John Bowden Borobudur linguist consultantMy name is John Bowden. I am an Australian with a PhD in Linguistics and a passionate interest in Indonesia and Southeast Asia. I spent many years working in Jakarta at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology’s Jakarta Field Station for Linguistic Research. At the Jakarta Field Station we were engaged in a variety of projects documenting some of Indonesia’s rich linguistic heritage. I’ve also worked as an academic at the Australian National University and the Tokyo University for Foreign Studies. As well as Indonesia, I’ve also worked on languages of the Pacific and Timor Leste as well as Indonesia. I am particularly interested in exploring peoples’ ways of adapting to changes in the modern world, so my work involves a fair bit of politics, economics and anthropology as well as linguistics. I’m a past board member of the Nusa Tenggara Association, an Australian NGO working on development issues in the poorest parts of eastern Indonesia. I’m available for consultancy work, and I can be contacted at