Gerry van Klinken is senior researcher at the KITLV, and professor of Southeast Asian history at the University of Amsterdam. He takes part in the joint Dutch-Indonesian research project ‘From Clients to Citizens? Emerging Citizenship in Democratising Indonesia’. The project aims to understand the impact of Indonesia’s democratisation process on everyday state-citizen interaction.
He also coordinated the multi-disciplinary research project Elite Network Shifts. This investigated historical regime changes in Indonesia by means of computational network analysis of electronic newspaper archives.
In 2006-20012 he coordinated the joint Dutch-Indonesian research project In Search of Middle Indonesia, which investigated middle classes in provincial towns. In January 2013 he was appointed to a special chair in the Social and Economic History of Southeast Asia in the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences at the University of Amsterdam.
His latest sole-authored book is The Making of Middle Indonesia: Middle Classes in Kupang Town, 1930s-1980s. Leiden: Brill. 2014.