Heidi Arbuckle works in Indonesia at the foundation's Jakarta office. Her grant making has supported the production of content representing pluralist and independent perspectives, as well as support for open infrastructure. The goal of her work has been to help build an informed and active citizenry across the diverse constituencies of the Indonesian archipelago.
Before joining Ford in 2007, Heidi spent 12 years in the creative arts and media sector in Indonesia, where she partnered with a broad range of Indonesian organizations, from the Indonesian National Commission on Violence Against Women to organic farmers’ cooperatives and progressive punk rock bands.
Her book, Taring Padi and the Politics of Radical Cultural Practice in Contemporary Indonesia, was published in Indonesia in 2010. She has taught at the University of Melbourne in the areas of mass media in Indonesia and gender politics in Southeast Asia.
Heidi was born in Australia and has lived nearly half her life in Southeast Asia. She is fluent in Bahasa Indonesia and studied Indonesian literature at the Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta and visual arts at the Indonesian Institute of the Arts. She holds a PhD in gender and postcolonial studies from the University of Melbourne and a bachelor's degree in anthropology from Curtin University of Technology. She is currently completing a master's degree in international human rights law at Oxford University.