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Richard Chauvel
Senior Lecturer, School of Social Sciences and Psychology, Victoria University
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PhD & BA (University of Sydney) and MA (School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London)

Professional experience
Richard Chauvel teaches in the School of Social Sciences and Psychology at Victoria University. He has research interests in Indonesian history and politics, Australia-Indonesia relations and Australian foreign policy. His research has focused on political and social change in eastern Indonesia, most particularly in Maluku and Papua.

His publications include two policy papers for the East West Center Washington’s project on “The Dynamics and Management of Internal Conflict in Asia”. He was a consultant for the International Crisis Group in Papua and his report was published as Indonesia: Ending Repression in Irian Jaya 20 September 2001, ICG Asia Report No 23, Jakarta/Brussels. Dr Chauvel has been an academic consultant for a three radio series for Radio Australia / Radio National, including Federasi Australia, Otonomi Indonesia and Sharing Power: The Ties that Bind. Since 2007, he has been a member of the Joint Selection Team for Australian Development Scholarships in Indonesia and in 2008 he conducted research on the study experiences of AusAID scholarship awardees for AusAID and IDP.

Dr Chauvel obtained two Australian Leadership Award Fellowships in 2007. The first was for a 4 mouth training program on combating HIV/AIDS in Papua for five fellows from government, the Church and NGOs in Jayapura. The second was a research fellowship for Dr Chusnul Mariyah of the University of Indonesia and the Indonesian Election Commission to work on elections and democratisation. Dr Chauvel is conducting research on governance in the central highlands of Papua with colleagues from the Centre for Strategic and International Studies in Jakarta. This research is supported by the Australia Indonesia Governance Research Partnership.

Dr Chauvel supervises postgraduate research students working on contemporary social, religious and political change in Indonesia, especially democratisation and regional autonomy.

At Victoria University, he was Head of the Department of Asian and International Studies, 1998 to 2001, and Associate Professor and Director the Australia Asia Pacific Institute from 2002 to 2004. Prior to joining Victoria University, he taught at the University of Indonesia, 1987-1992. In Jakarta, he taught in the departments of politics and history and helped establish the Centre for Australian Studies at the University of Indonesia. 



Chauvel, R (2008, 1990) Nationalists, Soldiers and Separatists: The Ambonese Islands from Colonialism to Revolt, Koninklijk Instituut voor Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde, Leiden, The Netherlands, pp. xv & 432.

Chauvel, R. (2005) Constructing Papuan Nationalism: History, Ethnicity and Adaption, East West Center Washington, 2005 http://www.eastwestcenter.org/fileadmin/stored/pdfs/PS014.pdf

Chauvel, R. and Ikrar Nusa Bhakti (2004) The Papua Conflict: Jakarta’s Perceptions and Policies, Policy Studies 5, East West Center Washington,

Chauvel, R. (2003) The Land of Papua and the Indonesian State: Essays on West Papua, volume one, Monash University, Centre of Southeast Asian Studies, Working Paper 120, pp 56.

Chauvel, R. (2003) The Land of Papua and the Indonesian State: Essays on West Papua, volume two, Monash University, Centre of Southeast Asian Studies, Working Paper 121, pp 59.

Chauvel, R. (1992) Budaya dan Politik Australia, Yayasan Obor Indonesia, Jakarta, pp. xxi & 242.

Chauvel, R, Philip Kitley and David Reeve (ed) (1988) Australia di Mata Indonesia: Kumpulan Artikel Pers Indonesia 1973-1988, Gramedia, Jakarta, pp. 467.

Book chapters

Chauvel, R. “Papuan Nationalism: Christianity and Ethnicity”, in Minako Sakai, Glenn Banks and J.H. Walker, The Politics of the Periphery in Indonesia, NUS Press, Singapore, 2009.

Chauvel, R. “Papuan political imaginings of the 1960s: international conflict and local nationalism,” in P.J. Drooglever (ed), Papers presented at the Seminar on the Act of Free Choice, Institute of Netherlands History, The Hague, 2008, pp. 39-59.

Chauvel, R. “Refugee, displacement and dispossession: Responses to Indonesian rule and conflict in Papua. in Dynamics of Conflict and displacement in Papua”, in Eva-Lotta E. Hedman (ed), Conflict, Violence and Displacement in Indonesia, Cornell University Press, Ithaca, NY, 2008, pp. 147-172.

Chauvel, R (2007) OngHokham: Historian and Gentleman. in Onze Ong: Onghokham dalam Kenangan. Ed(s). David Reeve, JJ Rizal, Wasmi Alhazari. Kommunitas Bambu, Jakarta, Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia. 275-277.

“Constructing a separatist threat: security and insecurity in Indonesian Aceh and Papua”, (with Edward Aspinall) in Burke and McDonald (eds), Critical Security in the Asia-Pacific, Manchester University Press, 2007.

“Ambon”, The Encyclopaedia of Islam Three, Brill, Leiden, The Netherlands, 2007, pp. 109-10.

Chauvel, R (2007) Refugee, displacement and dispossession: Responses to Indonesian rule and conflict in Papua. in Dynamics of Conflict and displacement in Papua, Indonesia - RSC Working Paper 42. Ed(s). Eva-Lotta E. Hedman. Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK. 32-51. http://www.rsc.ox.ac.uk/PDFs/RSCworkingpaper42.pdf

Chauvel, R (2006) The Centrality of the Periphery: Australia, Indonesia and Papua. in Different Societies, Shared Futures: Australia, Indonesia and the Region. Ed(s). Monfries John. Inst. Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore. 106-125.

Chauvel, R (2006) Australia and Indonesia: living in different strategic worlds. in Australian Security: After 9/11: New and Old Agendas. Ed(s). Derek McDougall and Peter Shearman. Ashgate, London, UK. 143-160.

Chauvel, R (2006) Violence and Governance in West Papua. in Violent Conflict in Indonesia: Analysis, representation, resolution. Ed(s). Coppel Charles. Routledge, London and New York. 180-191.

Chauvel, R (2005) One Language, Two Nations and Many Regimes: Reflection on Bahasa, Melayu as the Supreme Political Language. in Bahasa dalam Perspektif Dinamika Global (Language from a Dynamic Global Perspective). Ed(s). Dra Hayati Chalil. USU Press, Medan, Indonesia. 39-44.

Chauvel, R. (2001) “Relations between democratic neighbours: Indonesia and Australia”, in Damien Kingsbury and Arief Budiman (eds), Indonesia: The Uncertain Transition, Crawford House, 2001, pp. 244-261; Indonesian publication: Chauvel, R. (2005) Hubungan bertetangga Dua Negara Demokratis: Indonesia dan Australia in Ed(s). Chusnul, Mariyah. Tantangan dan Kesempatan dalam Hubungan Politik Bilateral (Indonesia- Australia: Challenges and Opportunities in Bilateral Political Relations). Granit, Jakarta, Indonesia.

Chauvel, R. (2001) “The Changing Dynamic of Regional Conflict in Indonesia”, in Grayson Lloyd and Shannon Smith (eds), Indonesia Today: Challenges of History, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore, pp. 146-160.

Chauvel, R. (2001) “Correcting the course of West Papuan History”: the Prospects for Independence or autonomy in Gus Dur’s Indonesia”, in Damien Kingsbury and Arief Budiman (eds), Indonesia: The Uncertain Transition, Crawford House, pp. 202-220.

Chauvel, R. (1999) “Under the Shadow of Aceh: the Elections in North Sumatra”, in Susan Blackburn (ed), The Indonesian Elections, The Asia Institute, Monash University, Clayton, Indonesian publication: Chauvel, Richard (2005) In the Shadow of Aceh: The Elections in North Sumatra. in Bahasa Sastra dan Budaya: (Language, Literature and Society). Ed(s). T. Thyrhaya Zien et al. USU Press, Medan, Indonesia. 335-346.

Chauvel, R. (1998) “West New Guinea: Perceptions and Policies, Ethnicity and the Nation State”, in Anthony Milner and Mary Quilty (ed), Episodes: Australian Asia, Oxford University Press, pp. 10-36.

Chauvel, R. (1997) “Tarred with the Dutch Brush: the fate of federalism in Indonesia”, in Pieter Drooglever and M.J.B. Schouten (ed), De leeuw en de banteng, Instituut voor Nederlands Geschiedenis, The Hague, pp. 201-219.

Chauvel, R. (1997) “Nearly a Full Circle: From Burton to Barwick, Australian Policy towards Indonesia 1949-62”, in John Legge (ed), New Directions in Australian Foreign Policy: Australia and Indonesia, 1945-1950, Monash University, pp. 78-99.

Chauvel, R. (1997) “Up the Creek without a Paddle: Australia, West New Guinea and the ‘Great and Powerful Friends’”, in Frank Cain (ed), Menzies in War and Peace, Allen and Unwin, pp. 55-71.

Chauvel, R. (1997) “Decolonising without the Colonised: The Liberation of Irian Jaya”, in Delores Elizalde (ed), Las Relacoines Internacionales en el Pacifico: Colonizacion, Descolonizacion Y Encuentro Cultural, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, Madrid, pp. 553-574.

Chauvel, R. (1996) “Beyond the Wallace Line”, in Colin Barlow and Joan Harjono (ed), Indonesia Assessment 1995, ANU - Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore, pp. 61-74.

Chauvel, R. (1996) “The Emergence of the West New Guinea Dispute”, in David Lowe (ed), Australia and the End of Empires, Deakin University Press, pp. 53-68.


Chauvel, R. (2009) “From the ramparts of Fort Victoria: know Indonesia through a distant mirror”, Review of Indonesian and Malayan Studies (RIMA), volume 43, number 1.

Chauvel, R. (2009) “Genocide and demographic change in Papua: A response to Jim Elmslie and Stuart Upton”, Inside Indoensia, Issue 98: Oct-Dec 2009,

Chauvel, R. (2009) “Genocide and demographic transformation in Papua: A response to Jim Elmslie and Stuart Upton”, Inside Indonesia 97: Jul-Sep 2009, http://insideindonesia.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1236&Itemid=47

Chauvel, R. (2009) “All Roads lead to the Mine”, New Matilda, 20 August http://newmatilda.com/2009/08/20/all-roads-lead-mine

Chauvel, R. (2009) “Between Guns and Dialogue: Papua after the Exile’s Return”, Austral Policy Forum 09-11A, 23 April 2009,

Chauvel, R. (2008) “Rulers in their own country? Special autonomy and Papuan aspirations have been thwarted by Jakarta and hampered by the administrative fragmentation sponsored by local politicians”, Inside Indonesia, 94: West Papua: Inside Indonesia? October-December 2008, http://insideindonesia.org/content/view/1128/47/

Chauvel, R. (2006) “Papua and the Security Cooperation Treaty with Indonesia, Austral Policy Forum” 06-36A 18 December 2006,
http://www.globalcollab.org/Nautilus/australia/apsnet/policy-forum/2006/0636achauvel .

Chauvel, R. (2006) “Australia, Indonesia and the Papuan crises”, Austral Policy Forum 06-14A 27 April 2006,
http://www.globalcollab.org/Nautilus/australia/apsnet/policy-forum/2006/0614achauvel .

Chauvel, R. (2004) “Australia’s Strategic Environment: The Problem of Papua”, Agenda, Volume II, number 1, 2004, pages 37-49, March 2004,
Indonesian publication: Chauvel, R (2005) Lingkungan Strategis Australia: Masalah Papua in Ed(s). Chusnul, Mariyah, Tantangan dan Kesempatan dalam Hubungan Politik Bilateral. Granit, Jakarta, Indonesia. 60-86.

Chauvel, R. (2001) “Where nationalisms collide: History is central to the politics of West Papua” Inside Indonesia, July – September 2001, no. 67,

Chauvel, R. (2001) “The backlash: Jakarta's secret strategy to deal with Papuan nationalism”, Inside Indonesia, July – September 2001, no. 67,

Chauvel, R. (1990) "Republik Maluku Selatan and social change in Ambonese Society during the late colonial period", Cakalele: Maluku Research Journal, Vol. 1, nos. 1-2, University of Hawaii, December 1990.


“Indonesia: Ending Repression in Irian Jaya”, International Crisis Group, 20 September 2001, ICG Asia Report No 23, Jakarta/Brussels,

Chauvel, R, Reeve, D. and Walker, D. (1997) Australian Studies in Indonesia – Strategy Plan, prepared for the Department of Education, Canberra..