David Bourchier was born in Australia and grew up in Sri Lanka, the Soviet Union and Canberra. He studied at Flinders, Murdoch and Monash Universities graduating in politics in 1996. His main academic interest is in the politics of Indonesia and Southeast Asia. He has taught courses on Asian politics and Indonesian language at Flinders University, RMIT, Murdoch University. He has been at UWA since 1998, where he has taught several units relating to modern Indonesia and Southeast Asia as well as all levels of Indonesian.
David heads the Joint Selection Team for the Australia Awards Scholarships in Indonesia. The Australia Awards are prestigious international scholarships funded by the Australian Government. In 2012 the Australian Government invested $334.2 million in Australia Awards, with Indonesia the largest single recipient.
David has followed the 2014 elections in Indonesia closely and has written several short articles in the media on this topic, including in The Conversation. He has been interviewed recently on several radio stations including ABC Radio National and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
- Company:The University of Western Australia
- Short Bio:Associate Professor, Asian Studies