This research project, led by Associate Professor Kate Macdonald, is a collaboration between researchers at The University of Melbourne in Australia, Universitas Gajah Mada in Indonesia, the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP), and National Institute for Advanced Studies (IAEN) in Ecuador. This project is funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC).


Kate Macdonald is an Associate Professor in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne. Her research focuses on the politics of transnational production and business, with a particular focus on labour, human rights and environmental regulation of global business. She has published three books and over 50 journal articles and book chapters on these issues. Recent articles have appeared in Regulation & Governance, European Journal of International Relations, Governance, Review of International Political Economy, Philosophy & Public Affairs, International Theory, and Ecological Economics..

Relevant Publications:

Rachael Diprose, Nanang Kurniawan, Kate Macdonald and Poppy Winanti (2020 online early view), “Regulating sustainable minerals in electronics supply chains: local power struggles and the ‘hidden costs’ of global tin supply chain governance”, Review of International Political Economy, pp.1-26 https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/09692290.2020.1814844

Kate Macdonald, 2020, “Private sustainability standards as tools for empowering southern pro-regulatory coalitions? Collaboration, conflict and the pursuit of sustainable palm oil”, Ecological Economics, Special Issue on “Sustainable Commodity Governance and the Global South”, edited by Ben Cashore, Hamish Van Der Ven and Yixian Sun, vol.167, pp.106439-106451 https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0921800919308432

Kate Macdonald, 2020, “The politics of norm domestication in private transnational agri-business regulation”, Environmental Policy and Governance, vol. 30, no. 5, pp. 276-290 https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/eet.1908

Deborah Delgado Pugley is an Associate Professor and researcher at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. She has researched environmental and climate policies at the international and territorial level. She has been representative of the official Peruvian delegation to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) on five occasions, negotiating on the item of technology transfer and land use and change. Her field experience centers around the Amazon regions of Bolivia and Peru, where she has led research teams on climate change, indigenous movementshuman rightsnatural resource management, and gender. In her most recent book, En un ambiente tóxico. Ser madres después de un derrame de petróleo (with Vania Martínez; CLACSO, 2020), she documents the environmental suffering of Indigenous women in the Kukama community of Cuninico (Loreto), after an oil spill created a health and food crisis. 

Relevant Publications:

Collisions or Positive Feedbacks? Discussing clustering of market-mechanisms in subnational governments (Working Paper)

Realist Synthesis Review of how context affects the outcomes of multi-stakeholder forums on land use and/or land-use change. World Development127, 104753.

Jiménez, A., Delgado, D., Merino, R., Argumedo, A. (2022) A decolonial approach to innovation? The Journal of Development Studies 10.1080/00220388.2022.2043281

Paúl Cisneros is an Associate Professor in the School of Government and Public Administration at the National Institute for Advanced Studies in Ecuador. His research focuses on the mechanisms and outcomes of actor collaboration in policy processes related to natural resources. He has published two books and several journal articles and book chapters on these issues. Recent articles have appeared in Review of Policy Research, Ecology & Society, The Iberoamerican of Development Studies and Latin America Policy.

Poppy S. Winanti is a Senior Lecturer at the International Relations Department, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM). Her research interests cover global and regional trade relations in global political economy; conflict and political economy of natural resources and extractive industries; Indonesia’s economic diplomacy; and South-South Cooperation. She holds a PhD in Politics from the University of Glasgow, and two Master’s Degrees (an MSc in International Political Economy from the LSE and an MPP from KDI School of Public Policy). Her recent publications address localizing global norms in extractive industries; resource nationalism; the regulatory framework on IPR in Indonesia; Indonesia-Australia trade relations in the Indo-Pacific Era; and Indonesia’s South-South Cooperation. 

Relevant Publications:

Rachael Diprose, Nanang Kurniawan, Kate Macdonald and Poppy Winanti (2020 online early view), “Regulating sustainable minerals in electronics supply chains: local power struggles and the ‘hidden costs’ of global tin supply chain governance”, Review of International Political Economy, pp.1-26 https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/09692290.2020.1814844

Winanti, P. S & Hasrul, H. (2020). When Global Norms Meet Local Politics: Localising Transparency in Extractive Industries Governance. Environmental Policy and Governance, Vol. 30, Issue 5. PP: 221-290.  https://doi.org/10.1002/eet.1907

Winanti, P. S. & Diprose, R. (2020). Reordering the Extractive Political Settlement: Resource Nationalism, Domestic Ownership and Transnational Bargains in Indonesia. The Extractive Industries and Society, Volume 7, Issue 4, November, pp. 1534 – 1546. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.exis.2020.08.015 

Nanang Indra Kurniawan is a Lecturer at The Department of Politics and Government and the Director of Research Centre for Politics and Government (POLGOV), Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia. He received his PhD from the University of Melbourne, his dissertation research addressing the participatory mapping of customary land and state-making in Central Kalimantan. His research focuses on the politics of natural resources and the construction of political subjects in Indonesia. Since 2017, he has conducted several research projects examining production networks in the tin industry in Bangka-Belitung and the expansion of oil palm plantations in Papua and Kalimantan. His most recent research relates to citizen engagement and transnational resource governance. In Universitas Gadjah Mada, he developed a study concentration on natural resource governance under the Master’s Program of Politics and Governance in which he teaches three courses: Political Ecology, Multilevel Governance and the Politics of Climate Change, and Natural Resource Conflicts and Sustainability.

Relevant Publications:

Kurniawan, N.I, Suryawardhani, I., & Djindan, M. (2022). Oil Palm Plantation Expansion and Frontier-Making in Papua, Indonesia. In “Local Responses to Global Challenges in Southeast Asia – A Transregional Studies Reader. World Scientific Press.

Kurniawan, N. I., Lujala, P., Rye, S. A., & Vela-Almeida, D. (2021). The Role of Local Participation in the Governance of Natural Resource Extraction. The Extractive Industries and Society, 101029.

Diprose, R., MacDonald, K., Kurniawan, N.I., Winanti, P.S. (2020 online early view). “Regulating sustainable minerals in electronics supply chains: local power struggles and the ‘hidden costs’ of global tin supply chain governance”, Review of International Political Economy, pp.1-26 https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/09692290.2020.1814844.

Diprose, R., Kurniawan, N. I., & Macdonald, K. (2019). Transnational policy influence and the politics of legitimation. Governance32(2), 223-240.

Rye, S. A., & Kurniawan, N. I. (2017). Claiming indigenous rights through participatory mapping and the making of citizenship. Political Geography61, 148-159

Bahruddin is a Lecturer in the Department of Social Development and Welfare, Faculty of Social and Sciences, Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia. He obtained his PhD degree from the University of Melbourne in 2020 with the thesis entitled “The effects of Public Voluntary Regulation (PVR) on environmental and social performance in developing country contexts: across sectors and firms in Indonesia”. He also participated in the program Managing Global Governance at the German Development Institute. His research focuses on voluntary sustainability standards, regulatory governance, and environmental regulation. He has also been working as the external expert for the Industrial Environmental Rating Program (PROPER) at the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, and as a consultant for several projects on social impact assessment in the business sector.

Annisa Sabrina Hartoto is a PhD Candidate in Development Studies at the University of Melbourne. Her doctoral research is on women’s collective action and land rights in Indonesia, exploring the gendered nature of development processes, capital accumulation, and women’s empowerment. She obtained her Master’s Degree in Development Studies at The University of Melbourne in 2018 with the support of Australia Awards. She has been involved in various other research projects including a research project on Business and Human Rights in Indonesia and a research project on gender, collective action and governance in rural Indonesia. Annisa is also a member of the Melbourne Social Equity Institute Doctoral Academy, as well as a past intern at the Digital Studio at the Faculty of Arts.

Dámaris Herrera Salazar is an international research and project management assistant. She is currently a Research and Communication Assistant at GRRIPP in Latin America & the Caribbean. She is also a Social Protection and Livelihoods Technical Assistant at the Prosperity & Reduction Poverty Area at UNDP Peru. She is interested in development studies, sustainable rural livelihoods, gender & habitat studies, and global value chains. Her current research activities are related to environmental leadership of rural youth women funded by the ILC (International Land Coalition), market-driven sustainable commodity value chains (the present project), and women informal market vendors’ financial inclusion, funded by the Interamerican Development Bank (IDB). Damaris received a Sociology Bachelor’s degree from PUCP.

Cristhian Parrado is an anthropologist specializing in cities, land policies, and climate change in Latin America. His research experience relates to issues of sustainable urban development, citizen participation, social integration, social housing and urban mobility, among other related themes. He is currently working on environmental public policy, regulatory governance, and the SDGs. He has published several academic papers on cities in the Global South, specifically in Ecuador and Colombia.

Relevant Publications:

Gómez, J., Parrado, C. et al. 2021. “Community perception and communication of volcanic risk from the Cotopaxi volcano in Latacunga, Ecuador”. Sustainability 13 (4): 1714. https://www.mdpi.com/2071-1050/13/4/1714

Parrado, C. 2020. “La accesibilidad en debate: ¿localizar vivienda social en áreas centrales de Bogotá?”. Cuadernos de Vivienda y Urbanismo 13: 1-18. https://revistas.javeriana.edu.co/index.php/cvyu/article/view/32018

Parrado. 2020. “Proximidad espacial e integración social: aportes y debates desde Quito”. Territorios 43: 1-31.https://revistas.urosario.edu.co/index.php/territorios/article/view/7296

Parrado, C. y A. Cevallos. 2018. “Fantamas na teoría urbana contemporânea? Notas para reivindicar uma atitude crítica”. Plural 25 (2): 150-162. https://www.revistas.usp.br/plural/article/view/145913