Asia Institute announces two professorial appointments

June 15 / 160

Professor Akihiro Ogawa (L) and Professor Vedi Hadiz (R)
Professor Akihiro Ogawa (L) and Professor Vedi Hadiz (R)

The Asia institute has announced the appointment of two senior academics to lead its Asian Studies and Japanese Studies Programs.

Professor of Asian Studies 

Professor Vedi Hadiz, currently Professor of Asian Societies and Politics at Murdoch University and Director of its Indonesia Research Programme, has been appointed Professor of Asian Studies.

Professor Vedi, currently an Indonesian national, has been an Australian Research Council Future Fellow in 2010-2014.  

His research interests cover: Islamic politics in Indonesia and the Middle East, the politics of decentralisation, democracy and civil society, labour movements, socio-economic and political change in Indonesia and Southeast Asia, and related broader political economy and political sociology questions.

"Professor Vedi Hadiz is one of the region's best regarded academics and public intellectuals on Indonesia," Professor Pookong Kee, Director of the Asia Institute said. "His appointment to Melbourne is especially timely as informed analyses on Indonesia are crucial in fostering better ties between Australia and Indonesia, our closest and most important neighbour."

Professor Vedi Hadiz will commence his position in January 2016.

Professor of Japanese Studies 

Professor Akihiro Ogawa, currently Professor of Japanese Studies at the University of Stockholm, will assume the Professor of Japanese Studies position.  

A social anthropologist with broad multidisciplinary training in the social sciences, his research and teaching interests include Japanese civil society, social movements, politics, peace, security, education, and energy.  He is developing a new project on peace and security in the Asia Pacific from the perspective of Australia-Japan relationship. His research is international in scope and comparative in focus.   

"The appointment of Professor Akihiro Ogawa as Professor of Japanese Studies is expected to add strengths to the program as it prepares to commemorate the centenary of the introduction of Japanese language teaching at the University of Melbourne in 1909,” Professor Pookong Kee, Director of the Asia Institute said.

Before starting his academic career, Ogawa was a staff reporter at Kyodo News, a Japanese wire service, for five years, where he covered the Tokyo Stock Exchange and the Bank of Japan.   

Professor Akihiro Ogawa will take up his Melbourne position in September 2015.


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