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Biography

Lukas completed a Master in Social Anthropology at Goldsmiths, University of London, UK and wrote a dissertation on “Everyday Becomings of Urban Roads: An anthropology of (im)mobility, transport infrastructure and urban planning in Bandung, Indonesia”. He is a First Class Honours graduate in Social Anthropology and Indonesian Language from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, UK. He completed the one-year ACICIS in-country programme of study in Indonesia. He studied Indonesian and Javanese, Javanese Dance, and Anthropology at the Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) in Yogyakarta and conducted a field study sponsored by the Universitas Katolik Parahyangan (UNPAR) in Bandung. As part of his BA, he wrote a dissertation on “The Myths, Magic and Revolutions of the 2014 Presidential Election in Indonesia”. He is also a qualified Secondary School teacher in Geography, with PGCE from the University College London, Institute of Education, University of London, and has teaching experience.

Current projects

Lukas is a candidate for a PhD in Asian Studies and Anthropology/Sociology at The University of Western Australia, supervised by Lyn Parker and Greg Acciaioli. His PhD project is entitled “Educating about waste management: An ethnographic study of infrastructure and environmental education in Sumbawa, Indonesia”. It explores the interactions between waste management (WM) infrastructure and environmental education (EE) in Indonesia, where civil society, non-governmental and private sector organisations work in tandem with local governments to improve coordination of WM efforts and to change everyday behaviour related to waste. It unifies the social and socio-material relations and waste-related pedagogies of these efforts under a single analytic category of WM infrastructure. This categorical act enables the project to approach WM infrastructure not only as matter that moves and transforms matter, but also as that which has the ability to shape social behaviour and environmental dispositions. The project makes sense of not only the educational aptitudes, socio-material improvisations, and enactments of care and cooperation, but also the failures and contingent events that arise when these timely exertions to tame waste and to increase environmental awareness are met with and informed by existing social hierarchies and distinct perceptions and practices of waste, consumption and human-nature relations. The project also makes use of participatory methodology to examine how photographic arts-based inquiry and waste-oriented exhibition and curating practices can empower participants and engage community.

Languages

Czech, English and Indonesian 

Keywords

  • Anthropology Of Indonesia
  • Environmental Education
  • Anthropology of Infrastructure
  • Anthropology of Waste