Promising Future Cooperation in Sight: A Discussion with the University of Leeds

By Tim Green from Bradford - Parkinson Building, Leeds University.

On the evening of 23rd January 2024, PACES had the honour to host a discussion regarding the prospect for future partnership with the University of Leeds. The discussion was attended by our very own Dr Yulius Purwadi Hermawan (Mas Pur) as the Head of PACES, Dr Charlie Dannreuther from the School of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) at the University of Leeds, Ms Cristine Tjong as both Deputy Head of PACES and the bridge between HI UNPAR and POLIS at the University of Leeds, and Mr M Shiddiq as one of research assistants at PACES.

The discussion began with a warm welcome from Ms Cristine Tjong, followed by an introduction and brief explanation of PACES and its activities by Mas Pur. Dr Dannreuther followed suit by introducing himself, what he does, and the institutions he affiliates with. Dr Dannreuther – or Charlie – is a lecturer at the University of Leeds whose expertise lies in the field of political economy. Charlie has an extensive research portfolio and is associated with the European Association for Evolutionary Political Economy (EAEPE). EAEPE is an established research centre in Europe that focuses on all kinds of study and workshop of political economy around the globe (see more www.eaepe.org). Due to the nature of this institution, Charlie explained that it would be in the interest of EAEPE to be able to connect with universities around the world.

The agenda of the discussion itself explored different kinds of cooperation and topics that both institutions are interested in. PACES explored the possibility for capacity-building workshops for both lecturers/researchers and students. The workshop for lecturers will revolve around teaching methods for delivering lectures in European studies, writing policy brief with focus on Europe, as well as integrating teaching, research and public consultancy. While for students, the workshop will be for training junior researchers in terms of finding topics for research, different methods, approaches and data-gathering for producing analysis of quality. PACES would also like to invite Charlie as a key speaker in a guest-lecture setting for students at HI UNPAR as well as other Indonesian universities in the upcoming semester.

Charlie – representing POLIS at the University of Leeds and EAEPE – is specifically interested in collaborating with PACES at HI UNPAR for conducting research on the global political economy and seeks to explore the topic of the UK’s colonial investment and – on it – wants to build a structure for longer partnership. This longer-term partnership with the University of Leeds might involve different topics such as European integration, political economy, Britain’s experience being in and out of the EU, palm oil issue, Indonesia’s nickel issue with the EU, and other global challenges. In partnership with PACES, Charlie has also agreed to speak to Indonesia’s Community for European Studies (ICES) about the rise of far-right parties in Europe and to explore the possibilities for cooperation between Indonesia and other European countries in the midst of this tumultuous political period.