Dr. Dominggus Elcid Li

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    Advanced Researcher

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    Institute of Resource Governance and Social Change

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Biography: Dr. Dominggus Elcid Li has served as the Executive Director of IRGSC (Institute of Resource Governance and Social Change) since 2013, an Indonesian think tank based in Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara Province. His research examines the correlation between subsistent communities and human trafficking. His research focuses on political sociology, focusing on corrupted institutions and the fade away of the State and its relation to subsistent communities. He is also investigating the subsistent community’s problem, particularly the urban poor’s predicaments as they migrant from rural West Timor area. Using action research, he is also developing several urban movements including anti-trafficking movement (2014-2015), urban participatory democracy (2016), and he has also developed the people’s biomolecular laboratory to address problems that people have faced during the pandemic COVID-19 (2020). He graduated in 2013 with a PhD in Sociology from the University of Birmingham.

Selected Publications:

  • Li, D.E. (2020): Children Trafficking in Indonesia: the Defeat of Subsistent Mode of Production from Market Penetration in West Timor. Jurnal Perempuan, September, 2020.

  • Li, D.E. (2020): Indonesian Social Justice Index. Book, second author. Jakarta, August 2020.

  • Li, D.E. (2020): Republic and Social Injustice: The Tragedy of the Illiterate in Indonesia. Prisma, Vol.39.

  • Li, D.E. Ed. (2019): Water Problem Among the Poors on the Border Area of Indonesia and Timor Leste. Book, IRGSC.

  • Li, D.E. (2018): Globalisation, the Role of State, and the Rule of Law Crisis: Human Trafficking in the Eastern Part of Indonesia. Book Chapter, ISEAS, 243-264.

  • Li, D.E. (2015): Indigenous Land, Global Capitalism, and Church Vision. In: Theology of Land, Makassar. Book Chapter, 227-238.

  • Li, D.E./Paul. S./Bernadetha R./Wetangterah L. (2017): Human Trafficking and Corruption in Post Suharto Period ‘within’ Indonesian Border. IRGSC, Working Paper, Kupang.

  • Lassa, J./Li, D.E. (2015): Understanding Social Exclusion in Indonesia. Asia Foundation. Link to publication.

  • Lassa, J./Li, D.E. (2015): NGO Networks and the Future of NGO Sustainability in Indonesia, NSSC. National NGO Study and Service Centre. DFAT. Link to publication. 

  • Li, D.E. (2013). Silent Suffering, Historical sociology analysis of the East Timorese in Indonesia after 1999. University of Birmingham, PhD Thesis.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Human Trafficking
  • Rural Sociolog
  • Urban Movement
  • Participatory Democracy
  • Historical Sociology

Current Position(s):

  • Executive Director of IRGSC (Institute of Resource Governance and Social Change)
  • Director of Nusantara School of Difference
  • Member of FKUB Provinsi NTT (Interfaith Dialog Forum in NTT Province)
  • Vice Chairperson of Pool Test Biomolecule Public Health Laboratory in NTT Province (Laboratorium Biomulekuler Kesehatan Masyarakat Provinsi NTT)

Past Position(s)

  • Indonesian Research Fellow, ASH Center, Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), Harvard University (2014-2015)
  • Ford Foundation Fellow in University of Birmingham UK (2006-2008)
  • Member of ITP (Peace Bridging Institute or Insititut Titian Perdamaian)
  • Contributor for TV7, Metro TV in NTT Province, Indonesia (2004-2005)

Prizes & Awards:

  • Harvard Kennedy School Indonesia Program (HKSIP) Indonesian Research Fellow,
  • University 21 Fellowship (2009)
  • Ford Foundation Fellow (2006-2009)
  • ITP (Institut Titian Perdamaian) Fellowship (2004)

Memberships & Networks:

  • Forum Academia NTT
  • Nusantara School of Difference
  • Institut Titian Perdamaian (ITP)
  • Forum Academia NTT
  • Nusantara School of Difference (NSD)
  • CEDAR (Community Engage with Difference and Religion)
  • Global Sociology (Indonesia)
  • Indonesian Social Justice Network (ISJN)