Iwu Dwisetyani Utomo, PhD

Fellow, HDR Convenor
Australian Demographic and Social Research Institute
Head of the Indonesian Diaspora Network ACT
The Australian National University
Canberra ACT 0200, Australia



Dr. Utomo is a Fellow and PhD Convenor at the Australian Demographic and Social Research Institute, Australian National University. She teaches Social Research Design and Gender and Population for postgraduate students as well as supervising Master and PhD students. She has experiences in designing and running survey and qualitative interviews on reproductive health matters and sexuality. Before she became a Fellow she was working at the Indonesian Ministry of Population and Environment and the Population and Family Planning Coordinating Board/BKKBN. She has strong ties and network with the Indonesian stake holders, policy makers, parliamentarians and senate as well as NGOs working on gender, sexuality and reproductive health issues. She leads two big projects: The Greater Jakarta Transition to Adulthood Survey funded by ARC, WHO, Ford Foundation and National University of Singapore and the Indonesian Gender and Reproductive Health Study (Funded by AusAID). Her most recent publication is on “Young people’s understanding of domestic violence: evidence from a school based survey of Grade 6 and Grade 12 students in Indonesia” (2014, Genus, v. 70, n. 2-3, ISSN 2035-5556).

Research Interest

Her research interests include: Gender empowerment, gender depiction in school textbooks, curriculum and school system, reproductive health and sexuality, sexual health, transition to adulthood and life course in Indonesia, and her research experience has extended to Indonesia, Timor Leste, PNG, Thailand, Mozambique and South Africa.


Her interdisciplinary background –psychology, population studies and demography– translates into more than two decades of professional activities across sectors. In Indonesia, she has wide networks and has presented keynote addresses at the Indonesian Parliament, Senate (DPRD) and KOMAS Perempuan on Gender Depiction in school textbooks and curriculum and violence against women, sexual harassment and domestic violence. Her research on Gender and Reproductive Health in Indonesia has become a background academic paper for the Indonesian draft bill on gender equality. She has been awarded as outstanding ANU women award; best supervisor; ANU Inspiring Women and nominated for the 2014 and 2015 Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence in Teaching and Supervision. Her research is focused in Indonesia but has extended to Timor Leste, PNG, Thailand, Mozambique and South Africa. She has strong interpersonal communication skill and collaboration with policy makers in Indonesia; experiences in designing and leading workshops on gender, research design, population policy and development and reproductive health issues. She is also strong in designing and winning proposal as well as managing big project. Currently she is working on two books, Gender and reproductive health education in Indonesia and Transition to Adulthood in Greater Jakarta.

Scientific Activities


• 1997, Freeport Paper Prize Competition, Berkeley University
• 2010, Outstanding ANU Women Award
• 2010, Best Supervisor, ANU Award
• 2012, ANU Inspiring Women Award
• 2012, Pfizer Price Paper Competition Award-Indonesia
• 2013, Community: Indonesian Diaspora ACT-Head


1. Utomo ID, McDonald P, Reimondos A, Utomo A, Hull TH. Sex Education (2013): Do primary students understand how pregnancy can occur? A comparison of students in Jakarta, West Java, West Nusa Tenggara and South Sulawesi, Indonesia. Sex Education: Sexuality, Society and Learning. doi: 10.1080/14681811.2013.833503
2. Utomo A, Reimondos A, Utomo I, et al. What happens after you drop out? Transition to adulthood among early school-leavers in urban Indonesia. Demographic Research. 2014; 30(41): 1189-1218. doi: 10.4054/DemRes.2014.30.41
3. Utomo A, Reimondos A, Utomo I, et al. Digital inequalities and young adults in Greater Jakarta: A socio-demographic perspective. International Journal of Indonesian Studies. 2013; 1: 79-109.
4. Utomo A, Reimondos A, Utomo ID, McDonald P, Hull T. Female Migrants and the Transition to Adulthood in Greater Jakarta. The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. 2013; 648(1): 70-86. doi: 10.1177/0002716213483427
5. McDonald P, Utomo ID, Utomo A, Reimondos A, Hull T. Migration and Transition to Adulthood: Education and Employment Outcomes among Young Migrants in Greater Jakarta. Journal of Asian Population Studies. 2013; 9(1): 4-27. doi: 10.1080/17441730.2012.736700
6. Wienta D, Utomo ID, Neeman T, Oktavian A. Beyond sexual desire and curiosity: sexuality among senior high school students in Papua and West Papua Provinces (Indonesia) and implications for HIV prevention. Culture, Health & Sexuality. 2011; 13(9):1047-1060 doi: 10.1080/13691058.2011.599862
7. Hull T, Martin Hilber A, Chersich MF, et al. Prevalence, motivations and adverse effects of vaginal practices in Africa and Asia: findings of a multi-country household survey. Journal of Womens Health. 2011; 20(7): 1097-1109. doi: 10.1089/jwh.2010.2281
8. Tangmunkongvorakul A , Banwell C, Carmichael G, Utomo ID, Sleigh A. Birth control, pregnancy and abortion among adolescents in chiang mai, Thailand. Asian Population Studies. 2011; 7: 1, 15 -34. doi: 10.1080/17441730.2011.544902
9. Tangmunkongvorakul A , Banwell C, Carmichael G, Utomo ID, Sleigh A. Sexual identities and lifestyles among non-heterosexual urban Chiang Mai youth: implications for health. Culture, Health & Sexuality. 2010 ;12(7):827-841; doi: 10.1080/13691058.2010.499150.
10. Tangmunkongvorakul A , Banwell C, Carmichael G, Utomo ID, Sleigh A. Sexual perceptions and practices of young people in Northern Thailand. Journal of Youth Studies. 2010. doi: 10.1080/13676261.2010.522562
11. Hilber AM, Hull T, Preston-Whyte E, et al. A cross cultural study of vaginal practices and sexuality: Implications for sexual health. Social Science & Medicine. 2010; 70: 392-400. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2009.10.023
12. Utomo ID, McDonald P. Adolescent Reproductive Health in Indonesia: Contested Values and Policy Inaction. Studies in Family Planning. 2009; 40(2): 133-146.
13. Widyantoro N, Lestari H, Hanifah L, Utomo ID, Putranti BD, Subagya YT. Gender, Sexuality and Vaginal Practices Qualitative Findings in Yogyakarta 2005. Mitra Inti Foundation, Jakarta, in English and Bahasa. 2007.
14. Utomo ID. Young and single as non-sexual being: politics of reproductive health in Indonesia. Journal of Population. 2006; 12(2): 185-199.
15. Utomo ID, Hull T. Vaginal Practices in Indonesia. Making the Connection: Sexuality and Reproductive Health, News and Views on Sexuality: Education, Health and Rights. Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States. 2006; 4(3).
16. Utomo ID. The booming industries of vagina treatments: commercialization of the myth on tight sex (Maraknya bisnis perawatan organ intim perempuan: kommersialisasi mitos seks peret). Womens Feature, Journal Perempuan Online, Journal of Women Foundation, in Bahasa, Jakarta. 2006.
17. Utomo ID, Arsyad SS, Hasmi EN. Village family planning volunteers in Indonesia: Their role in family planning programme. Reproductive Health Matters. 2006; 14(27): 73-82. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0968-8080(06)27230-6
18. Utomo I. Book Review – Violence Against Women: The Health Sector Reponses. Australian Journal of Social Issues. 2006; 40(4): 573-575.
19. Utomo I. Book review – Women, Islam and Modernity: Single Women, Sexuality and Reproductive Health in Contemporary Indonesia. Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies. 2006; 42(1): 129-130.
20. Utomo ID. Fertility and reproductive health of women in Timor-Leste: Results from the 2003 Demographic and Health Survey. Development Bulletin. 2005; 68: 87-89.
21. Utomo ID. Reproductive health education in Indonesia: school versus parents roles in providing sexuality information. RIMA (Review of Indonesian and Malaysian Affairs Journal). 2003; 37(1): 107-134.
22. Utomo ID, Robinson K. Introduction in, RIMA Special Edition on Youth, Sexuality, and Personal Life in Indonesia, with Kathy Robinson. RIMA. 2003; 37(1): 5-16.
23. Utomo ID, Robinson K. RIMA Special Edition on Youth, Sexuality, and Personal Life in Indonesia. RIMA. 2003; 37(1): 107-167.
24. Utomo ID. New Approaches in studying young people sexuality and reproductive health behaviour: how can it be measured and tracked ? (A case study of Indonesia). Journal of Population ). 2001; 7(1): 1-40.
25. Utomo ID. Sexuality among Jakarta Middle Class Young People, Asian People and Cities. Newsletter of the Asian Urban Center of KOBE (AUICK). 1999; 15-21.
26. Utomo ID. State Ideologies and Provision of Reproductive Health Education and Services: a Case Study of Indonesia. Journal of Population. 1999; 5(1): 29-66.
27. Utomo ID, McDonald P. Middle class young people and their parents in Jakarta: generational differences in sexual attitudes and behavior. Journal of Population. 1997; 2(2): 169-201.
28. Utomo ID. Sexual violence: the spread of STDs/AIDS among young people (Kekerasan seksual: penularan PMS/AIDS di kalangan remaja). Indonesian AIDS Newsletter. 1997; 4.
29. Utomo ID, Utomo A, Reimondos A, McDonald P, Hull T. Young people’s understanding of domestic violence: evidence from a school based survey of Grade 6 and Grade 12 students in Indonesia. Genus, Journal of Population Science. 2014; 70(2-3):35-57. http://scistat.cilea.it/index.php/genus/article/view/544/285
30. Tangmunkongvorakul A, Banwell C, Carmichael G, et al. Use and perceptions of sexual and reproductive health services among young northern Thai people. Southeast Asian Journal Tropical Medicine Public Health. 2012; 43 (2): 479-500. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3732782/pdf/emss-53775.pdf