(1961) studied cultural anthropology and history at the University of Leiden. He received his Ph.D. in 1994 with the thesis Patches of Padang- the History of an Indonesian Town in the Twentieth Century and the Use of Urban Space. Since September 2003 he has taught as a university lecturer at the College of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the Free Universiy of Amsterdam. Previously he worked as a university lecturer at the College of Languages and Cultures of Southeast Asia and Oceania of the University of Leiden, and as researcher at the Centre for Non-Western Studies (Leiden), the Royal Dutch Insitute for the Tropics (KITLV) and the International Institute for Asian Studies (Leiden/Amsterdam). He works at KITLV two days a week, working with Martine Barwegen on the study The Struggle for the City within the research programme 'From the Dutch East Indies to Indonesia'.
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The powershifts in the long period of decolonisation have translated themselves in streetscapes and cityscapes. Buildings changed roles and houses and earth got other owners. What role has the government played in these changes? Fourteen researchers charted the changing pattern of some big Indonesian cities, under the expert guidance of Colombijn and Purwanto.