John McCarthy is Associate Professor in the Resources Environment and Development program at the Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University. His research focuses on questions of governance, institutions and rural development with a focus on forestry, agriculture, food security and land use, particularly in Indonesia. He is along with Rob Cramb the co-editor of "The Oil Palm Complex: Smallholders, Agribusiness and the State in Indonesia and Malaysia" (NUS Press, 2016)