Dr Nicolaas Warouw

Program Convenor of Indonesian Studies
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
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Nicolaas Warouw has taught and conducted research in social science, particularly in the area of industrial labour in Indonesia, from labour activism to labour's engagement in local politics. His research for Ph.D in anthropology at the Australian National University (2004) was an ethnography of manufacturing workers and modernity in western Java. He was a postdoc fellow at the Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Carribean Studies (KITLV) in Leiden, the Netherlands, from 2009 to 2010. Before joining UNSW Canberra in 2013, he was teaching at department of anthropology, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia.

Courses Taught:
  • ZHSS3505 Gender, Class, Society in Indonesia
  • ZHSS2506 Development Policies and Social Contexts in Indonesia
  • ZHSS2306 Special Studies 2: Civil-State-Military Relations in Indonesia
  • ZHSS1301/2 Indonesian 1A/B
Research Interests / Projects

Politics and lifestyle of Indonesian industrial labour, anthropology of climate change and natural disaster, local politics in Indonesia

Areas of Potential Postgraduate Supervision

  • labour issues
  • local community and environment
  • agency and local politics in post-authoritarian Indonesia

Book Chapters

Warouw N, 2018, 'Women workers and urban imagination in Indonesia's industrial town', in Padawangi R (ed.), Routledge Handbook of Urbanization in Southeast Asia, Routledge, pp. 157 - 167, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781315562889

Padawangi R, 2018, 'Routledge Handbook of Urbanization in Southeast Asia', in , Routledge, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781315562889

Warouw N, 2016, 'Industrial Labour: Southeast Asia', in Encyclopedia-of-women-and-islamic-cultures online, edn. Spring 2016, BrillOnline Reference Works, http://referenceworks.brillonline.com/entries/encyclopedia-of-women-and-islamic-cultures/industrial-labour-southeast-asia-COM_002056

Warouw N, 2014, 'Working class revisited: Class relations in Indonesian provincial town', in Klinken G; Berenschot W (ed.), In Search of Middle Indonesia Middle Classes in Provincial Towns, BRILL, Leiden and Boston, pp. 49 - 67, http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/9789004263437_004

Edwards L, 2008, 'Series editor's foreword', in Women and Work in Indonesia, pp. xi, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9780203932360

Journal articles

Warouw N, 2016, 'Negotiating modernity: Women workers, Islam and urban trajectory in Indonesia', Islam and Christian–Muslim Relations, vol. 27, pp. 283 - 302, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09596410.2016.1177974

Warouw N, 2006, 'Community-based agencies as the entrepreneur's instruments of control in Post-Soeharto's Indonesia', Asia Pacific Business Review, vol. 12, pp. 193 - 207, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13602380500532313

Conference Posters

Dokos S; Kelaiah I; Vicente Cristobal H; Combe-Germes V; Duffy M; Howlin P; Ulman L; Mount G; de Permentier P; Shin G-H; Iida S; Marden N; Lackerstein D; Eli A; Warouw N, (eds.), 2018, 'A UNSW Community-Driven Portal for Online Education Resources', Sydney, presented at Partners in Learning: Connecting Communities, Sydney, 26 October 2018 - 26 October 2018, https://teaching.unsw.edu.au/sites/default/files/upload-files/staff/Poster%20eBooklet%202018%20(web%20version).pdf