Edwin de Jong

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Phone: 31 24-361.3059/58
E-mail: edwin.dejong@ru.nl 
Postal address: P.O. Box 9104. 6500 HE, Nijmegen
Visiting address: Thomas van Aquinostraat 4
Seminar series: Page at CAOS English

Edwin de Jong is Assistant Professor at the Department of Cultural Anthropology and Development Studies at Radboud University, The Netherlands. He is currently (2021-2025) heading the interdisciplinary programme ‘Resilient Indonesian Slums Envisioned (RISE): Building an inclusive governance with people and water to make social-ecological interactions more resilient to water-related disasters’, financed by NWO-WOTRO/RISTEK-BRIN. His research interest is in social-ecological interaction processes that affect local people’s livelihoods, wellbeing and control over land terrestrial and aquatic resources, using a mixed methods type of approach. His most recent work on these subjects has been published in the Journals Sustainability, Maritime Studies, Ecology and Society, International Journal of Sustainability Policy and Practice, Critical Asian Studies, Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, Wetlands and the Asian Journal of Social Science.

Research grants/projects

  • 2021 – NWO/RISTEK-BRIN grant ‘Resilient Indonesian Slums Envisioned (RISE): Building an inclusive governance with people and water to make social-ecological interactions more resilient to water-related disasters’, Principal Investigator (2021-2025).
  • 2020 – KNAW-ANGIN Exploration grant ‘Community Resilience, Mobility and Compounding Crises: the case of the Aftermath in Aceh’, co-applicant (Social Geography, RU, main applicant).
  • 2018 – KNAW-ANGIN Exploration grant ‘Thriving Societies, Healthy Waters. An interdisciplinary approach to achieve water-driven socio-ecological resilience in Indonesia’, Main Applicant.
  • 2017 – LPDP grant ‘Fishing under scrutiny: European Fishing Communities under Common Fisheries Policy, Supervisor, PhD-student Des Christy (2017-2021).
  • 2013 –KNAW-SPIN/DIKTI/RU/NUFFIC grant ‘New Indonesian Frontiers: Stuck between market, state, civil society and the contest over natural resources’, Main Applicant (2013-2019, 7 PhD students).
  • 2011 – Starting grant for Joint Research project ‘New Indonesian Frontiers’ (Main applicant).
  • 2010 – KNAW Dissemination grant ‘Knowledge Transfer Adapting to Water Change’ (Main applicant).
  • 2010 – NWO-ALW Dissemination grant ‘Knowledge Transfer Adapting to Water Change’ (Main applicant).
  • 2008 – NWO-WOTRO grant ‘Conflicts over Natural Resources in Indonesia’ Matchmaking Participation & Travel grant (Hanoi, Vietnam), main applicant
  • 2006 – NWO-ALW grant ‘Adapting to Water change: Social-Ecological Resilience and Livelihood Innovation as a Consequence of Aquatic-Ecological Change and Changing Water Regimes of the Mahakam River, East Kalimantan, Indonesia, Postdoc Researcher together with Gerben Nooteboom (Main applicant) (2006-2008).
  • 2001 – KNAW financed PhD project ‘Coping with Crises in Tana Toraja’ (2001-2005), as part of the SPIN programme ‘Indonesia in Transition’).


  • Contemporary theories of societies and change
  • Regional specialization Southeast Asia
  • Social Aspects of Water Management
  • Research Design
  • Advanced Research Methods
  • Comparative methodology
  • Qualitative and Ethnographic Methodology

Selected publications:

2020   Jong, de Edwin B.P and Kimberly Kuipers. Perceptions of Change: Adopting the Concept of Livelihood Styles for a More Inclusive Approach to ‘Building with Nature’. Sustainability, 12 (23), doi: 10011http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/su122310011

2018   Yuliani, E.L., E.B.P. de Jong, L. Knippenberg, D.O. Bakara, A.M. Salim and T. Sunderland. To give or to keep: community responses to logging and oil palm expansion in Kalimantan, Indonesia. Ecology and Society, 23(4): 49, doi: 10.5751/ES-10640-230449

2017   Jong, de E.B.P., L. Knippenberg and L. Bakker. New Frontiers:  An enriched perspective on extraction frontiers in Indonesia, Critical Asian Studies 49 (3): 330-348, doi: 10.1080/14672715.2017.1333267

2017   Jong, de E.B.P. and A. Twikromo. Friction within Harmony: Everyday dynamics and negotiation of diversity in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Journal of Southeast Asian Studies 48 (1): 71-90.

2015   Jong, E.B.P. de, A.M.J. Ragas, G. Nooteboom, M. Mursidi. Changing Water Quality in the Middle Mahakam Lakes: Water Quality Trends in a Context of Rapid Deforestation, Mining and Palm Oil Plantation Development in Indonesia's Middle Mahakam wetlands, Wetlands 35(4): 733-744, doi: 10.1007/s13157-015-0665-z

2013   Jong, de E.B.P. Making a Living between Crises and Ceremonies in Tana Toraja. The Practice of Everyday Life of a South Sulawesi Highland Community in Indonesia. Leiden/Boston: BRILL.

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