Gerard Persoon

Gerard Persoon


Phone: +31 (0)71 527 6826

Postal Address:

Pieter de la Court gebouw
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden


Professor at the Department of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology, University of Leiden. He holds the IIAS chair for Environment and Development in particular in relation to indigenous peoples in Southeast Asia. In the JARAK Programme, Prof. Persoon is the supervisor of Henky Widjaja.

Educational Background /working experience
Prof. Gerard Persoon has a background in anthropology and environmental science. He is a member of the Dutch governmental committee for sustainable timber and a number a other organizations in the field of environment and development.

Research Focus (thematic)
His research focus is on human-environment interaction in various types of environments but mainly of forest-dwelling peoples in Indonesia and the Philippines. He has been involved in numerous research and training projects in the Southeast Asian region and he has also been involved in nature conservation projects. He has published on development processes among indigenous peoples, co-management and conservation of natural resources, and issues related to island societies.

He also supervised PhD dissertations in various fields, including: the role of indigenous peoples in biodiversity conservation and natural resource management in Indonesia, the Philippines and Taiwan; the exploitation of non-timber forest products, the management of marine and inland fisheries, and the modernization of pastoralism.

Research focus (geographical)
Mentawai Islands (Siberut), Kalimantan,  Indonesia in general, the Philippines

Contributions to this E-Publication

(Main) Publications

2014        Persoon G.A. Queen Wilhelmina, Mother of the Mentawaians:The Dutch National Anthem in Indonesia and as Part of the Music Culture of Siberut.. In: Barendregt B., E. Bogaerts (Eds.) Recollecting Resonances: Indonesian – Dutch Musical Encounters. Leiden: Brill. 61-87.