Dr. A.B. (Abidah) Setyowati


Abidah B. Setyowati is an interdisciplinary social scientist with a background in human-environment geography from Rutgers University-the State University of New Jersey. Her research interests focus broadly on energy governance, climate finance, natural resources and climate governance, nature-based climate solutions, and gender with a regional focus in Southeast Asia.

Dr Setyowati draws primarily on political ecology, governance and science and technology studies (STS) frameworks to examine the politics of energy transition, energy justice, the nexus of climate justice and finance, and the link between contemporary processes of the commodification of nature to more longitudinal processes of change in natural resources and climate governance. She collaborates with multidisciplinary scientists to examine the articulation of these processes with market-based energy and climate governance reforms.


Her research has been supported by numerous grants and awards, such as APIP Research Development Award (2020-2021), APIP Research Excellence Award (2019-2020), the National Science Foundation – Dissertation Improvement Grant/NSF DDIG (2011-2013), UNDP Human Development Fellowship (2011-2013), Margaret McNamara Award (2013-2014), and Louise Bevier Dissertation Completion Fellowship (2013-2014) and Fulbright Fellowship (2008-2011). Dr Setyowati has undertaken commissioned research and policy advisory works for  international and multilateral agencies such as UNDP, FAO, UNEP, UNREDD, USAID, among others.

  • Setyowati, A.B. 2021. Mitigating Inequality with emission? Climate Finance and Energy Justice in Indonesia. Energy Research and Social Science. 
  • Fathoni, H., Setyowati, A.B. and Prest, J. 2021. 'Is community renewable energy always just? Examining energy injustices and inequalities in rural Indonesia'. Energy Research and Social Science.
  • Setyowati, A.B. 2021. Governing Sustainable Finance: Insights from Indonesia. Climate Policy. (special issue on Climate Finance in Asia and Australasia).
  • Elliott, L and Setyowati, A.B. 2020. Toward A Just Transition to Low Carbon Development: Insights from Indonesia. In preparation for a special issue on Environment and Social Justice in Asia. Asian Affairs Journal
  • Setyowati, A.B. 2020. Mitigating Energy Poverty: Mobilizing Climate Finance to Manage the Energy Trilemma in Indonesia. Sustainability
  • Setyowati, A. 2020. Making Territory and Renegotiating Citizenship in Payment for Ecosystem Services in Indonesia. Development and Change (a special issue “Beyond Market Logics: Payment for Ecosystem Services as Alternative Development Practices in the Global South”)
  • Setyowati, A. 2020. Governing the Ungovernable: Contesting and Reworking REDD+ in Indonesia. Journal of Political Ecology (a special issue “Stabilizing a Policy: Reproducing REDD+”)
  • McDermott, C, A. M. Hirons and A. Setyowati. 2019. The interplay of global governance with local access: case studies of FLEGT VPAs in Indonesia and Ghana. Special issue on Access Revisited. Society and Natural Resources.
  • Susilawati, D., P. Kanowski, A. Setyowati, I.A.P. Resosudarmo, D. Race. 2019. Compliance of Smallholder Timber Value Chains in East Java with Indonesia’s Timber Legality Verification System. Forestry Policy and Economics. Vol. 102: 41-50.
  • Setyowati, A. and McDermott, M. 2017. Commodifying Legality? Impacts on who and what counts as legal in the Indonesian wood trade. Society and Natural Resources.

Abidah Setyowati

Senior Postdoc Fellow

Engineering Systems and Services

Energy and Industry