Previously Ahmad completed his PhD in Resources, Environment and Development Program at the Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University (ANU). His PhD research has focused on questions of justice and political economy in land conflict resolution initiatives in Indonesian forestry and palm oil sectors. At ANU he was also a teaching assistant for some Master’s level courses such as ‘State, Society and Natural Resources’ and ‘Food Wars: Food Security and Agricultural Policy’.
Prior to PhD study, Ahmad has conducted research on resource conflicts in a number of Southeast Asian countries, including Indonesia, Thailand and Cambodia. Through a Masters of Environment from University of Melbourne, and with RECOFTC-The Center for People and Forests based in Bangkok, he has conducted research on social conflicts related to large-scale forestry and agri-business projects (oil palm and acacia plantations), conservation areas, REDD+ projects, community forestry and watershed protection.
‘Research finds two effective ways local communities can use in land rights struggle‘, The Conversation, March 5, 2020.
(With John McCarthy), ‘Indigenous Rights and Agrarian Justice Framings in Forest Land Conflicts in Indonesia’, The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology, 1–21, 2019.
(With Micah Fisher & Muhammad Sahide), ‘The politics, economies, and ecologies of Indonesia’s third generation of social forestry: An introduction to the special section. Forest and Society 3–1: 152–170, 2019.
(With John McCarthy & Yurdi Yasmi), ‘Resolving industrial plantation conflicts in Indonesia: Can mediation deliver?’, Forest Policy and Economics 91: 64–72, 2018.
(With John McCarthy & Kathryn Robinson), ‘Addressing adverse formalisation: The land question in outer island Indonesia’, pp. 28–45, Leiden: Leiden University Press, 2018. (Edited volume).
(With Kanchana Wiset, K., Rawee Thaworn, et al.), ‘Forest, water and people: The roles and limits of mediation in transforming watershed conflict in Northern Thailand’. Forest and Society, 1-2: 44–59, 2017.
(With David Gritten & Toon De Bruyn), ‘The use and effectiveness of mediation in forest and land conflict transformation in Southeast Asia: Case studies from Cambodia, Indonesia and Thailand’, Environmental Science & Policy, 45: 132–145, 2015.
(With David Gritten & Toon De Bruyn et al.), ‘Transforming conflict in plantations through mediation: Lessons and experiences from Sumatera, Indonesia’. Forest Policy and Economics, 41: 22–30, 2014.
(With Toral Patel, David Gritten, et al.), ‘Predicting Future Conflict under REDD+ Implementation’. Forests, 4-2: 343-363, 2013.
Deforestation and community-outsider conflicts, The Broker. December 23, 2013.
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