Prof Thomas Reuter is a Professor at the Asia Institute of The University of Melbourne. After obtaining his PhD from ANU in 1997, he taught at Heidelberg University, held post-doctoral and QElI Fellowships at Melbourne, and a Research Fellowship at Monash University. He was President of the Australian Anthropological Association (2002-2005) and served as chair of the World Council of Anthropological Associations. He is currently Senior Vice-President of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences, a member of the advisory board of Future Earth (Asia) and on the executive of the International Social Science Council. Personal research has focused on Indonesian ethnology, New Social Movements, Religion, Political Anthropology, Elites, Status, Social Organization, Climate Change, Ecology, Globalisation and General Theory.
Thomas has authored more than ninety articles and the following ten books: Custodians of the Sacred Mountains: Culture and Society in the Highlands of Bali. Honolulu: Hawaii UP, 2002; The House of Our Ancestors: Precedence and Dualism in Highland Balinese Society. Leiden: KITLV Press, 2002; Inequality, Crisis and Social Change in Indonesia: The Muted Worlds of Bali. London: Routledge, 2003; Budaya dan Masyarakat di Pegunungan Bali. Jakarta: Yayasan Obor, 2005; Sharing the Earth, Dividing the Land: Land and Territory in the Austronesian world. Canberra: ANU Press, 2006; Global Trends in Religion, and the Reaffirmation of Hindu Identity in Bali. Clayton: MAI Press, 2008. The Return to Constitutional Democracy in Indonesia, Caulfield: MAI Press, 2010; Faith in the Future: Understanding the Revitalization of Religions and Cultural Traditions in Asia. Leiden: Brill, 2013; Averting a Global Environmental Collapse: The Role of Anthropology and Local Knowledge. London: Cambridge Scholars, 2015; Trajectories: Excursions with the Anthropology of E Douglas Lewis. Frankfurt: Peter Lang.