MA N (Nadya) Karimasari

MA N (Nadya) Karimasari

PhD Candidate

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 inside the national park, and conservation agencies - who come up with various interventions such as ecosystem restoration/providing alternative livelihoods/social forestry - all of which are trying to intervene the smallholders' labour practices.

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 done several short-term research projects on the issue of food 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.

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.