Ratih Kabinawa


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

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Ratih Kabinawa is an Adjunct Research Fellow at the School of Social Sciences at the University of Western Australia. She is a recipient of the Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs 2024 Fellowship and a Visiting Research Fellow at the International Master's Program in Asia Pacific Studies at the National Chengchi University in Taipei, Taiwan.

She came to Australia in 2019 under the prestigious Australia Awards Scholarship that funded her doctoral degree in International Relations and Asian Studies at the School of Social Sciences, the University of Western Australia. Her doctoral research entitled "Engaging Non-State Actors: The Transnational Politics of Taiwan's Foreign Policy in Southeast Asia". Ratih submitted her doctoral thesis on 30 January 2024 and is now waiting for the thesis viva examination. 

Roles and responsibilities

  • Casual teaching
  • Academic research
  • Government consultancy 
  • Freelance writer & contributor
  • Academic supervision


My research focuses on the transnational dimension of foreign policy and international relations involving the participation of non-state actors, such as businesspeople, migrant workers, students and alumni, and think tanks in the foreign policy-making process, with area studies on Taiwan and Southeast Asia. 

Research interests

  • Transnational politics
  • Taiwan's foreign policy and international relations
  • Taiwan-Southeast Asia relations 
  • Foreign policy of non-state actors 
  • Transnational democracy and human rights 
  • Migrant workers' political activism

Current projects

My current research project examines the role of migrant workers in shaping and challenging foreign policy discourse and practice with particular emphasis on the role of migrant workers in Indonesia's foreign policy towards Taiwan. This project is funded by the Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs 2024 Fellowship. 

Funding overview

  • Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs Research Fellowship 2024
  • Graduate Research School UWA Travel Research Award 2024 - AUD 1,850
  • Chinese Studies Association of Australia (CSAA) Travel Bursary 2023 - AUD 500
  • American Political Science Association (APSA) Workshop Travel Grant 2023 - USD 500
  • European Association of Taiwan Studies (EATS) Research and Publication Grant 2022 - EURO 600
  • Australian National University Oceanic Conference on International Studies (OCIS) HDR Travel Bursary 2020 - AUD 800
  • Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation European Research Center on Contemporary Taiwan (CCKF-ERCCT) Young Scholar Workshop Travel Grant 2017 - EURO 1,850
  • Australia Awards Scholarship 2019-2024
  • Taiwan Ministry of Education Scholarship 2011-2013

Teaching overview

  • Autocracy and Democracy in Asia (ASIA3005) - 2023 - Team Teaching 
  • Social Movements and the Politics of Change (POLS3335) - 2022 - Academic Tutor
  • Global Environmental Politics (POLS3342) - 2021 - Marking

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

China and Asia Pacific Studies, Master's Degree, Economic and Socio Cultural Relations between Indonesia and Taiwan: An Indonesian Perspective, National Sun Yat-sen University

Award Date: 31 Jul 2013

External positions

Visiting Research Fellow, National Chengchi University

1 Apr 202431 Dec 2024

Industry keywords

  • Government
  • Social and Welfare Issues
  • Defence

Research expertise keywords

  • Taiwan
  • Southeast Asia
  • Transnational Politics
  • Foreign Policy
  • Democracy
  • Human Rights
  • International Relations
  • Taiwan's foreign policy


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