DR Dave McRae

DR Dave McRae




  • Dave McRae is a senior research fellow at the University of Melbourne’s Asia Institute. His current research interests include contemporary Indonesian politics, Indonesian foreign policy, Australia-Indonesia relations and regional security issues. He is the author of A Few Poorly Organized Men: Interreligious Violence in Poso, Indonesia (2013) and translator of Solahudin’s The Roots of Terrorism in Indonesia (2013). He writes and comments frequently in both English and Indonesian in the Australian, Indonesian and other international media. He is a co-founder and editorial board member of the Indonesia At Melbourne blog, and founder and co-host of the Talking Indonesia podcast. Dave has researched conflict, politics, democratisation and human rights issues in Indonesia for well over a decade. From 2011 until January 2014 he was Research Fellow in the East Asia Program at the Lowy Institute, covering Indonesia and Southeast Asia. As Lead Researcher for the World Bank’s Conflict and Development Team in Indonesia between 2008 and 2010 he led a research program on interventions to prevent conflict and address its impacts. Prior to this, he worked for the Jakarta office of the International Crisis Group between 2004 and 2006, researching and writing reports on most of Indonesia’s major conflict areas. He wrote his Ph.D. at the Australian National University on post-authoritarian inter-religious violence in Indonesia, explaining why civil war intensity violence could suddenly occur in a previously quiescent region. He is currently also an associate in the Centre for Indonesian Law, Islam and Society.    


Selected publications



Education and training

  • Ph.D., Australian National University 2008
  • BAS (Indonesian) Hons, Australian National University 2001

Awards and honors

  • University Medal, Australian National University, 2001


Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • I have previously supervised PhD students working on local politics in decentralised Indonesia, and on state-making and struggles for land. Supervision areas: Politics, democratisation and decentralisation in Indonesia; Indonesian foreign policy; violent conflict