Tom Power
BIR (ANU)

Tom Power completed his Bachelor of International Studies with 1st class Honours at the University of Queensland, where he was also awarded the University Medal for 2013. He commenced his PhD candidature at the Australian National University’s Department of Political and Social Change in 2014. His PhD research is focused on Indonesian political parties, and particularly the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI Perjuangan).

Prior to completing his undergraduate studies, Tom spent a year working with the Education Department of Central Java (Dinas Pendidikan Provinsi Jawa Tengah). He also participated in the Australia-Indonesia Youth Exchange Program in 2010-11. Tom is an alumnus of the Australian Consortium for In-Country Indonesian Studies’ (ACICIS) field research exchange program, which he undertook at Universitas Muhammadiyah Malang in 2012.

Tom is contactable at thomas.power@anu.edu.au, or via twitter @tpjpower.

Thesis Title/Topic
Indonesian Parties in Government and Opposition: The Cases of PDI-P and PKS
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Dyah Kartika
BPSYH (UI), MA Development Stud. (EUR)

Dyah Ayu Kartika commenced her PhD studies in the Department of Political and Social Change, ANU Coral Bell School of Asia and Pacific Affairs, in February 2023. She worked as a researcher for the Center for the Study of Religion and Democracy-PUSAD Paramadina (2018-2020) and the Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict-IPAC (2020-2023). She also took part as a fellow for New Mandala, an academic blog hosted by the Australian National University, to provide analysis on gender issues during Indonesia’s 2019 election. She completed previous degrees from the University of Indonesia (Bachelor of Psychology, cumlaude) and the Institute of Social Studies (ISS), Erasmus University (MA in Development Studies).

Thesis Title/Topic
Anti-Gender Mobilisation in Indonesia and Its Implications for Democracy
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Theresa Meki

Dr Theresa Meki is a Pacific Research Fellow with the Department of Pacific Affairs, Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs.

Her research focuses on women’s presence and vote share in Papua New Guinea’s election history. She is interested in elections and women’s political representation in Melanesia more broadly. Her PhD research explored women’s political participation in Papua New Guinea’s 2017 national election from a gendered perspective.

Prior to commencing her candidature with DPA in 2015, Theresa worked as a field producer and research assistant for the DFAT funded Pawa Meri film project, a partnership between the Victoria University, Melbourne and the University of Goroka in Papua New Guinea.

Research Interest

Theresa's research focuses on women’s presence and vote share in Papua New Guinea’s election history. She is interested in elections and women’s political representation in Melanesia more broadly.