May 29, 2022 Last Updated 7:57 AM, May 27, 2022

Work

Struggling for a job

Misinformation and lack of opportunity form disproportionate barriers for rural youth looking for work

Is education the golden plough?

Flores youth migrate for education, but are their university degrees worth the investment?

Roadside medicine men

Bootleg medicine sales are part of Indonesia’s healthcare infrastructure

Transport policy in gridlock

Attractive public transport and well-considered traffic policies are what Jakarta needs

Minibus and Transjakarta: Transport wars?

New mass transport infrastructure is disrupting Jakarta’s minibus economy

Resource nationalism as imperialism

Foreign investment in large-scale mining has encountered serious obstacles

Mining the land, mining people

Irrespective of location or commodity, peasants now compete with multinational mining companies on the mineral-rich tracts of Indonesia

Community mining in West Timor

Small-scale manganese mining supports livelihood diversity

Review: Beyond decent work

A new book examines Indonesian labour struggles through the lens of international political economy theory 

The Go-Jek effect

Has this phenomenally successful app-based transport service improved the lives of the motorcycle workers it employs?

Samarinda’s deadly mining pits

The end of the boom has not meant an end to the perilous impact of coal mining in East Kalimantan

In sickness and in wealth

Village morality complicates our assumptions about what it means to ‘succeed’ as a migrant worker

Boosting youth entrepreneurship in creative industries

Campaigns to promote creative industries promise new avenues of entrepreneurship for creative youth, but real career options remain uncertain 

Making their way

Indonesia needs to create better pathways from school to work

Negotiating access

Entering a competitive work environment, young men in Cilegon find their ambitions for employment hampered

Underemployed ambitions

Struggling in their transition from education to work, educated young people in rural Flores are often both dependent on and critical of local social support networks

Aspiring to become a civil servant

Trying to secure a government job, educated youth in Pontianak are rethinking the meaning of work and middle class success

Youth employment prospects and aspirations

Young Indonesians display considerable resourcefulness in coping with difficult pathways into work, but more comprehensive policies are needed to improve their job prospects

Balancing business

Indonesia’s unions are engaging in electoral politics in unprecedented ways in an attempt to balance the influence of business

Revolutionising retail

In Jakarta, 7-Eleven found a loophole that allowed it to break into small-format retailing, transforming itself and contributing to a revolution in Indonesian retail in the process

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