Jaap is Lecturer and Director of the Applied Anthropology Program in the Department of Anthropology at Macquarie University since January 2010. Before moving to Sydney he was based in Jakarta where he worked as a Senior Research Fellow and Project Manager for Leiden University Access to Justice Project. Jaap has a broad regional interest in the Southwest Pacific and Southeast Asia, with particular emphasis on Melanesia (Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands) and Indonesia (Kalimantan, Papua and Maluku). His anthropological research focuses on the cultural politics of knowledge with particular emphasis on religion, ethnicity, migration, tenure arrangements, access to justice, governance, and non-state regulations. Jaap is also interested in designing, undertaking, and managing research, and organising and managing projects that take a lively interest in the history, use and meaning of indigenous knowledge.