Biography


I am a PhD Candidate at Queensland University of Technology who worked in the NGO and university sectors. I delivered presentations at conferences organised by the Indonesian Constitutional Court, the University of Sydney, the University of Indonesia, the University of Jember, the National University of Singapore, Vietnam National University, and Chulalongkorn University. I have also published articles in peer-reviewed journals and served as a reviewer in some journals published by Oxford, Sage, and Elsevier.

I was among the expert members in researching and drafting the human rights standards for the right to adequate housing, part of the Indonesia National Commission of Human Rights initiatives. This document has become the national guideline for policymakers and decision-makers on housing in Indonesia. 

You may download my curriculum vitae, and read my selected papers.

What’s my doctoral research?

Research Title: Indonesia’s agricultural land use decision-making and the right to food.

This research critically examines how the Indonesian government’s decision-making on agricultural land use can promote the right to adequate food. I argue that the agricultural land-use framework incorporating the right to food enables the government to empower small farmers to have access to land resources to produce food for their livelihood. Throughout this research, which I developed empirically with the voices of small-scale farmers, policymakers, decision-makers, and academic experts, I will be able to understand the underlying barriers to agricultural land use change in Indonesia on the right to food. I also propose how the current framework needs to be reformed to realise better food-related land use policies with a human rights approach.

Keywords: agricultural land use, food policies, food sovereignty, food security, right to food

Supervisors: Prof Amanda Kennedy, Dr Hope Johnson

I am educated in Indonesia, India, and Australia. I completed Sarjana Hukum (S.H. –Bachelor of Laws) at the University of Jember (2011), with a thesis that critically examines the regulatory framework of Indonesia's regional head elections and their way forward to endure the democratic process. Part of this research was published in a peer-reviewed journal, "Pemilihan Kepala Daerah di Indonesia Setelah Reformasi: Kesinambungan dan Perubahan," in Undang: Jurnal Hukum Vol. 4:2 (2021). I graduated Master of Laws (LL.M.) in International Economic Law from Osmania University (2015), with a thesis that critically analyses the membership of the European Union in the WTO and its impact on legal personality. Part of this thesis was published in a peer-reviewed journal, "Constitutional Debate on European Union’s Shifting Pathway towards Supranationalism," in Lex Scientia Law Review Vol. 6:1 (2022). In 2023, I started doing a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), with a thesis that critically evaluates the relationship between Indonesia's agricultural land use decision-making and the right to food. He presented this part of the literature review at the 6th Conference on Human Rights (2023) held by the University of Sydney and was selected among the best papers, "Mainstreaming of the Right to Food in Indonesia's Decentralised Context."

  • Bachelor of Laws (S.H. –Sarjana Hukum) from the University of Jember, Indonesia (2007-2011)
  • Master of Laws (LL.M.) in International Economic Law from Osmania University, India (2013-2015)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Law (Agricultural and Food Law) at Queensland University of Technology, Australia (2023-2027)

SCHOLARSHIPS 

  • Indonesia Endowment Fund for Education (LPDP) Scholarship to pursue Doctor of Philosophy (2023-2027)
  • Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) Scholarship to pursue Master's Degree (2013-2015)

 

AWARDS

  • Ambassador Awards for Excellence, Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in New Delhi (2013)
  • 2nd Winner of Student of the Year at the University of Jember (2011)
  • 1st Winner of the Student of the Year at the Faculty of Law, University of Jember (2011)
  • Padmo Wahjono Award, 1st Winner of the National Law Debate Competition held by the Faculty of Law, University of Indonesia (2010)
  • Constitutional Award, 1st Winner of the National Writing Competition held by the Indonesian Constitutional Court (2009)

Email: m.ulum@hdr.qut.edu.au

Office: Z Block, Level 8, Room Z801, QUT Gardens Point, 2 George St, Brisbane 4000