On 19 November 2013, Global Food Studies researchers Wahida and Risti Permani as well as Dias Satria, a PhD candidate at School of Agriculture, Food and Wine at University of Adelaide co-organised the 2013 PhD Conference in Indonesia and Development Studies at the Australian National University (ANU). The event was a collaboration between University of Adelaide-based GoLive Indonesia and ANU-based Indonesian Synergy led by Erick Hansnata. The event was sponsored by the Australia-Indonesia Institute at the DFAT. The event was well attended by researchers, students, industry representatives and Australian government representatives. Professor Edward Aspinall, Head of Department Political and Social Change IPS ANU, gave a keynote speech on Indonesia’s political outlook in 2014.
Wahida presented her work entitled “Exploring Indonesian Consumers’ Demand for Certified Organic Agricultural Products: An Analysis of Double Hurdle (Cragg) Model”. Her study aims at investigating Indonesian urban consumers’ understandings, perceptions and demand for food products with credence attributes, in this case certified organic agricultural products. This ongoing study is part of her PhD thesis under supervision of Associate Professor Wendy Umberger. At the conference, Wahida’s work was discussed by Dr Yogi Vidyattama, Senior Fellow NATSEM University of Canberra. Wahida’s study is expected to contribute to policy discussions and industry development on the importance of organic certification by improving understanding of consumer characteristics who are willing to pay for a premium for these organic products.