Researcher biography

Dr Greta Nabbs-Keller’s research interests are focussed on Indonesia’s defence, security and foreign policy engagement with states in the Indo-Pacific region. She has worked previously in senior policy and analytical roles for the Department of Defence in Canberra and Jakarta, and finished her Australian Public Service career as a Senior Indonesia Analyst. Greta has utilised her Indonesia expertise in government consulting, research and international development roles. She contributes regularly to media and think-tank analysis on Indonesian defence, political and foreign policy issues and engages with policy communities through submissions, dialogues and executive educations programs. In her role as a Fellow with the Centre, Greta will focus on the internal political dynamics which shape the formulation and efficacy of Indonesia’s external facing trade, foreign and security policies. In casting light on the policy-making dynamics, often highly fluid and contested, her project seeks to enhance understanding of the opportunities and limits of Australia’s economic, diplomatic and security engagement with Indonesia. The project builds on an extant body of research examining ideational and institutional shifts in Indonesia’s foreign policy and the impact of domestic political change on Jakarta’s relations with China, ASEAN and Australia.


BA (Indonesian, Politics), M Int Security Studies, PhD (IntRel)

Memberships and board positions

Secretary - Australia Indonesia Business Council - Queensland Branch

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