Ratih Kabinawa

Mrs, Doctor of Philosophy Student

  • The University of Western Australia, 35 Stirling Highway, M257

    6009 Perth


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Ratih Kabinawa is a doctoral candidate in International Relations and Asian Studies in the School of Social Sciences at the University of Western Australia.

Ratih's doctoral research project is entitled Engaging Non-State Actors: The Transnational Politics of Taiwan's Foreign Policy in Southeast Asia. This research addresses two main questions why and how has the Taiwanese government incorporated transnational actors into its foreign policy, and in what ways are these transnational actors useful in carrying out Taiwan's foreign policy agenda in Southeast Asia. Ratih's research project is supervised by Associate Professor Jie Chen and David Bourchier.

Ratih was a recipient of the Taiwan Ministry of Education Scholarship (2011-2013) which funded her Master's degree in the Institute of China and Asia Pacific Studies at the National Sun Yat-sen University Republic of China (Taiwan). Her Master's thesis entitled Economic and Socio-Cultural Relations between Indonesia and Taiwan: An Indonesian Perspective was published in the Journal of ASEAN Studies (2013). Her PhD is funded by the Australia Awards Scholarship (2019-2023). She is a regular contributor to Taiwan Insight - an online magazine of the Taiwan Studies Programme at the University of Nottingham, UK. 


Engaging Non-State Actors: the Transnational Politics of Taiwan's Foreign Policy in Southeast Asia

Current projects

Transnational politics and Taiwan's foreign policy in Southeast Asia

Transnational relations between Taiwan and Southeast Asia, examining the cross-border politics of Southeast Asian students and alumni, migrant workers in Taiwan, Taiwanese businesspeople in Southeast Asia, and epistemic communities between Taiwan and Southeast Asia

Indonesia - Taiwan bilateral relations

Previous positions

  • Senior Lecturer, Department of International Relations, Bina Nusantara University, Jakarta (2014-2019)
  • Case Study Writer for Senior Diplomatic Staff at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Indonesia (2016). The case study entitled Negotiating for an Archipelagic State: Indonesia’s Success Story in the UNCLOS.

Funding overview

  • 2020 HDR Travel Bursary, Oceanic Conference on International Studies (OCIS), Australian National University (ANU) - 800 AUD
  • 2015-2019 Bina Nusantara University Research Grants - IDR 10,000,000 per annum
  • 2017 European Research Centre for Contemporary Taiwan (ERCCT) Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation (CCKF) Overseas University of Tubingen, Germany, the 5th Young Scholar Workshop - 1,250 Euro
  • 2015 Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation (CCKF) for International Scholarly Exchange: Lecture Series Grant, Team project with Professor Tirta Mursitama and Rangga Aditya - 12,000 USD

Education/Academic qualification

China and Asia Pacific Studies, Master of Social Science, National Sun Yat-sen University

Award Date: 31 Jul 2013

Research expertise keywords

  • Taiwan's foreign policy
  • Taiwan-Southeast Asia relations
  • Transnational politics
  • International Politics of Taiwan
  • Taiwan-Indonesia relations


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