MA N (Nadya) Karimasari

MA N (Nadya) Karimasari

PhD Candidate, Promovendus

Hi, I'm Nadya. I love research and I would like to do it for the rest of my life. By formation, I'm a mix of sociology and anthropology, a mix of agrarian studies and political ecology. From my previous school up to now, I have an academic "lineage" in which I inherit a strong legacy of political economy and critical approach (ever since Jun Borras supervised my master theses). But, as a novice, I am always open minded to other approaches.

For my PhD, I am doing a multisited ethnography in Gunung Leuser National Park, Sumatra, Indonesia, focusing in Southeast Aceh regency. I am looking at the tension between smallholders who farm (and live) inside the national park, and conservation agencies who try to intervene smallholders' labour practices with various interventions such as ecosystem restoration/providing alternative livelihoods/social forestry. I have word limit to talk about it here, but feel free to contact me if you're interested to hear more!

Previously, I have done long-term research on the political economy of forest sector in Indonesia (2014), the forest tenure reform in Indonesia (2013), the social economic recovery of disaster victims in Mount Merapi (2012), and transnational agrarian and environmental movement's campaign against deforestation (2011). I have also published on youth and agriculture (2014), ASEAN environmental issue (2014), resettlement of Mount Merapi disaster victims (2015), a tribute to Ellen Meiskins Wood (2016) and the market-imperative of capitalism (2017). I have also done several short-term research projects on the issue of food, environment and agrarian activism. Since 2011, I actively volunteer at agrarian movements in Indonesia, especially as an interpreter. I also translated Tania Li's latest book, Land's End, into Bahasa Indonesia.

In Spring 2017, I assisted Rob Fletcher in teaching the Master level "Research Methodology" class in Wageningen University, specializing in ethnography. I also co-supervised Master student's thesis, especially for those who study Indonesia.

You can read my personal blog here. I am also a regular blogger at Wageningen University website, Resource online. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you would like to have further conversation.