Suraya Afiff

Suraya Afiff
University of Indonesia | UI · Anthropology

PhD

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August 2007 - January 2017
University of Indonesia
Position
  • Head of Department
January 2005 - present
University of Indonesia
Position
  • Head of the Research Center

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Publications (26)
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While land remains a critical element of diversified rural livelihoods across the Global South, especially during crises, mounting inequalities and enduring rural vulnerability lead to demands for redress. In response, rival reform ideas have emerged concerning how to improve land governance, drive rural development and rectify distributional injus...
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Labor migration and large-scale land enclosures are increasingly central to the story of agrarian change throughout the Global South. Nonetheless, there remain limited understandings of how recent explosions of mobile labor and new sources of smallholder capital shape and are shaped by ongoing land use and property transformations. This article rev...
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This article aims to explain why the adat movement activists in Indonesia could expand their campaigns for state recognition of adat community rights to activities from within the state apparatus. We argue that three combined processes have contributed to the conjuncture that made institutional activism possible: the preparation of the 2014 nationa...
Technical Report
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Conflict over land and natural resources in Indonesia is a phenomenon very much like the tip of an iceberg – with a number of issues and factors that are invisible above the surface. Land-use and resource management conflicts are closely tied to the rapid increase in demand for land by a variety of interests, particularly large scale industrial exp...
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As Indonesia's REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation) program unfolds, it is transforming people and places in unexpected ways, and reconfiguring human and non-human processes. In this paper we recognize that forest carbon governance is about much more than carbon. Reflecting on observations from research in Indonesia,...
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Neoliberal conservation encompasses initiatives and measures depending upon market mechanisms to achieve conservation objectives. Such mechanisms have transformed aspects of nature and its care into commodities to produce a ‘green economy’ as the basis of conservation and sustainable development. Although many such programmes have been subjected to...
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This study aims to gain an understanding on a process by which a group can survive. This research applies qualitative and ethnographic methods in the form of case study of one community group in Central Kalimantan that was formed to abtain social forestry permit with Hutan Kemasyarakatan scheme. This study traces internal and external dynamics that...
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This study aims to gain an understanding on a process by which a group can survive. This research applies qualitative and ethnographic methods in the form of case study of one community group in Central Kalimantan that was formed to abtain social forestry permit with Hutan Kemasyarakatan scheme. This study traces internal and external dynamics that...
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The contributions in this special issue are based on the general assumption that political and economic decisions always have an ecological impact and that societies have always transformed, (re-)produced, manufactured, and crafted nature. Environmental transformations are never socially neutral but are strongly connected to power relations (Görg,...
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Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) is an expanding global initiative oriented at slowing or reversing carbon emissions from forests in the Global South. The programme is based on the principle of payment for environmental services, where the carbon sequestration services of forests are seen to have a financial valu...
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Book with a summary of the main research findings of the Agriculture Beyond Food programme, including the conclusions of the JARAK programme. A full copy can be downloaded from: https://www.nwo.nl/en/news-and-events/news/2014/wotro/launch-abf-book.html
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This paper explores the actors, social networks, and narratives at national and global levels that have been contributing to creating a hype about Jatropha as a biofuel crop in Indonesia. Widespread concerns about climate change and the 2005-2006 rise of world crude oil prices had created the important momentum for promoting Jatropha based biofuel...
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The ABF programme addresses one of today’s major societal challenges, how to achieve a sustainable and inclusive biobased economy, with high-level scientific research on the thin lines between food and non-food, commodities and waste products, livelihood opportunities and risks, and local and global economy. This book provides insights into the mai...
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While the size and speculative nature of land transactions in the wake of energy, food and climate crises have surprised observers, the reasons for partial implementation of many land developments remain largely unexamined. This contribution investigates trajectories of land acquisition and enclosure by analyzing four acquisition processes in Indon...
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This paper calls for the need to take on board the rights of the individuals particularly their ability to input their views and concerns into the political process while implementing the eco-city concept in Indonesia’s major cities. The paper observes a tendency for state actors to collaborate with business interests to the total disregard of publ...
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This essay examines the convergences, tensions and mutual influences of agrarian and environmental movements in Indonesia and their connections to transnational movements under state-led development and neoliberal governance regimes. The authors argue that environmental movements of the last quarter of the twentieth century affected the strategies,...
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In late Suharto-era Indonesia, “indigeneity” became a solution to the problem of political representation in popular natural-resource struggles. Using examples from Sumatra and Sulawesi, we examine how the concept of indigeneity was used as a means to strengthen community rights over and against state and corporate claims. In Sulawesi, scientists s...
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Introduction Questions of biodiversity conservation, national parks, ecoregions and social development are often pursued through transnational collaboration. Rather than a flow of authoritative knowledge moving from the “west to the rest’, the problems of nature conservation can usefully be formulated in dialogue across boundaries of spatial and so...

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In many resource-rich outer islands in Indonesia, such as in Central Kalimantan, increasing resource extraction and deforestation cause environmental degradation and fierce conflicts concerning land, forest, resources, and power. Gender, ethnicity and its intersections are decisive factors which shape and are shaped by environmental conflicts. In order to understand complex capitalized environmental transformation processes and frictions in counter-mechanisms, I develop the concept of conflicting ecologies thereby combining and extending conceptual approaches of political ecology and multiple ontologies. I thereby focus not only on access, control and power in environmental transformations but also on different terms of engagement regarding plants, space, and landscapes.