Isnawati Hidayah is pursuing PhD in Economics at Sapienza University of Rome, Italy. Isnawati graduated from Master of International Development Studies program majoring Economics Development from Wageningen University and Research, the Netherlands, in 2019. Isnawati is associated as an economic researcher at ROTASI Institute (Institute for Rural Development and Sustainability). In 2020, she also had experiences as research assistant at INDEF (Institute for Development Economic and Finance), Jakarta.
Isnawati was active in community empowerment projects in coastal areas in 2016 with PUPUK (Association for Small Business Improvement) Surabaya and PT Saka Energi Indonesia (part of Indonesia’s largest natural gas transportation and distribution company). In 2021, she actively involved on initiating circular economy project to support food security in rural area (Indonesia).
Isnawati had also been involved in the Excellence in Research program in Economics of Development Department, Wageningen University. In addition, Isnawati had also been involved as a research assistant during her internship at Wageningen Economics Research in Den Haag in a project to map food consumption and expenditure in Uganda. This program named NOUROCITY which is a collaboration between the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality of the Netherlands; LEAP-AGRI; Wageningen Economic Research, Netherlands; ZEF, Germany; and NRF, South Africa.
For her research, she interests on economic development, food security, food system, sustainability and rural development issues.