Sylvia Tidey

  • PhD Supervisor
  • Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences Program group Anthropology of Health, Care and the Body


Sylvia is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Amsterdam. Her current research focuses on the lived experiences of waria, Indonesian transgender women, in a wider context of HIV and gender-related regimes of care. She looks at how waria manage to live lives they consider to be happy amidst conflicting and contradictory notions of what counts as the good life as practiced in family intimacies and espoused by medical and rights discourses. Her research thus connects global and local circulations of HIV care and LGBT activism, as well as medical and political discourses and practices in Indonesia.

As part of the ChemicalYouth project, Sylvia supervises two PhD researchers: Diana Pakasi and Nastasja Ilonka Roels. Both of these PhD projects take place in Indonesia.


S. Tidey (2014). A divided provincial town: the development from ethnic to class-based segmentation in Kupang, West Timor. In G. van Klinken & W. Berenschot (Eds.), In search of middle Indonesia: middle classes in provincial towns (Verhandelingen van het Koninklijk Instituut voor Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde, 292) (pp. 89-109). Leiden: Brill.

S. Tidey (2013). Corruption and Adherence to Rules in the Construction Sector: Reading the "Bidding Books". American Anthropologist, 115 (2), 188-202. doi: 10.1111/aman.12003

S. Tidey (2012). A divided provincial town: the development from ethnic to class segmentation in Kupang, West Timor. City & Society, 24 (3), 302-320. doi: 10.1111/ciso.12002