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Sabina is Deputy Director for the Monash Herb Feith Indonesian Engagement Centre and Research Fellow for the Monash Indonesia Institute for Advanced Research (MI IFAR). Her research interests include topics about democratisation, political institutions, social movements, and gender politics. While she studies these topics extensively on any regions through a historical comparative approach, Sabina’s research focuses primarily on the Southeast and Northeast Asian regions.

Sabina completed her doctoral training in comparative politics and international relations at the Department of Political Science in Northwestern University, Illinois, U.S.A. Her dissertation is entitled “The Butterfly Effect: Stealth Politics by the Reformist Women’s Movement in Indonesia in the Struggle for Gender Equality, 1945-Present.”

Prior to joining Monash, Sabina was policy analyst for the Indonesian Ministry of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology. She co-led the teams within the Ministry that were appointed to formulate the strategies and policies for addressing gender based violence including sexual violence within Indonesia’s institutions of higher education.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Political Science, PhD, Northwestern University

1 Sept 201416 Jun 2023

Award Date: 16 Jun 2023

Research area keywords

  • democratisation
  • political institutions
  • social movements
  • gender politics
  • Southeast Asia
  • Northeast Asia

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