Diana Suhardiman

Diana Suhardiman
Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV)

Diana Suhardiman is director of the Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV). Her research looks at natural resource governance and development with particular focus on equity and inclusion. Putting power and politics central in the contemporary struggles of natural resource governance, she looks at power dynamics and power relationships that influence and determine the overall shaping of governance structures, processes, and outcomes across scales (local to transboundary). Placing her research at the intersection of land, water, and environmental governance, she studies power struggles and the politics of representation within the broader context of state transformation processes in Laos and Myanmar.

 Diana studied Tropical Land Use at Wageningen University (1998) and obtained her PhD in Social Science from the same university (2008). She has won several research grants, led various research programs, and served as a member of the editorial boards of Agriculture and Human Values and International Journal of Water Resources Development, scholarly committees, both in the Netherlands and globally. Between 2016-2021, she was Research Group Lead Governance and Inclusion at the International Water Management Institute, based in Vientiane, Laos, where she also worked as post-doctoral fellow and later (senior) researcher since 2008.

 She is the author of more than 60 publications mostly journal articles, book chapters and monographs on the politics of exclusion, processes of contestation and institutional emergence, and transboundary water governance in Southeast Asia.