Vera Altmeyer, associated PhD student at NIAS, has been granted a visiting fellowship at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Jakarta, Indonesia, from May to July this year. During her time at CSIS she will conduct fieldwork for her PhD thesis on Local Election Campaigns in Indonesia and the Philippines. As the first of four case studies Vera will analyse the campaigns for the election of Governor and Vice-Governor of Jakarta Province, which is to be held in early July. She will look at the campaign practices of the various candidates, the actors and institutions shaping them, as well as potential consequences these might have for the outcome of the election. Overall her research aims to investigate how these factors influence the power relations between groups of actors in the national and local political sphere.