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Taka has extensively worked on nationalism, natural resources and oligarchy in Southeast Asia, particularly focusing on East Timor and Indonesia.  His PhD research titled as Oligarchy in Motion: Dirty Politics in Clean Energy Transitions in Indonesia examines why and how ‘coal oligarchs’ in Indonesia who have benefited from fossil fuel industries shifted their institutional paradigm to renewable energy resources such as nickel over the global energy transitions. His recent work on youth nationalism between East Timorese and Indonesians won the Pattana Kitiarsa Prize for Best Graduate Student Paper by Southeast Asia Council at Association for Asia Studies in 2020 and published from Indonesia journal at Cornell University’s Southeast Asia Programme. Before moving to Cambridge, Takahiro has engaged in policy research on emerging technologies and economic security for the Japanese Cabinet Office, as well as worked for infrastructure business for South and Southeast Asia in Japan. Taka completed MA at Osaka University (Valedictorian) in Japan and holds MSc. in Comparative Politics from London School of Economics and Political Science. 


Key publications: 

Kamisuna, Takahiro. (forthcoming). “Nationalism in Motion: Generational Transformation of East Timorese Nationalism under the Indonesia’s Occupation. Nation and Nationalism.

Kamisuna, Takahiro. (forthcoming). “Under the Flag of Empire: East Timorese Nationalism and Inter-national Solidarity for Human Rights in Southeast Asia. TRaNS: Trans-Regional and -National Studies of Southeast Asia.

Kamisuna, Takahiro. (2023). “East Timorese Nationalism: Its Construction and Transformation.” The Routledge Handbook of Nationalism in East and Southeast Asia. London and New York: Routledge.

Kamisuna, Takahiro. (2020). "Beyond Nationalism: Youth Struggle for the Independence of East Timor and Democracy for Indonesia." Indonesia 110.1: 73-99.

Title: Oligarchy in motion: ‘Dirty’ politics in ‘clean’ energy transitions in Indonesia
Supervisor: Professor William Hurst
Queens' College

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