Vidhyandika Djati Perkasa

Position : Head of Department of Politics and Social Change


Vidhyandika Djati Perkasa is currently a Head of the Department of Politics and Social Change CSIS, Jakarta Indonesia. He is also the chief editor of Analisis journal, CSIS.

Vidhyandika has also been involved in a research sponsored by IDRC titled ‘Global Migration and Access to justice for Indonesian Domestic Women Workers’. The project was conducted by the Centre for Women and Gender Study, the University of Indonesia. The research has enabled Vidhyandika and his teammates to conduct a one-month research in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, UAE where he observed the life-style and problems faced by Indonesian domestic workers residing there.

For the past seven years, Vidhyandika has been conducting intensive research in the areas of conflict, governance and social accountability. His main research area is in Papua. Vidhyandika has worked intensively with elements of civil society and government to promote better governance. He has also been involved in a research sponsored by UNDP to mapped social accountability initiatives in   Indonesia. His current research sponsored by UNDEF deals with effort to empower civil society group to promote social accountability in Papua.


Vidhyandika Perkasa received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology at the Faculty of Letters, Gadjah Mada University in 1992. His thesis probed into traders’ economic rationality, which was written with a life history method. In 1995, he obtained his Master degree from the Department of Social Policy and Planning in Developing Countries at the London School of Economics and Political Science, United Kingdom.

He obtained his PhD at the Department of Anthropology, School of Political and Social Inquiry at the Faculty of Arts, Monash University Australia in 2005. His doctoral research concerns poverty issues amongst Chinese community in West Java Indonesia. His thesis explores the links between poverty, race, ethnicity and identity, and how the poor Chinese community there deals with the vicious circle of poverty. His dissertation has been published by Lambert Academic Publishing, Germany in 2010 titled ‘Poverty in a Chinese Community in West Java Indonesia: Survival, Identity and Social Face’.

Research Interest : Governance, Ethnic Relations and Minority Issues, Conflict, Poverty, Migrant Workers

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