Research Profile: A fearless fascination April 15, 2017 Dr Jacqui Baker is an expert on power and politics in Indonesia. Fearless is a word that comes to mind when you meet Dr Jacqui Baker. The sentiment is evident in her ABC Radio National documentary Eat Pray Mourn: Crime and Punishment in Jakarta, a blunt look at life in the slums, vigilante justice and human perseverance. “At the heart of my research is an exploration of how power is negotiated in Indonesia, including police corruption and the somewhat blurry line between certain state actors and criminal interests,” she said. Despite this often dark focus, her relationship with the country is much more ambiguous, with frustration offset by a fascination which began as an undergraduate. “I first went to Yogyakarta on exchange through the Australian Consortium for 'In-Country' Indonesian Studies (ACICIS) Study Indonesia program, founded at Murdoch by Professor David Hill,” she said. “I became infused with, and infected by, the country, with its chaos and colour and the life of the people, who were entering a new political life after the fall of Suharto.” Following a PhD at the London School of Economics and Political Science, Dr Baker embraced a position with Murdoch’s Asia Research Centre (ARC). “There is a deep and established academic canon of thought at the ARC, one crafted and nurtured over the past 25 years. I feel part of a living legacy.” Print This Post Media contact: Pepita Smyth Tel: (08) 9360 1289 | Mobile: 0417 171 551 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Categories: General, Research, Asia Research Centre Research, International Tags: abc radio national, asia research centre, australian consortium for in-country indonesian studies, indonesia, jacqui baker, jakarta, london school of economicsomics, politics Leave a comment Name (required) Mail (will not be published) (required) Website You can use these tags : <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong> We read every comment and will make every effort to approve each new comment within one working day. To ensure speedy posting, please keep your comments relevant to the topic of discussion, free of inappropriate language and in-line with the editorial integrity of this newsroom. If not, your comments may not be published. Thanks for commenting!