CHASM Research Fellow 2019: Dr Irni Rahmayan Johan

Dr Irni Rahmayani Johan, Lecturer at Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, Faculty of Human Ecology, Bogor Agricultural University (IPB), Indonesia

Collaborator: Professor Karen Rowlingson

Irni completed her doctoral degree in March 2018 at the University of Birmingham.  Her thesis explored ‘The financial knowledge, attitudes and behaviour of university students in Indonesia’.  Her main research interests include personal finance, financial education and consumer behaviour.  As well as teaching and researching, Irni is a member of the Centre of Disaster Studies IPB and has also participated in empowerment programmes, such as financial education for women, youth, and establishing small business enterprises for communities in Indonesia.

Irni and Karen will be researching the area of financial capability of populations in Southeast Asia.  This project will contribute to better understanding of financial capability in Southeast Asia by exploring financial capability in a comparative context using a variety of different models. By doing so, Irni and Karen will be able to understand more about the disparity of financial capability between countries and among specific groups within a population.  Irni is also keen to build a strong network of scholars working in the field of financial capability and financial inclusion as part of the project.

The research fellowship will culminate in a:

  • Detailed report on financial capability of populations in Southeast Asia
  • Joint journal publication
  • Strong international network of financial capability scholars