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Mr. Muhamad Iksan | Social Sciences | Best Researcher Award

PhD Candidate, National Cheng Kung University, Indonesia

👨‍🏫 Muhamad Iksan is a Senior Researcher at Paramadina Public Policy Institute, University of Paramadina, Jakarta, specializing in Public Finance and Industrial Organization. He is also a Ph.D. Candidate at the Graduate Institute of Political Economy, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan, focusing on Political Economy of Development and Comparative Political Economy.





🎓 Muhamad Iksan holds a Ph.D. Candidate status in Political Science from National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan. He earned his M.Sc. in Business from Paramadina Graduate School of Business, Jakarta, and completed his undergraduate studies in Business Administration at the University of Indonesia.

Professional Experience

💼 Muhamad Iksan’s professional journey includes roles as a Senior Researcher at Paramadina Public Policy Institute, where he has been instrumental in shaping discussions on Indonesia’s economic policies. He has also served as Home-base Faculty at the University of Paramadina and as an Adjunct Faculty at the University of Indonesia, Department of Communication Studies.

Research Interests

🔍 Muhamad Iksan’s research interests revolve around the Political Economy of Development, focusing on Indonesia’s strategies under geopolitical shifts, foreign direct investment (FDI) dynamics in Southeast Asia, and governance responses to economic challenges.


🏆 Muhamad Iksan has received multiple grants and awards, including the National Cheng Kung University Distinguished Scholarship and grants for his research projects on Indonesia’s political economy.


2023: The political economy of Indonesia’s development strategy under China-USA power rivalry and hegemonic competition: A middle power with its hedging strategy, The Chinese Economy

2023: The local response toward Chinese investment: A case study of nickel business firms in Sulawesi, Taiwan Journal of Southeast Asian Study

2023: The determining factors of foreign direct investment (FDI) inflow: Empirical studies from the Southeast Asian Countries, Journal of Advances in Social Sciences and Policy

2022: From neoliberalism to neodevelopmentalism: Indonesian’s investment policy on the foreign capital post-new order, Journal of Advances in Social Sciences and Policy

2022: Central bank independence and policy outcomes: A trans-boundary comparison, Journal of Central Banking Law and Institutions

2021: A tale of two governments: political economy of the Indonesian investment climate reform (2004-2019), East Asian Studies

2021: The impact of Covid-19 pandemic on Indonesia consumer and business confidence indicators, Jurnal Manajemen dan Bisnis Madani


Muhamad Iksan | Social Sciences | Best Researcher Award

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