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Profile lecturer that will be present at Summer Academy Urban Transitions: DAVID HENLEY

One of the lecturers that will be present at Summer Academy Urban Transitions: Heritage, Health, and Sustainability in the Smart City is DAVID HENLEY.

David Henley is a professor of Contemporary Indonesia Studies in Leiden University since 2010. Before that, he was a researcher in the Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV) in 1993-2011.

His fields of interest cover the politics, history, and geography of Southeast Asia, particularly Indonesia. Within Indonesia, David has a special interest in the island of Sulawesi. He has published on nationalism and regionalism, on environmental, demographic and agricultural history, on colonial expansion, on political institutions and ideology, and on economic development and finance. His most recent research has been on the comparative economic histories of Southeast Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, and on processes of state formation in Southeast Asia.


David is the author of

  • Asia-Africa Development Divergence: A Question of Intent, London: Zed Books, 2015
  • Fertility, Food and Fever: Population, Economy and Environment in North and Central Sulawesi, 1600-1930, Leiden: KITLV Press, 2005
  • Jealousy and Justice: The Indigenous Roots of Colonial Rule in Northern Sulawesi, Amsterdam: Free University Press, 2002
  • Nationalism and Regionalism in a Colonial Context: Minahasa in the Dutch East Indies, Leiden: KITLV Press, 1996


Summer Academy Urban Transitions, The first event – a master class/summer academy is jointly organized by Leiden University, the University of Indonesia (Jakarta), and Gadjah Mada University (Yogyakarta). It brings together scientists and scholars from the faculties of medicine, humanities, social sciences, and environmental sciences to formulate interdisciplinary approaches to tackling a complex Indonesian and global challenge.

If you are not affiliated to Leiden University or University of Indonesia or Gadjah Mada University, but you are interested to join the academy, please contact us at