Ariane Utomo

Dr Ariane Utomo


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Ariane Utomo is a  Research Fellow at the Crawford School of Public Policy of the Australian National University.  She is a social demographer, working in the field of marriage and family in Indonesia.  Her overarching research interest is to examine the relationship between family change and  four dimensions of social change in contemporary Indonesia: globalisation, economic development, demographic transition, and democratisation following the political reforms of 1998.  Her research and teaching activities are centred on how social change are reflected in attitudes to gender roles, school to work transition, women’s employment, changing marriage patterns, and the nature of social stratification in Indonesia. 

Drawing upon data from the Indonesian Census series, Ariane’s current work focuses on how changing patterns in marriage pairing relate to the broader contexts of development and social change.  Her latest work on ethnicity and marriage pairing paper can be accessed  here:

Ariane holds a Bachelor of Economics (1999, Honours in Applied Economics 2002), Bachelor of Asian Studies (1999), and a PhD in Demography  (2008) from the Australian National University.  Ariane was a graduate research exchange scholar at the Graduate School of Economics, Chuo University, Tokyo (2001-2002).  She is also a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Changing Family in Asia Cluster  of the Asia Research Institute – National University of Singapore (July- October 2016). 

She has taught Education and Labour Force (DEMO8045), and had been involved in co-lecturing/tutoring for Mathematics for Social Scientsts (DEMO6926), Computing for Social Scientists (DEMO6927), Population and Society (POPS2001), Population and Australia (SOCY2032) , Gender and Population (DEMO8048), Demographic Analysis II(DEMO8011), and Survey Data Analysis II (DEMO8089).

Available student projects

Research interests


  • Family demography
  • Gender, education, and labour force
  • Changing marriage patterns in Indonesia

Current student projects

  • Suharti, Education as destiny: Schooling progression and performance in Indonesia, completed 2013. 
  • Hasnani Rangkuti, Internal migration from Central Java, completed 2016
  • Reiko Okumura-Rougeaux, Bridging school to work in Indonesia: Determinants and obstacles, ongoing.


Past student projects

Researcher's projects

Current projects:

  • Indonesian data for population, social and economic analysis
  • Greater Jakarta Transition to Adulthood Survey

Past projects:

  • Working Late and the Spectre of Uselessness
  • Demographic effects on GDP per Capita



B. Asian Studies (ANU), BEc (Hons) (ANU), PhD (ANU)


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