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Online forum: Researching in Indonesia without fieldwork in an age of COVID-19.


Dr. Amalinda Savirani, Universitas Gadjah Mada; Assoc. Prof. John McCarthy, ANU; Ms Lila Sari, ANU; Dr Eva Nisa, ANU




Thursday, 29 April, 2021 - 14:00 to 15:30

This online forum is designed for researchers whose work in Indonesia has been impacted by COVID-19.

It will explore how to design and implement research options to substitute for fieldwork for those unable to travel due to restrictions, as well as alternate options for face-to-face interviews for researchers based in the country.

A panel of speakers from the ANU and beyond, including both senior researchers and PhD students, will address these issues and answer the following questions: 

  • How are researchers adapting to these challenges?
  • What substitute methods are they using?
  • How effective are online interviews, social media research and similar alternatives?
  • What are the ethical implications of moving research online or trying to work with research assistants?
  • Can ethnographic and qualitative research survive in an era of COVID-19?


Aliza Hunt, Centre for Mental Health Research at the Australian National University (ANU).


Dr. Amalinda Savirani, Department of Politics and Government, Universitas Gadjah Mada

Assoc. Prof. John McCarthy, Crawford School of Public Policy (ANU)

Ms Lila Sari, Bell School of Asia-Pacific Affairs (ANU)

Dr Eva Nisa, School of Culture, History and Languages (ANU)

Please join us to share your own experiences, or to pick up tips and helpful advice.




Naomi Oxenham

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