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Joanna Octavia

Joanna Octavia started her PhD at the IER in 2018, researching how informal workers in the developing world organise for collective action in the digital age.

Previously, she was a Senior Public Policy Associate at Uber in Indonesia, where she led cross-functional teams to establish the brand’s profile among policymakers through nationwide engagement and strategic partnerships. Prior to Uber, Joanna worked as a Senior Researcher at the Center for Public Policy Transformation in Jakarta, conducting studies on Indonesia’s investment competitiveness, job creation, and financing in sustainable development. Additionally, she had also worked as an Analyst at Bloomberg LP in Singapore, and as a Research Intern at The Serco Institute in London. As a result of her diverse experiences, she has developed a keen interest in topics surrounding labour relations, digitisation of the informal sector, and the relationship between government and business in developing countries.

Joanna graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science with a Master of Science in Comparative Politics, and from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science. She is one of the two official representatives of Indonesia to the 2018 Y20 Summit in Argentina, the official youth forum of the G20.

Research interests

Informal sector; worker voice; industrial relations; platform economy