Wardani, Ms. E.M (Ekoningtyas)

  • PhD Candidate
  • Food security
  • Indigenous people
  • Southeast Asia
  • Rural agriculture and development
  • Environmental problems and sustainable livelihood

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 3961
E-Mail: e.m.wardani@fsw.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen, Instituut CA/Ontwikkelingssociologie
Office Address: Pieter de la Court gebouw
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden
Room number 6C01

Ekoningtyas Margu Wardani is a researcher in Bintang Gaharu Indonesia and at the Center for Asia and Pacific Studies of Gadjah Mada University. She is doing her PhD research at the Institute Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology of Leiden University.


Ekoningtyas Margu Wardani conducts a research on food security for Orang Rimba (forest people) in Jambi, Indonesia. The research provides the discourses of forest-dependent people in their struggle to search a basic human right of food as forest degradation as their habitat is continuing degraded over time. She argues that the non-mainstream approach to achieve food security is needed and should not be put against Orang Rimba local culture, rather must be melted and recognized because they contribute, in one-way or another, in minimizing risks of forest destruction and that they are reflective of the values and culture of the keeper of the forest.


  • Salzburg Global Seminar, 'China in the 21st Century: What Kind of World Power?', December 2012, the Nippon Foundation

  • Building A Better Asia Leadership Programs, Beijing-China, 19-26 September 2010, the Nippon Foundation


  • Louwes Fellowship Award, Food and Water Security for Indigenous People in Southeast Asia Program (February 2012 – January 2016)

  • Civil Society Research Facility (CSRF) Award, Centre for International Development Issues Nijmegen (CIDIN) in cooperation with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2011-2012)

  • East Asian Development Network Individual Research Award (January-July 2011)

  • Economy and Environment Program for Southeast Asia Research Program (July-Sept 2010)

  • Asian Public Intellectuals Fellowship, the Nippon Foundation, (July 2008 - June 2009)

  • East Asia Development Network Individual Research Award, August-December (2007)

  • Scholarship Programme for Inter Cultural/Inter Regional Studies, CAPS in cooperation with Ford Foundation (June-November 2006)


Relevant links

Selected Research & Publications

Academic Journal

  • Wardani, E.M., 'Food for Indigenous Communities in Times of Global Crisis: Reflection from the Experience of Orang Rimba Community (Jambi Province, Indonesia) and Ifugao Community (Ifugao Province, the Philippines)', Jurnal Kajian Wilayah Vol. 2, No. 1, 2011 LIPIA

Academic Research Reports

  • Wardani and Ssenyonga, 'The Impact of the Soaring Food Prices on Food Security Status and Poverty in Indonesia', East Asian Development Network (EADN), 2012
  • Wardani et. al., 'Assessment of the Effectiveness of Forest Fire Reduction Programs in Indonesia: A Short Survey', Economy and Environment Program for Southeast Asia (EEPSEA), December 2010
  • Wardani, et. al., 'Food Security for Ethnic Communities in Indonesia', East Asia Development Network (EADN), 2009 


  • Living landscapes, connected communities: culture, environment, and change across Asia on the paper entitled 'Using local knowledge for disaster risk reduction: experience from Thailand and Indonesia', Ekoningtyas Margu Wardani and Justine Vaz., Areca Books, Malaysia,  2014

  • Local Civil Society Dynamics in Indonesia, Centre for Asia Pacific Studies UGM and Faculty Geography of UGM in cooperation with Center for International Development Issues Nijmegen the Netherlands, 2013 (Contributor)

  • Soaring food prices, food security, and poverty in Indonesia, Wardani Ekoningtyas Margu and Ssenyonga Muyanja, Lap Publisher, Germany, 2013

  • Confluences and Challenges in Building the Asian Community in the Early 21st Century on the paper entitled 'Food for the Ethnic Minority: Maintaining Food Security for the Ifugao Community, in Northern Luzon, in the Philippines', Nippon Foundation Fellowships for Asian Public Intellectuals, 2009