Made Adityanandana

Ph.D. Candidate, Development Sociology

  • Research focus: Agrarian change, tourism development, social/environmental impact
  • Hometown: Bali, Indonesia
  • College attended and degree earned: Pelita Harapan University, Bachelor of Economics; International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University, Master of Arts in Development Studies

What are the big challenges you want to tackle in the world?

I aim to utilize my knowledge and experience to keep and strengthen critical agrarian studies tradition among socio-agricultural scientists and academic institutions in Indonesia in hope to better understand growing inequalities amid socio-environmental crisis.

Tell us more about your research. 

My research focuses on dynamics of agrarian change, tourism development and its impacts on local livelihoods, environmental conflicts and movements, and the application of post-growth in the global South. My master’s thesis investigated an environmental conflict over a megatourism project in Bali, Indonesia where conflicting actors mobilized the same local philosophy in defending their claims and differing visions of development. For my PhD, I am interested in exploring agrarian differentiation and the aspiration of rural youth in farming amid tourism development, as well as the contradictory role of tourism in erasing and enabling smallholder farming in Bali. I also aim to explore the nexus of degrowth and critical agrarian studies by attempting to address – among other questions – who benefits from growth in the countryside?

What were you doing before the PhD program?

I served as a lecturer at the Faculty of Agriculture, Udayana University in Bali, Indonesia.

What has been the most memorable or impactful experience of your academic or professional career so far?

Encounters and conversations with ordinary people I met on the road during research and protests gave me the opportunity to reflect on the contemporary struggle of smallholders of various sectors in Bali over land, water, and coastal resources in sustaining their livelihoods.


Article in Peer-Reviewed Journal

Adityanandana, M. & Gerber, J. F. (2019). Post-growth in the tropics? Contestations over Tri Hita Karana and a tourism megaproject in Bali. Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 27(12), 1839-1856.

Book Chapter

Adityanandana, M. & Gerber, J. F. (2020). Post-growth in the Tropics? Contestations over Tri Hita Karana and a tourism megaproject in Bali. In R. Fletcher, I. Murray, A. Blanco-Romero & M. Blázquez-Salom (Eds.), Tourism and Degrowth: Towards a Truly Sustainable Tourism. Routledge.

Newspaper Article

Adityanandana, M. (2018, December 3). Farmers Want More Than Incentives. The Jakarta Post. 

Connect with Made

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