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PROF Thomas Reuter


  • Indonesia (Religion; Society; Politics; Climate change)



  • Prof Thomas Reuter is a Professor at the Asia Institute of The University of Melbourne. After obtaining his PhD from ANU in 1997, he taught at Heidelberg University, held post-doctoral and QElI Fellowships at Melbourne, and a Research Fellowship at Monash University. He was President of the Australian Anthropological Association (2002-2005) and served as chair of the World Council of Anthropological Associations. He is currently Senior Vice-President of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences, a member of the advisory board of Future Earth (Asia) and on the executive of the International Social Science Council. Personal research has focused on Indonesian ethnology, New Social Movements, Religion, Political Anthropology, Elites, Status, Social Organization, Climate Change, Ecology, Globalisation and General Theory. Thomas has authored more than ninety articles and the following ten books: Custodians of the Sacred Mountains: Culture and Society in the Highlands of Bali. Honolulu: Hawaii UP, 2002; The House of Our Ancestors: Precedence and Dualism in Highland Balinese Society. Leiden: KITLV Press, 2002; Inequality, Crisis and Social Change in Indonesia: The Muted Worlds of Bali. London: Routledge, 2003; Budaya dan Masyarakat di Pegunungan Bali. Jakarta: Yayasan Obor, 2005; Sharing the Earth, Dividing the Land: Land and Territory in the Austronesian world. Canberra: ANU Press, 2006; Global Trends in Religion, and the Reaffirmation of Hindu Identity in Bali. Clayton: MAI Press, 2008. The Return to Constitutional Democracy in Indonesia, Caulfield: MAI Press, 2010; Faith in the Future: Understanding the Revitalization of Religions and Cultural Traditions in Asia. Leiden: Brill, 2013; Averting a Global Environmental Collapse: The Role of Anthropology and Local Knowledge. London: Cambridge Scholars, 2015; Trajectories: Excursions with the Anthropology of E Douglas Lewis. Frankfurt: Peter Lang.   


Member of

  • International Union of Anthopology (IUAES). Senior Vice-President 2008 -
  • World Council of Anthropological Associations. Chair 2004 -
  • Asian Studies Association Australia. Fellow 1994 -
  • Australian Anthropological Society. Fellow 1994 -
  • Indonesia Council. Fellow 1994 -


Selected publications


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Additional Grant Information

  • RESEARCH PROJECTS 2015 University of Melbourne Research Grant Support Scheme 2015 DFG Network Grant with 11 colleagues in Germany (63.000 Euro) 2009 ARC Discovery Grant w. G. Barton, Indonesian Elite Culture 2009 ARC Future Fellowship, New Religious Movements in Indonesia 2008 Wenner-Gren Grant for World Symposium on Cultural Diversity 2007 ARC Discovery Grant w. G. Acciaioli, New Indonesian Soc. Movements 2007 United States Institute for Peace Grant, Food Security in East Timor 2006 Monash University Research Grant, Political Elites in Indonesia 2005 Melbourne University Research Grant, Ethnic Identity Politics 2004 Wenner-Gren Travel Grant, to attend World Anthropology Congress 2002 Australian Academy of the Humanities, Publication Grant 2001 Publication Grant, Uni Melbourne, Committee of the DVC (R) 2001 Australian Research Council Large Grant, Social Change in Java 2001 ARC, Queen Elizabeth II Research Fellowship, Soc. Movements in Java 1999 ARC Small Grant, Contemporary Community Concerns in Bali 1998 ARC Post-doc Research Fellowship, Indigenous Balinese Culture 1993 Australian Award for Research in Asia (AARA)   


Education and training

  • GCUT, University of Melbourne 2006
  • PhD, The Australian National University 1995
  • BA, University of Melbourne 1991

Awards and honors

  • Australian Award for Research in Asia, 1991
  • ANU TECH Scholarship Prize, ANU, 1991
  • Dwight Price, Best Honours Result in Arts, University of Melbourne, 1991



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