Heni Kurniasih is a senior researcher at SMERU. She holds a Ph.D. from the Faculty of Sciences, the University of Melbourne with a dissertation titled, Multi-level transitions in the community forestry system for development in Indonesia, a Master of International Development from the University of Melbourne, and a Bachelor Degree in Political Sciences from Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia. Her studies included the application of systems of innovation theory to understand multi-level transitions in the governance of community forestry in Indonesia. She also studied the governance of water management in Jakarta and the political economy of climate change. She has a strong local knowledge on policy processes in the Indonesian context built from her previous experience as a Program Officer and as a Young Scholar Officer, in the Australia-Indonesia Governance Research Partnership (AIGRP), an international development project managed by Australian National University and funded by AusAID. Her previous work experience also includes working with a reputable national media outlet. At SMERU, she has been involved in the study diagnostic of the education system in West Nusa Tenggara province.