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Professor Thomas Anton Reuter

University of Melbourne

Thomas Anton Reuter
Thomas Anton Reuter

Thomas Reuter is a Future Fellow of the Australian Research Council, and a professor at the Asia Institute of the University of Melbourne. After obtaining his PhD from the Australian National University in 1997, he taught at Heidelberg University in Germany, and since then has secured a string of prestigious research fellowships at Melbourne and Monash Universities in Australia. He has organized numerous conferences, symposia, workshops and panels at universities around the world.

He was elected President of the Australian Anthropological Association (2002-2005). He further served as executive member (2004-2008) and then as chair (2008-2012) of the World Council of Anthropological Associations. He also is a member of the executive of the International Social Science Council (ISSC), and is on the board of advisors for the World Social Science Report (2011-2013) and the World Social Science Forum (2014-15), and was a reviewer of the draft IPPC report on climate change (AR5). He is a board member of Anthropologists without Borders and of several journals.

During his first term of service as a member of the executive of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences, Prof Reuter was responsible for writing the original draft of the revised statutes that are now in operation, and for incorporating the revisions of this first draft in response to numerous rounds of comments from and rigorous debate with colleagues.

Prof Reuter's research has focused on Indonesian ethnology, new social movements, religion, political anthropology, elites, status, social organization, climate change, food security, globalization and general theory. He has authored more than eighty articles and the following nine books: Custodians of the Sacred Mountains: Culture and Society in the Highlands of Bali; Honolulu, Hawaii UP; 2002. The House of Our Ancestors: Precedence and Dualism in Highland Balinese Society; Leiden: KITLV Press; 2002. Inequality, Crisis and Social Change in Indonesia: The Muted Worlds of Bali; London: Routledge; 2003. Budaya dan Masyarakat di Pegunungan Bali; Jakarta: Yayasan Obor; 2005. Sharing the Earth, Dividing the Land: Land and Territory in the Austronesian world; Canberra: ANU Press; 2006. Global Trends in Religion, and the Reaffirmation of Hindu Identity in Bali; Clayton: MAI Press; 2008. The Return to Constitutional Democracy in Indonesia; Caulfield: MAI Press; 2010. Faith in the Future: Understanding the Revitalization of Religions and Cultural Traditions in Asia; Leiden: Brill; 2013. Averting a Global Environmental Collapse: The Role of Anthropology and Local Knowledge; London: Cambridge Scholars; 2015. Two further books on international food security and on political elites are forthcoming.

Thomas Reuter's Curriculum Vitae is available at