On April 8th, 2019, Dr. Al Khanif, director of the Centre for Human Rights, Multiculturalism and Migration (CHRM2), presented his paper in a seminar co-hosted by the Asia Pacific Centre for Environmental Law (APCEL) and the Centre for Asian Legal Studies (CALS) at the National University of Singapore.

The seminar was Dr. Al Khanif’s final project during his two-month fellowship at CALS. During this fellowship, his paper on “Feeding the Nation: Land Management and Rice Policy in Indonesia” received invaluable feedback from as his supervisor, Dr. Jolene Lin, the director of APCEL. He was also welcomed by Dr. Dan W. Puchniack and all assistant researchers at CALS.

During the seminar, the director also received questions and comments from participants, especially from Dr. Jamie Davidson, associate professor from the Department of Politics at NUS. Dr. Davidson has been researching food policy in Indonesia for the last decade. Dr. Davidson was concerned with rice as part of the political populism in Indonesia that has been used by the Indonesian governments, particularly since the Suharto era.

After the seminar, the director then had a conversation with Dr. Davidson to initiate joint-research on food policy and possible mechanisms in the future. The director hopes that the connections made in the seminar will be followed by more academic meetings that can enhance the academic performance of CHRM2.  

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