page Contact:  Researchers