About me

mdeHi, 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; 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 structuralism and critical approach (since Jun Borras supervised my master theses). But, as a novice, I am open minded to other approaches, especially now being in Wageningen University with a tradition of actor-oriented approach and legal pluralism.

Obviously, I would not be here without the generous support, knowledge sharing, and friendship from a long list of creative minds, passionate soul, and dedicated people. This blog is intended as a tribute to the memories of moments I shared with them. It is also a logbook of my nonlinear creative learning process as my research unfolds and myself evolves. It is called “Idyllic Fieldnotes” not to sugarcoat the challenging process of doing research, but because I am currently doing my PhD in an idyllic countryside of the Netherlands.

My PhD project is an ethnography of relationship between community rangers and farmers within and adjacent to Gunung Leuser National Park, Aceh, Indonesia. I am curious about conservation labour regime, especially within the context of agrarian transformation in a place where “mainstream” conservation has been entangled with the particularities of the local who have a collective trauma of tsunami, three decades of civil conflict, and Islamic normativity.

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.

image1I love eating (I am lucky that my husband is a very very great cook), blogging (I have been blogging since high school and writing diary since childhood), cycling, getting lost, and reading … especially fiction (but no time for that now). I also blog for Wageningen University website, Resource Online. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you would like to have further conversation.

Photo credit, first photo: Bram Jansen, second photo: Farwiza