Professor Edward Aspinall is a specialist of the politics of Southeast Asia, especially Indonesia, at the Australian National University's Department of Political and Social Change. He completed his PhD at the ANU in 2000 on the topic of opposition movements and democratisation in Indonesia and thereafter researched a range of topics related to Indonesian democratisation and civil society, especially the separatist conflict in Aceh.

His current research interests include ongoing research on Indonesian national politics. He is engaged as an Australian Research Council Future Fellow in a study on the role of ethnicity in everyday politics in Indonesia, and is also part of a multi-country study on ‘money politics’ in Southeast Asia, looking at the role of patronage, vote buying, clientelism and related phenomena.