Eastern Indonesian Field Intensive (EIFI)

Eastern Indonesian Field Intensive (EIFI)

This is a joint project with Universitas Kristen Satya Wacana (UKSW), Universitas Nusa Cendana (UNDANA) and Univerisitas Gadjah Mada (UGM).
Staff and students from all four universities travel to Linamnutu Village, West Timor, Indonesia to investigate rural development, food, water and land tenure issues with the support of village residents and leadership. The work is undertaken in a multi-linguistic, cross-cultural, cross-disciplinary sectoral setting.
The project is positioned at the research-teaching nexus €“ it has both educational objectives and is a pilot research project in rural development.
The field intensive is held every 2 years, and the next one is currently being planned for June 2013.
The student information website is available at http://learnline.cdu.edu.au/units/sid300/
A website of resources for students (including technical report describing outcome from EIFI 2009) at http://www.cdu.edu.au/itl/EIFIWEB/
An audio-visual presentation on EIFI as an educational activity can be found at http://vimeo.com/47215425
A summary of findings to date are reported in: Myers B., Wurm P., Palekahelu D., Liufeto G., Mangimbulude J., Kapa M., Fisher R. (2012).  Food Security and Access to Water Resources: A Case Study at a Village in West Timor. Kritis 21(2): 134-154.
EIFI has been developed with the cash and in kind support support of the ATSE Crawford Fund, BAPEDDA TTS, and the participating universities, and the generous hospitality of the residents of Linamnutu Village, West Timor.

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Dr Penny Wurm
Senior Lecturer and Research Fellow

Primary research group

Environmental Science Learning and Teaching


PhD, Charles Darwin University. 1998. BSc (Hons I), Murdoch University. 1987. BSc, Murdoch University. Completed December 1979 BSc University of the South Pacific, Fiji. Commenced 1976.