PhD (U. Wollongong), B Asian Studies (Indonesian) (Hons 1) (ANU); BA (Asian Studies) (UNSW)
Professor of Southeast Asian Studies
Professor Michele Ford is Director of the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre and an ARC Future Fellow. Her research interests are in Southeast Asian labour movements, labour migration and trade union aid. Michele’s research has been supported by several Australian Research Council Discovery Project grants related to these and other topics. She has also been involved in extensive consultancy work for the international labour movement and the Australian government.
Michele has a strong record of disciplinary service. She has served as Secretary of the Asian Studies Association of Australia (2006-11), President of the Indonesia Council (2005-10), NSW representative on the ACICIS Reference Group (2006-2011), and the University of Sydney representative on the Australian Universities Governing Committee of the Aceh Research Training Institute (2006-2008). She was also first Secretary and then Chair of the Board of IRIP, the organisation that publishes Inside Indonesia, where she also served many years as Coordinating Editor, a position she shared with Professor Edward Aspinall. She continues to sit on the Advisory Boards of the ANU’s Indonesia Project and on the Australia Indonesia Youth Association.