Dr Bayu Dardias Kurniadi

Email address: bayudardias@ugm.ac.id

Institutional Affiliation:  Universitas Gadjah Mada


I concentrate on the political economy of the Indonesian aristocracies. As a country with more than 17.000 islands, Indonesia’s aristocracy is fragmented with low level of institutionalisation. From hundreds of aristocracies in the 1950s, currently, only less than 50 aristocracies survive the political changes. One of them is the Yogyakarta aristocracy that received a special province that the Sultan is ex officio governor. How these aristocracies survive and how the define their role in current and future society are my focus of study.

Current research projects on modern monarchy:

The state of Yogyakarta’s local democracy – Indonesian local democracy series funded by BRIN (Indonesian Research and Innovation Institute)

Forthcoming, current or recent research publications on modern monarchy:

Kurniadi, B. D., The Moluccas’ Surviving Aristocracy in Indonesian Politics: Fragmentation and Land-based Political Support, PCD Journal, Vol. 8, No. 2 (2020).

Kurniadi, B. D., Defending the Sultanate’s territory: Yogyakarta during the Indonesian decolonisation 1942-1950, in Monarchies and Decolonisation in Asia, Robert Aldrich and Cindy MacCreery (eds), (Manchester: Manchester University Press 2020).

Kurniadi, B. D., Defending the Sultanate’s Land: Yogyakarta, Aristocratic Power and Control over Land in Post-Autocratic Indonesia, (Australian National University 2019).

Kurniadi, B.D., Preparing a Female Sultan: The Legitimacy of Heaven and the Effectiveness of the Regime of Sultan Hamengkubuwono X, Indonesian Society, 42 (1), (2016) 31-51.

Kurniadi, B.D., The Queen with a Million Vote. In Faraz (Ed.), Interpreting the 40 Years of Queen Hemas’s Achievement, (Yogyakarta: Kanisius 2016).

Kurniadi, B.D., Yogyakarta in Decentralized Indonesia, Integrating Traditional Institutions into a Democratic Republic, Journal of Social and Political Science,Vol. 13, No. 2, (November 2009).




Dr Cindy McCreery
Department of History, A18 Brennan MacCallum Building, University of Sydney