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Vera Altmeyer back from 6 months fieldwork

Vera Altmeyer, associated PhD candidate at NIAS, has just returned to Copenhagen after six months of field research in Jakarta, Indonesia. During her time in Jakarta, Vera has spent two visiting fellowships at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) from May to July and at Freedom Institute from August to October.

For her PhD research she was analyzing the campaigns for the election of Governor and Vice-Governor of Jakarta Province, for which a first round was held in early July and a run-off in late September.  She did intensive participant observation, accompanying the two main candidates and their respective vice-candidates on the campaign trail and regularly observing the work of various other actors involved in the campaign process. Besides, she did a range of interviews with actors from the media, civil society organizations, the election commission, local research institutes, political parties, campaign volunteer organizations, campaign consultant companies and survey institutes, and the candidates themselves. A media content analysis will be done with archive data collected.

Overall Vera’s research aims to investigate how actors and institutions of political communication and political economy determine the outcome of elections and thereby contribute to the shaping of power relations in contemporary Indonesia. A further case study will be conducted in 2013.