About ANU Indonesia Project

ANU Indonesia Project is a leading international centre of research and graduate training on the society and economy of Indonesia. For over 50 years it has been at the forefront of Indonesian studies in Australia and worldwide.

The Project was established in 1965 by H.W. Arndt in response to profound changes in the Indonesian economic and political landscape. Initially comprising a small group of Indonesia-focused economists, it has since grown into an interdisciplinary research centre. Researching economic change is still at its heart, but the Project now brings together academics, students, policymakers and leaders from a range of disciplines and countries to discuss the multitude of issues in Indonesia’s growth and development.

The Project has helped build greater understanding between Indonesia and Australia and fostered important relations between Indonesian and Australian scholars, students and policymakers.


The Indonesia Project aims to influence the creation of stronger, research-based public policies in Indonesia—especially in the areas of economic development, human capital, regional development, poverty, governance, environment and social development—by producing and disseminating quality research, conducting public dialogue, building institutional capacity and establishing institutional networks.



The Indonesia Project is housed in the Arndt–Corden Department of Economics, a key ANU centre for applied research on economic development in Asia and the Pacific. The department is part of ANU Crawford School of Public Policy, Australia’s premier institution for interdisciplinary research on public policy in the region.

The Project holds activities in both Australia and Indonesia.


The Indonesia Project obtains its core funding from The Australian National University. Since 1980, it has also received an annual grant from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Most recently this has been through the Australian Aid Program.


The ANU Indonesia Project News and Commentary blog encourages discussion of the Indonesian economy and the economic policies and events that influence its performance. It does so by publishing short essays relating to recently released economic data, government policy announcements, reports and analyses, or simply by presenting new ideas on Indonesian economics for consideration.

Most essays are contributed by Indonesia Project staff and their colleagues in Indonesia and around the world, but it  is open to anybody to propose an essay for publication or to comment on published essays. Please click on the RSS Feed button in the sidebar if you would like automatic notification of new posts.

The site is moderated by Indonesia Project staff in order to avoid the publication of essays and comments that do not meet the standards of proper academic discourse. Your Comments will be visible to you, but not to other users, until they have been approved by the Moderator. We will endeavour to accept or reject Comments within a day or two of submission. Comments will not be published unless they make a substantive contribution to the discussion in question.

Essays are notionally limited to 800 words. Comments are limited to 200 words.

The blog is also used as a means of providing brief information about the Indonesia Project and its activities e.g. the bi-annual newsletter, Indonesia Project News, what’s new in the latest issue of BIES, abstracts of forthcoming and recent ISG meetings, and reporting on activities like the Update conference, special lectures, workshops and  book launches.