PROF Andrew Rosser

PROF Andrew Rosser


  • Comparative and international political economy of development focusing in particular on Indonesia and Timor Leste.



  • Andrew Rosser is Professor of Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Melbourne. After completing undergraduate degrees in Commerce and Asian Studies at the University of Adelaide and Flinders University respectively, he enrolled in a PhD in Asian Studies/Politics and International Studies at Murdoch University. Based in the Asia Research Centre, his research there focused on analysing the politics of economic liberalisation in Indonesia during the New Order and early post-New Order periods and the causes and consequences of the 1997-1998 Asian economic crisis. He subsequently worked at the University of Sydney, AusAID, the Institute of Development Studies (Sussex), and the University of Adelaide, building along the way an interest in the political economy of development, policy-oriented research, and social policy. Between 2012 and 2015, he was an Australian Research Council Future Fellow, carrying out research on the relationship between law, politics and social rights in Indonesia. In addition to conventional academic work, he has also carried out pieces of commissioned research for and/or acted as a consultant to numerous international development organisations including the World Bank, the UK’s Department for International Development, AusAID/DFAT, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, Oxfam, UNRISD, and UNDP.   


Selected publications


Additional Grant Information

  • Australian Research Council Discovery Project, 2016-2019 "Transnationalism and Diaspora" with Yan Tan, Fei Guo, and Brenda Yeoh; Australian Research Council Discovery Project 2013-2016 "Remaking the Poor" with Caroline Hughes, Jane Hutchison, and Ian Wilson; Australian Research Council Future Fellowship 2012-2016 "Realising Rights: Law and the Politics of Access to Public Services in Indonesia"; Australian Development Research Award, 2008-2010 "The Politics of Pro-Poor Public Services in Indonesia"    


Education and training

  • PhD, Murdoch University 2000
  • BA (Asian Studies), Flinders University of South Australia 1992
  • B.Com (Hons), Adelaide University 1991

Awards and honors

  • Faculty Research Award, Faculty of Arts, University of Adelaide, 2012
  • Australian Award for Research in Asia, Commonwealth of Australia, 1995
  • Chancellor's Letter of Commendation, Flinders University, 1991