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Prof Brenda S.A. Yeoh is Professor (Provost’s Chair), Department of Geography, as well as the Director of Humanities and Social Science Research (DHSSR) in the Office of Deputy President (Research & Technology), National University of Singapore. She is also the Research Leader of the Asian Migration Cluster at the Asia Research Institute, NUS. Her research interests include the politics of space in colonial and postcolonial cities and she also has considerable experience working on a wide range of migration research in Asia, including key themes such as cosmopolitanism and highly skilled talent migration; gender, social reproduction and care migration; migration, national identity and citizenship issues; globalising universities and international student mobilities; and cultural politics, family dynamics and international marriage migrants. She has published widely in these fields.


Dr Lucy P. Jordan BA, MSW, PhD received her MSW at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and went on to complete her doctorate at the University of Washington, Seattle, Washington. She is now Assistant Professor at the Department of Social Work and Social Administration, the University of Hong Kong. Her research interests include mobility and migration, family change and youth studies, social policy and development, social protection strategies, poverty reduction, and comparative perspective.


Dr Lothar Smith is assistant professor at Radboud University, the Netherlands. He is also member of the advisory board at the African Studies Centre, a member of the Steering Committee for Transnational Synergy for Cooperation and Development (TRANSCODE), an editorial board member for the Journal of African Mobility Review, and Visiting Researcher at the African Centre for Migration & Society. His specific expertise is on transnational flows and processes between Europe and sub-Saharan Africa, with a special interest in the migration-development research field. At present, his research is concerned with the position of migrants and their collective involvement in development cooperation in their countries of origin. In other research initiatives, special interest has been given to frontier processes related to the changing social configurations such as gender balance, local resource management, etc.


Dr Maruja Milagros B. Asis is Director of Research and Publications at the Scalabrini Migration Center, based in Manila, Philippines. She is a sociologist who has long been working on international migration and social change in Asia. Her areas of interest and research include gender, family and migration; migration and development; and migration governance. She recently completed work on Philippines–Europe migration, and interrelations between public policy, migration and development in the Philippines. She is co-editor of the Asian and Pacific Migration Journal. She has authored various publications and participated in many international conferences.


Dr Sukamdi, MSc got his master's degree of Population Studies at Florida State University, Florida, United States. He complete his Doctor of Social Sciences at Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands. He is currently a lecturer at the Faculty of Geography, Universitas Gadjah Mada, as well as senior researcher at the Center for Population and Policy Studies, Universitas Gadjah Mada. His research interests include migration, population, labour force, family planning, monitoring and evaluation, and poverty. He has been a consultant to the World Bank, IOM, UNFPA, and ADB. He has also been actively involved in many international workshops and seminars.


Dr Dewi H. Susilastuti earned her master's degree at the Department of Sociology, Florida State University, and her doctoral degree at the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Florida State University. She is currently a lecturer at the School of Graduate Studies, Universitas Gadjah Mada, and researcher at the Center for Population and Policy Studies, Universitas Gadjah Mada. Her research interests include gender issues, women's empowerment, reproductive health, child protection, and sexuality. She has been a consultant for the German Development Cooperation (GTZ Office Indonesia) and United Nations Development Programme, with a focus on women's participation and gender issues.


Dr Agus Joko Pitoyo is a lecturer at the faculty of geography and a researcher at the Center for Population and Policy Studies, Universitas Gadjah Mada. He earned his master's degree at the Department of Population and Health Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Science and Humanities, Mahidol University, Thailand. He completed his doctoral degree at the Department of International Migration and Development Studies, Faculty of Geography, Universitas Gadjah Mada. His research interests include migration, population, reproductive health and poverty. Some of his research on has included "Regional Development in Border Areas: Fighting against Trafficking and Smuggling", held by the Ministry of Transmigration and Labour, as well as "Child Health and Migrant Parents in Southeast Asia". He is also an expert on statistical analysis and the use of statistics software such as SPSS, STATA, CS Pro, and ISSA.


Dr Evita Hanie Pangaribowo earned a master's degree in international and development economics at the Australian National University. She complete her doctoral studies in agricultural economics at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms- Universität, Bonn.  Currently, she is an academic fellow and researcher at the Department of Environmental Geography, Universitas Gadjah Mada, as well as a researcher at the Center for Population and Policy Studies, Universitas Gadjah Mada. Her research areas include agricultural policies, water, sanitation, hygiene, health and nutrition in developing countries, poverty, household survey-based studies. Her research has covered such areas as Bangladesh (a research collaboration with BRAC, ICDDRB, Rajshahi Medical School, and IFPRI Dhaka), Ethiopia (a research collaboration with the Ethiopian Economics Association and Welthungerhilfe), Ghana (a research collaboration with ISSER and IWMI), India (a research collaboration with the Indian Institute of Public Health, Gandhinagar), and Indonesia. Among her publications are "Food Security Program in the Time of Economic Crisis: a lesson to learn from Indonesia", " Food and Nutrition Security Indicators: A Review", and "Analysis on Comparative Advantage of Agriculture Sector in Kulon Progo Regency".


Anis Hidayah, M.Hum is an Indonesian activist who works with migrant workers and human right issues. Her work has been recognised by Human Rights Watch in Toronto with the Alison Des Forges Award (2011) and by the Center for Human Rights Studies with the Yap Thiam Hien Award for Human Rights (2014). In 2004, Hidayah co-founded the non-governmental organisation Migrant Care to advocate for immigrant Indonesians working abroad. This organisation has pressed lawmakers to draft reforms that protect migrant labourers and provide legal services for women who have experienced violence or abuse, including situations which place them in debt bondage. It has also maintained a database and established service centres in areas with high migrant exodus rates to educate people about the pitfalls and their rights, and to track workers and help their families.


Aree Jampaklay, PhD is an associate professor at the Institute for Population and Social Research (IPSR), Mahidol University, Thailand. He obtained a master's degree in sociology from the University of North Carolina and in population and social research from Mahidol University. His doctoral degree was obtained from the University of North Carolina. As a lecturer, he has taught Applied Social Research, Family Demography, Techniques of Demographic Analysis, Research Methodology, Statistic and Computers for Social Science. His research interests include migration, health, and poverty, as reflected in his research themes and publications.


Dr Rosalia Sciortino earned her doctorate at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, with honours. She is currently associate professor at the Institute for Population and Social Research, Mahidol University, Thailand. She has served as IDRC Regional Director for Southeast and East Asia in Singapore (2010–2014), Senior Adviser to the Australian Agency for International Development in Indonesia (20092010), and Regional Director for Asia of the Rockefeller Foundation (20002007), establishing during her tenure the foundation’s Southeast Asia Office in Bangkok. Prior to that, she was the programme officer for the Gender, Human Development, and Reproductive Health at the Indonesia and Philippines offices of the Ford Foundation from 1993 to 2000. She has also acted as a consultant for international and regional organisations, as an adviser for non-profit organisations, and as a visiting professor at various Southeast Asian and Dutch universities. She has published widely on development issues in Southeast Asia, particularly gender, social health, migration, and regional integration in the Greater Mekong Sub-region and ASEAN. A native of Palermo, Italy, she fluently speaks Italian, Dutch, English and Indonesian.


Dr Theodora Lam is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore (NUS). She obtained her Ph.D. in Geography from NUS and her dissertation focused on understanding changing gender subjectivities, the web of care and relationships within the family in the wake of transnational labour migration. Her research interests cover transnational migration, children's geographies and gender studies in Southeast Asia, and she has also published on themes relating to migration, citizenship and education. Theodora is currently involved in several multi-country research projects including Child Health and Migrant Parents in Southeast Asia (CHAMPSEA) and Migrating out of Poverty Research Programme Consortium (MOoP).


Dr Silvia Mila Arlini is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Asian Migration Cluster. She received her Ph.D. in Southeast Asian Studies from National University of Singapore and her doctoral research analysed the problem of smuggling that plagues the Indonesian clothing industry. She also received a Master degree in Public Policy from National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, Japan and a Bachelors degree in Economics from Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia. Prior to that, Dr Arlini worked as a lecturer and an economic researcher in Indonesia. She also involved in the development of macroeconomic model for Indonesian Ministry of Finance. Her research interests are ranging from social economic development issues to policy issues, around the topic of poverty, migration, remittance, family relationship, well-being and education of left-behind children. While at ARI, she is working collaboratively with international research team from Southeast Asia, Hong Kong, and the UK on the mixed-method studies under the project of Migrating Out of Poverty (MOOP) and Child Health and Migrant Parents in Southeast Asia (CHAMPSEA) Wave 2. She has been involving in both quantitative phase and also qualitative phase of study in two study areas, Indonesia and the Philippines.


Dr Erwan Agus Purwanto is a lecturer at the Department of Public Policy and Management (PPM), Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Universitas Gadjah Mada (Fisipol-UGM). He has served as dean of his faculty since 2012. He got both his BA in public administration (1992) and MSc in policy science (1997) from Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta. He received his PhD in social science from the Amsterdam School for Social Science Research (ASSR), Faculty of Social and Political Science, University of Amsterdam, in 2004. He teaches public policy analysis, research methodology, and disaster management in the undergraduate and graduate programmes of public policy and management. Currently, he is conducting research on local government transparency and Indonesian administrative reform. E-mail:


Dr Tyas Retno Wulan is chair of the Department of Sociology, Universitas Jendral Soedirman. She received her master's degree in sociology at Universitas Gadjah Mada and went on to complete her doctorate in rural sociology at the Bogor Agricultural Institute. Her research expertise is on sociology and gender, and her research interests include migration, health, and poverty. She has helped formulate efforts for public policy or social engineering, including 1) "Empowerment of Migrant Workers with the Strengthening of Social Remittances in Banyumas, Wonosobo (Indonesia) and Hong Kong", 2) "Models of Protection and Empowerment for Village Heads to Prevent Trafficking and Promote Safe Migration in Banyumas", 3) "Model of Empowerment of Former Migrant Workers with Alternative Economic Development and Entrepreneurship Training in Banyumas". In recognition of her contribution, she has been was awarded the Masri Singarimbun Research Award for her study "Mut’ah Marriage Among Women Shia Citizens in Central Java" from Universitas Gadjah Mada and Ford Foundation and the Indonesian Scholar Dissertation from the International Education Foundation and Ford Foundation.

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