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Doing Research in Indonesia

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Name of the Asset | Doing Research in Indonesia: bridging the research gap and improving development policies

Type of Asset | Research report 

Date | July 2020



Recent research on the organization of research production in Asia shows the effect of marketization on the quality of academic work. The Indonesian case provides a complex picture of these effects in a post-authoritarian context. Market-driven research production is not independent or of high quality because it is donor driven and instrumental. Against this backdrop, the Indonesian based Centre for Innovation Policy and Governance (CIPG) undertook this study to investigate the state of Indonesia’s social science research system, looking at the production, diffusion and uptake of research into public policy development and implementation.

The purpose of this exercise is to collect and report original data on social science research systems, to guide research policy and capacity-building programs at the national level. Most importantly, it aims to highlight aspects that require the attention of regulators, policymakers, the scientific community and potential donors, and to ensure that actions and reforms are informed by contextualized knowledge of the local environment.

The research reports multiple aspects of the research environment tackling amongst others the gender-inclusivity, rates of academic publications, rates of funding of social science research, the status of research communication between researchers and policy makers, researchers’ freedom and the role and impact of collaborations between local and international peers to mention some. The report not only presents what has emerged from their research but also proposes some 'Levers of Change', a set of measures or actions which could be taken in order to address the shortcomings identified by the team throughout their transversal scan of the social science research framework in Indonesia.


  • Inaya Rakhmani, Universitas Indonesia
  • Zulfa Sakhiyya, Universitas Negeri Semarang
  • Afra Suci Ramadhan, Pamflet Community
  • Wirawan Agahari, Centre for Innovation Policy and Governance

Country and/or Region | Indonesia

Name of the Program | GDN’s Doing Research for Measuring the Production, Diffusion, and Use of Social Science Research

Funder(s) | The current phase of the Doing Research program is being funded by GDN’s core funds. The Doing Research pilot phase was generously supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Agence Française de Développement, French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, and Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation for US$785,000 from 2014-2016.

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