On Wednesday, 21 October 2015, three ACICIS Semester 41 (August-December 2015) students undertaking the East Java Field Study (EJFS) Program at the University of Muhammadiyah Malang (UMM) presented the progress of their research. Their presentations were conducted in Bahasa Indonesia and were attended by several deans, lecturers, supervisors, and ACICIS staff from Malang and Yogyakarta. University of Muhammadiyah Malang recently did a wrap-up of the event, which can be found here.


Their topics of research are very engaging and they touch on the issues that possess both bottom-up and top-down implications.

Sally Swinnen, for example, is conducting her research on the tobacco industry in Kalisat, Jember, East Java. She explores not only the wider scope of the impact of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) ratification, but also the grassroots impacts that affect local farmers and the community in Kalisat. A similar approach is taken by Cameron Whittred in his research on the roots of global warming and greenhouse effect in Indonesia, where he expands beyond the environmental focus to the development impacts that pivot around it. In the context of environment, Janelle Falconer is examining the implementation of sustainable ecological development in the tourism of Sendang Biru beach, and its roles in the local community.

We wish Sally, Cam, and Janelle the best of luck in their research at UMM!

To find out more about our East Java Field Study program in Malang, click here.