Discovery Projects


Chief Investigators

Professor Christoph Antons

Christoph Antons is Professor of Law, School of Law, University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia.He has a background in law, Southeast Asian studies and art history. He is an Affiliated Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition in Munich; Senior Fellow at the Centre for Development Research, University of Bonn; Senior Associate at the Centre forIndonesian Law, Islam and Society (CILIS) at the University of Melbourne; and an Affiliated Researcher at Purai-Global Indigenous and Diaspora Research Studies Centre at the University of Newcastle

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Professor William Logan

Logan was an invited expert at the Consultative Meeting on Cultural Rights at the UN Human Rights Commission, Geneva, in February 2011 and gave the keynote presentation at the Our Common Dignity: Towards Rights-Based World Heritage Management workshop conducted by Norway ICOMOS, the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights and the Norwegian Helsinki Committee in March 2011. He was co-edited the special human rights issue of the International Journal of Heritage Studies (18, May 2012) based on the workshop papers.

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Associate Professor Carol Warren

Carol Warren is a sociologist and anthropologist whose teaching and research focus on social, economic and environmental change in Southeast Asia.

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Professor Jianfu Chen

Jianfu CHEN is Professor of Law, School of Law, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law (FAAL), as well as the Australian Academy of the Humanities (FAHA). He was previously Deputy Head of Law School (2006-2008) and Head of Law School (2008-2010, inclusive). Professor Chen is also an arbitrator of the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC).

Professor Chen specialises in international and comparative law, international business and trade law, human rights law, globalisation and law, and Chinese law.

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Associate Investigator

Dr Alexandra Denes

Alex is a cultural anthropologist interested in critical heritage and memory studies in the Asia Pacific region, with focus on mainland Southeast Asia. She is currently involved in an Australian Research Council funded project (2013-2015) on "Intangible Cultural Heritage across Borders: Laws, Structures and Strategies in China and its ASEAN Neighbours," which examines how legal instruments such as WIPO’s Traditional Knowledge framework and UNESCO’s 2003 Intangible Cultural Heritage Convention are being interpreted and deployed in the Asian context.  Her research focuses on how the intangible cultural heritage and intellectual property rights instruments and discourses have heightened contestation between Thailand and Cambodia over a shared corpus of intangible culture, including dance and music.

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PhD Students

Agung Wardana

Agung Wardana joined the ARC Discovery Project as a PhD candidate under the supervision of Prof Carol Warren at the Asia Research Centre, Murdoch University, working on the topic of Law, Space and Development: Contested Space and Governance in Contemporary Bali.

Agung completed his Juris Doctor from  Atmajaya University, Indonesia; and LLM in Environmental Law at University of Nottingham. His PhD, entitled ‘Law, Space and Development: Contested Space and Governance in Contemporary Bali’, was conferred by Murdoch University on 25 January 2017.

Junjie Su

Junjie Su wrote his research on the theory of intangible cultural heritage, safeguarding practices and cultural tourism in China, focussing on Lijiang in Yunnan Province under the supervision of Prof William Logan at the Cultural Heritage Centre for Asia and the Pacific. He studied cultural heritage conservation at Fudan University (Master), Shanghai and Xi’an Jiaotong University (Bachelor), Xian, China. He successfully completed his PhD Law at Deakin University in 2017.

Lisa Rogers

Lisa Rogers holds a Master in Environmental Law from the University of Sydney, a Graduate Certificate in Heritage Planning and a Bachelor of Arts (Urban Studies – Town Planning) at Victoria University of Technology.

Lisa’s role in the ARC project as PhD candidate is to research the international legal framework for intangible cultural heritage under the supervision of Prof Christoph Antons. Lisa works part-time as Heritage Officer – Planning for Heritage Victoria, the Victorian State Government’s principal cultural heritage (non-indigenous) agency. She has previously worked for the City of Melbourne as a senior policy planner, Sydney Water Corporation as a researcher into the cultural heritage assets owned by that agency and the New South Wales State Government heritage department.

Diyana Sulaiman

Diyana Sulaiman joined the ARC Discovery Project in February 2015 as a PhD candidate working under the supervision of Prof Christoph Antons on the topic of ‘Protection of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Indonesia and Malaysia’.

Diyana completed her LLM in Public International Law at Leiden University. Her BLS (Hons) and LLB (Hons) degrees were obtained at Universiti Teknologi MARA in Shah Alam, Malaysia. She previously worked with Malaysian national oil company, PETRONAS.