Dr Hj Meredian Alam

meredian.alam@ubd.edu.bn

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

               

                         

Dr Meredian is Assistant Professor in the Sociology and Anthropology program at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. He earned PhD in Sociology and Anthropology from Faculty of Education and Arts (FEDUA), The University of Newcastle Australia, under the supervision of internationally renowned sociologists Professor Pam Nilan and Dr Terry Leahy. In April 2019 his dissertation received The University of Newcastle's Humanities and Social Science Excellence Award in recognition of his high quality PhD dissertation “Youth and Environmentalism in Indonesia”. He is passionate about and looking forward to working with and supervising BA/MA/PhD students.

Before taking up position at UBD, he undertook several international researches, teaching, and consultancy positions. In 2012-2013 he acted as field coordinator for “Search-in-Balance” research project commissioned by Embassy of Norway and was in collaborations with University of Agder Norway (UiA), investigating the rise of youth-based environmental causes and collectives in megapolitan cities of Indonesia. In this prestigious project, developing research proposal and building rapport with more than 50 environmental organizations were his key responsibilities alongside data collection management and analysis. Upon completions of his doctorate studies, for two years he had been trusted as consultant for several international humanitarian organizations such as GIZ, World Visions, UNICEF, Plan International, and Millennium Challenge Account (MCA) to evaluate, monitor, and provide recommendations on the future effective program implementations in the specific areas: biogas as rural renewable energy, child and adolescent protection from forced labor and sexual abuses, social impacts of community savings long-term programs on youth’s welfare, community-led farming and development of organic fertilizers and insecticides, and mental stress and depressions in the disaster-hit areas.

He is also well experienced in handling international students. Until 2014 he had co-taught Business, Politics, and Environment (BPE) module for international undergraduate program at Faculty of Business and Economics UGM and offered Global Peace Campus Advanced Modules (GPC) set up by Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (TUFS), involving partner universities: Paradeniya University of Srilanka, Pannasastra University of Cambodia, Islamic University of Science and Technology (IUST) Jammu and Kashmir India, and Universitas Gadjah Mada of Indonesia (UGM). There were several M.A in Sociology research projects he supervised at that time for this module: Dynamic of Social Conflict in Eco-Tourism Management, Ethnic Conflict Between Agom Village and Balinuragan Villange in Lampung Indonesia, Aceh conflict through Sociological Perspectives of Anthony Giddens, Unresolved conflict & Persisting Resistance, Irony of Democracy, Post-Traumatic Stress in the Post-Conflict Regions, and Peasant Resistance to Introduction of Modernized Farming Tools. In the end of 2013, he completed a co-supervision of a M.Sc thesis on Small-Scaled Hydropower Infrastructure and People Empowerment in Rural Indonesia.

EDUCATION

PhD in Sociology and Anthropology - The University of Newcastle Australia
M.Phil in Culture, Environment and Sustainability - University of Oslo, Norway
M.A in Development Sociology -Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia
B.SocSc (Hons) in Sociology - Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Ecological Habitus in Environmental Movements/Environmentalism
Environmental Education
Social and Cultural Dimensions of Renewable Energy
Stylized Youth Civic Participation
Mental Health among young people (17-35 y.o)

FUTURE PROJECTS

Youth-Led Environmentalism

This study investigate the leading roles of young people in fostering pro-ecological action to preserve the nature and create balanced co-living through diverse way of private and public learning pedagogies (i.e environmental organizations, individual actions, public-space based initiatives, social networking site-based activism, behavioral promotions, artwork, and so forth). In this project, the research students are encouraged to further explore socio-cultural dimensions shaping their engagements in the environmental causes. Qualitative inquiries and approaches are much preferred in this project.


Applications Invited
BA, MA, PhD

Environmental Education

Green School Initiative has now been implemented by Brunei Darussalam as a commitment to fostering sustainable environment in Southeast Asia. Bruneian public and private schools are driven to implement this initiative by conserving “ecological habitus” for school infrastructures and students. In support of it, this study aims to find out and examine what challenges the school faces and how they deal with it to meet this initiative.


Applications Invited
BA, MA, PhD

Contemporary Youth Problems.

Contemporary youth problems cannot merely be understood under the framework of unemployment and poverty. There are more social and economic complexities as the global economic structure are rapidly changing. It then renders young people to be more susceptible to risks but also exposed to new global identities. This research will interrogate social causes underlying the rise and shift in youth socio-cultural identities and what current challenges that are intrinsic to their coping with unprecedented precarity. The issues of concerned in this proposed project investigating the lives of young people may delve deeper: mental health and mental well-being, consumption of symbols mediated by social networking sites (i.e Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) and self-risking behaviors.


Applications Invited
BA, MA, PhD
5

Scopus Publications

36

Google Scholar Citations

3

Google Scholar h-index

1

Google Scholar i10-index

Scopus Publications

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

Alam, M., Nilan, P., & Leahy, T. (2019). Learning from Greenpeace: Activist habitus in a local struggle. Electronic Green Journal, 1(42). (Available here).

Alam, M., & Nilan, P. (2018). The campaign to save the Bandung city forest in Indonesia: A cognitive praxis analysis of protest repertoires. Indonesia and the Malay World, 46, 1–17. DOI: 10.1080/13639811.2018.1496623

Alam, M. (2016). Taming the renewables: Actors’ innovation in improving the utilisation of biogas for everyday use in agricultural setting. International Journal of Renewable Energy Development, 5(1), 57–64, DOI: 10.14710/ijred.5.1.57-64

Alam, M. (2018). Double exposure and fractal city: Cultural disengagements and disembodied belongings due to outdoor thermal changes. Journal of Regional and City Planning, 29(1), 67–82. DOI: 10.5614/jrcp.2018.29.1.6

Efendi, D., & Alam, M. (2018). Indonesia in the post-Soeharto era: Identifying state ideological typology. Regional Journal of Southeast Asia, 3(1), 26–48.

Alam, M. (2017). “Dancing with apocalypse”: The impacts of climate change on livelihood of Tuvalu-Polynesia. Revista Brasileira de Planejamento e Desenvolvimento, 6(1), 97–110, DOI: 10.3895/rbpd.v6n1.5172

TOP PUBLICATIONS

Alam, M. (2017). “Dancing with apocalypse”: The impacts of climate change on livelihood of Tuvalu-Polynesia. Revista Brasileira de Planejamento e Desenvolvimento, 6(1), 97–110, DOI: 10.3895/rbpd.v6n1.5172

Alam, M. (2016). Politicised space and contentious youth in urban environmentalism in Indonesia. Komunitas: International Journal of Indonesian Culture and Society, 8(1), 1–12, DOI: 10.15294/komunitas.v8i1.4850

Alam, M. (2015). Altruisme semu di sekolah: Analysis terhadap praktek-praktek kekerasan dan keterlibatan school stakeholder dalam kegiatan inisiasi sekolah [Deceived Altruism in School: Analysis on the involvement of school stakeholder in freshmen initiation program]. Jurnal Sosiologi Profetik, Yogyakarta State Islamic University, 10(1). DOI: 10.14421/jsr.v10i1.1148

Alam, M. (2015). Urban neoliberalism and environmentalism as local initiatives in Indonesia’. Southeast Asia: A Multidisciplinary Journal, 15, 1–7. (Available here).

Alam, M. (2013). Theorizing the social acceptance of appropriate technology. Journal of Science & Technology Policy and R&D Management, 11(1), 82–92. DOI: 10.14203/STIPM.2013.13

Alam, M. (2013). Dinamika penerimaan sosial teknologi biogas di komunitas pedesaan Indonesia: Studi kasus di Daerah Istemewa Yogyakarta [The dynamic of social acceptance of biogas technology in rural community of Indonesia: A case study in Yogyakarta Special Region]. Ecolab: Jurnal Kualitas Lingkungan Hidup, 7(1), 8–17. (Available here).

Alam, (2013). Incorporating and Converting Biogas Technology Into Household Space. Jurnal Sosioteknologi, 12(30), 488–500. (Available here).

Setyawati, G., Alam, M. (2010). Social Capital and the Use of Traditional Birth Attendant: Is It Relevant?. Makara Journal of Health Research, 14(1), 11–16. (Available here).

GRANT DETAILS

- 2013-2017 ARC Discovery Grant DP130100051 ‘Fostering Pro-Environment Consciousness and Practice: Environmentalism, Environmentality and Environmental Education in Indonesia’, L. Parker, G. Acciaioli, P. Nilan, S. Affif and Y. Winarto, A$580,000 [2013-2017 ]. My Role in this grant is Student Researcher under supervision of Professor Pamela Nilan.

- Received A$500 grant to cover transportation and accomodation for participating in Digital Research in Southeast Asia with the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre, the University of Sydney. The grant was provided by the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre (2017)

- University of Newcastle International Postgraduate Research Scholarship. An A$55,000 award provided for 3 years (2014-2017) PhD Tuition Fee Waiver and University of Newcastle Scholarship Central to cover Living Allowance for 3 years (2014-2017)

- Faculty of Education and Arts Research Training Scheme. An A$6000 fund awarded for all research purposes, conferences, and training (2014-2017)

-Nordic Institute of Asian Studies grant for one-month accommodation for research purpose at NIAS and with University of Copenhagen Denmark.

-Centre for Environment and Sustainability Research Grant. This fund was granted for participating conference in European countries.

- US Department of Culture and Florida International University. A full scholarship provided for one-month fieldwork and study with Florida International University under supervision of Professor Christine E Gudorf.

CONSULTANCY

Yes.

Before joining Sociology and Anthropology department UBD, I worked as experienced consultant for several development long and short-termed projects set by HIVOS Southeast Asia, Millennium Challenge-Indonesia (MCA-I), Village Infrastructure Angel-Australia, GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit), Cargil International, Swiss Contact, and World Vision.

INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE

I had former 2-year experiences of working for ConocoPhillips Indonesia. My tasks involved: 1) developing socio-political mapping for unrest prevention in South Sumatra Indonesia, 2) assets and security identifications in South Sumatra and Anambas Island, 3) drafting a wildlife encounter document (WED), 4) sustainable development report (SDR) submitted to government of Indonesia (GOI), 5) monitoring and evaluating Corporate Responsibility (CSR) programs, 6) evaluating company''s Sumatran tiger conservation project with Zoological Society London (ZSL), 7) managing and governing the implementation of safety driving programs for South Sumatra Natural Resources Conservation officers (BKSDA), 8) developing a corporate recommendations on social conflicts prediction of South Sumatra's gubernatorial election in 2008, and 9) as a regular contributor for corporate magazine.

SOCIAL, ECONOMIC, or ACADEMIC BENEFITS

In 2017 I had been certified with Youth Mental Health First Aid by Mental Health NSW Australia. Despite the fact that I am no longer in Australia, I still apply this competence and skills until today. Every month I and Hoshizora Foundation co-organized a non-profit mental health counselling session through Whatsapp for Indonesian secondary school students.