Prof Thomas Reuter is a Professor at the Asia Institute of The University of Melbourne. After obtaining his PhD from ANU in 1997, he taught at Heidelberg University, held post-doctoral and QElI Fellowships at Melbourne, and a Research Fellowship at Monash University.
He was President of the Australian Anthropological Association (2002-2005) and served as chair of the World Council of Anthropological Associations. He is currently Senior Vice-President of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences, a member of the advisory board of Future Earth (Asia) and on the executive of the International Social Science Council. Personal research has focused on Indonesian ethnology, New Social Movements, Religion, Political Anthropology, Elites, Status, Social Organization, Climate Change, Ecology, Globalisation and General Theory. Thomas has authored more than ninety articles and the following ten books: Custodians of the Sacred Mountains: Culture and Society in the Highlands of Bali. Honolulu: Hawaii UP, 2002; The House of Our Ancestors: Precedence and Dualism in Highland Balinese Society. Leiden: KITLV Press, 2002; Inequality, Crisis and Social Change in Indonesia: The Muted Worlds of Bali. London: Routledge, 2003; Budaya dan Masyarakat di Pegunungan Bali. Jakarta: Yayasan Obor, 2005; Sharing the Earth, Dividing the Land: Land and Territory in the Austronesian world. Canberra: ANU Press, 2006; Global Trends in Religion, and the Reaffirmation of Hindu Identity in Bali. Clayton: MAI Press, 2008. The Return to Constitutional Democracy in Indonesia, Caulfield: MAI Press, 2010; Faith in the Future: Understanding the Revitalization of Religions and Cultural Traditions in Asia. Leiden: Brill, 2013; Averting a Global Environmental Collapse: The Role of Anthropology and Local Knowledge. London: Cambridge Scholars, 2015; Trajectories: Excursions with the Anthropology of E Douglas Lewis. Frankfurt: Peter Lang.
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Under New Leadership: A Study Of The Composition, Behaviour And Interactions Of Cultural Religiousand Political Elites In Democratic Indonesia
Good communication, mutual understanding and sound working relationships between Indonesian and Australian elites are vital for maintaining ..
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Systems of Sustainable Consumption and Production
Thomas Reuter, Magnus Bengtsson, Laurie Cohen, Leonie Dendler, Paul Dewick, Karin Dobernig, Daniel Fischer, Melanie Jaeger-Erben, Joerg Hofstetter, Charlotte Jensen, Ria Lambino, Sylvia Lorek, Hein Mallee, Steven McGreevy, Jaco Quist, Joseph Sarkis, Patrick Schröder, Demitris Stevis, Philip Vergragt, Dan Welch
Report | 2019
With the global population projected to reach 9.6 billion by 2050, and in view of finite resource availability and resilience of t..
Global Hunger on the Rise: Development Professionals Perspectives
Thomas Reuter, Fuad Akra, Service Opare, Krishna Krishnamurthi
Scholarly Contribution to Database/Website | 2019
orld hunger is likely to increase under the now inevitable conditions of catastrophic climate change. The best strategy to counter..
Unity in Diversity: Why we need to do justice to local characteristics and identities while also cultivating a sense of global citizenship
Conference Proceedings | 2018
We have been witnessing a massive nationalist reaction to globalisation in recent years, the reasons for which can be difficult to..
The Future of Democracy: Challenges & Prospects
T Reuter, Garry Jacobs, João Caraça, Rodolfo Fiorini, Erich Hoedl, Winston P Nagan, Alberto Zucconi
Journal article | 2018 | Cadmus
Unprecedented speed, interconnectivity, complexity and uncertainty are impacting all spheres of global society today, presenting c..
The Principle of Unity in Diversity as a Measured Response to Resurgent Nationalism: Valuing local diversity as well as global citizenship is not a contradiction
Journal article | 2018 | Cadmus
The ideological war between globalism and resurgent nationalism in recent years is seen as an invitation to take sides by many int..
Seeds of Life, Seeds of Hunger: Corporate Agendas, Seed Sovereignty and Agricultural Development (Indonesia, East Timor)
Journal article | 2017 | Anthropology of Food
In this paper, I briefly look at the equity track record, inherent ecological risks and potential for self-reform of industrial ag..
An anthropological perspective on transformations to sustainability: Meeting the demand for integrated social transformation with a political process of open and inclusive communication
Report | 2017
Contemporary societies and their economies must undergo a transformation to sustainability without further delay if we are to avoi..
Land access and livelihoods in post-conflict Timor-Leste: no magic bullets
Simon Batterbury, Lisa Palmer, Thomas Reuter, D do Amaral de Carvalho, Balthasar Kehi, Alex Cullen
Journal article | 2015 | International Journal of the Commons
In Timor-Leste, customary institutions contribute to sustainable and equitable rural development and the establishment of improved..
Memudarnya Agama Dunia: Refleksi Tentang Agama Leluhur, Dualisme Dan Signifikansi Yang Lebih Mendalam Atas Pendekatan Austronesia Terhadap Kehidupan (The Concealment of a World Religion: Reflections on ancestor religion, dualism and its deeper significance for the Austronesian way of life)
Book Chapter | 2015
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Honours, Awards and Fellowships
Dwight Price, Best Honours Result in Arts
ANU TECH Scholarship Prize
FWAAS, World Academy of Science and Arts
Professor Of Indonesian Studies
International Union of Anthopology (IUAES)
World Council of Anthropological Associations
Asian Studies Association Australia
Australian Anthropological Society
GC in University Teaching
University of Melbourne
Doctor of Philosophy
The Australian National University
Bachelor of Arts
University of Melbourne