Abidah Setyowati is a human geographer with a specialisation in political ecology. Her research interests focus broadly on critical climate change studies, neoliberal environments, natural resources and climate governance, indigenous politics, forest tenure reform and gender perspectives on these issues. She has carried out studies on issues of forest access, biodiversity conservation, timber legality, indigenous politics and local development as they relate to global climate and environmental policies (i.e., Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+), Payment for Ecosystem Services, and EU Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT)). Informed theoretically by political ecology, her work links recent processes of the commodification of nature to longer processes of change in forest governance. Her previous research was funded by the National Science Foundation, a United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Human Development Fellowship, the Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund, and the Louise Bevier Fellowship, among others.
Prior to joining ANU, Abidah held positions and carried out assignments with various international agencies such as the UNDP, USAID, the United Nations Environment Programme, the Asian Development Bank, and others. She was also a research associate with the Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford, where she carried out a study on timber legality certification in Indonesia.
At ANU, Abidah will be working with Professor Lorraine Elliott on the Valuing Nature for Sustainable Development and a Green Economy project.