About irgsc

IRGSC aims to produce knowledge, and inspire policy innovation and change.

IRGSC is both a policy research institute and think tank comprising a new generation of researchers/scientists/ scholars, public intellectuals, and  policy entrepreneurs based in Indonesia.  Established in 2012 with its headquarters in Kupang, Nusatenggara Timur (NTT), Indonesia, IRGSC’s regional focus includes Indonesia, Timor-Leste, and ASEAN countries.  Being based in West Timor, Indonesia gives IRGSC the opportunity to also
promote studies on Eastern and Southeastern Indonesia with a greater focus on NTT Studies.

Using empirically grounded evidence, IRGSC seeks to contribute to international, national and regional debates on resource governance, disaster governance,  climate adaptation, health policy, knowledge governance and development studies in general.
IRGSC’s mission includes: promote evidence-based policy through capacity development of scientists, bureaucrats, local politicians, private business,   NGO/CSO activists, community leaders. In addition to our Research Clusters, we seek to establish a homegrown development of NTT regional studies. In addition to research and knowledge production activities, working through civil society, IRGSC contributes social change in Indonesia.


Victoria Fanggidae (Univ of Melbourne)
Dominggus Elcid Li PhD
Rudi Rohi
Ermin Ndoen, PhD
Dr. Jonatan A. Lassa

Advisory boards

Gabriel Faimau PhD
Dr. Merry Kolimon
Rm. Leo Mali MA

Founding executive director: Dominggus Elcid Li PhD

Honorary Senior Fellows: Prof. Dr. Adam Seligman (Boston University, USA)

NTT based fellows:

Non-residential Fellows

Dr. Saut Sagala (Bandung Institute of Technology)
Dr. Andre Damaledo (Anthropology, Australian National University)
I Wayan Mudita PhD (Charles Darwin University, Australia)
Torry Kuswardono (Pikul Foundation)
Jermi Haning (PhD Cand, Environmental Planning, Massey University, New Zealand)
Nelsensius Klau (MHIP; MHID; MRD

Wilson Therik (Research Fellow)
Associate fellows:

Umbu Reku Raya (PhD Candidate – Australian National University)
Herman Seran MSc (Mineral economics, Curtin University Australia)
Meks Ndii PhD  (Mathematical Biology – Newcastle Univ, Australia)
Adrianus Amheka PhD (Energy and Sust. Environment Tsukuba University, Japan)
Arnoldus Klau Berek (PhD Candidate, University of Hawaii)
Philipe De Rosari (MSc Chemistry; MSc Water – PhD Cand., Griffith University, Australia)
Yohanis Ngongo PhD (University of Queensland, Australia)
Dr. Mes Dethan (Heidelberg University – now based at UKAW Kupang).
Dr. Inosensius Sutam (STKIP Ruteng – PhD graduate from Institut Catholique de Paris)
Oce Boimau (MScPh, Griffith University, Australia)
Candra Dethan (MA from Institute of Development Studies UK
Blandina Bait (MA from School of Development Studies, UEA Norwich UK)
Gusti Brewon (expert in HIV/AIDs)
Nahad Baunsele (Epidemiology, University School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine)
Cypri Jehan Paju Dale PhD Candidate, (Bern University, Switzerland)
Jemris Fointuna
Ben Tarigan (Nusa Cendana University)
Merly Klaas (University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA – Education specialist)
Maxi Rihidara (MSc – Australian National University)

IRGSC In-house research staff
Inriyani Takesan (Public Health)

  • NTT’s health, food, nutrition and risk research
  • Quality of life of the people with HIV/AIDs in
    Eastern Indonesia
  • GIS and public health
  • Health governance

John Petrus Talan (Social scientist)

  • Governance dimension of water
  • Water politics
  • Disaster management policy
  • International relation

Nike Frans (medical nutritionist)

  • Nutrition and development
  • Food security and urban agriculture in Kupang
  • Vernacular food and nutrition
  • Public health
  • Early childhood education  – expenditure

Randy Banunaek (Sociologist)

  • Data management
  • Sociological approach to health insurance
  • Digitizing NTT development data
  • Data mining on NTT’s opinion in NTT

Media and arts team

Ragil Sukriwil

  • Art and social change
  • Experienced choreographer
  • Art as medium of policy critics

Former Staff/Intern
Audrey Jiwajennie